Euro banknotes

There are currently two series of euro banknotes in circulation. The first series comprises seven different denominations: €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500.

The second series, or Europa series, consists of six denominations (the €500 banknote is not included).

All the banknotes of the first series are gradually being replaced by the Europa series banknotes. However, they are all still legal tender, including the €500 banknote which has no longer been issued since 2019. The fact that they are legal tender means that they can be used as a means of payment and a store of value (i.e. to purchase and save).

Tell us what you think about the quality of your banknotes

Your feedback is important in helping us meet this target. Please take a few minutes to complete our online survey on the condition of the euro banknotes you use day-to-day. 

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Future banknotes

The Eurosystem is working on the design of a new series of banknotes in which citizens are playing a very important role. 

The Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) selected “European culture” and “Rivers and birds” as the possible themes to choose from for future euro banknotes. The decision takes into account the results of surveys conducted in the summer of 2023, for the European public to express their preferences from seven shortlisted themes. The ECB is expected to decide on the final designs, and when to produce and issue the new banknotes, in 2026.

More information on future banknotes

You can find more information on the ECB website: