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Release of the new 20 Euro banknotes

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on this website we will keep you informed about news of the 20 Euro banknote Series II.

On 02.24.2015, the ECB has announced that the new 20 Euro banknotes will enter circulation on 25.11.2015.

We are offering the software right in time for our devices, so you can update all test equipment and money counting machines before publication of this banknote..

There are no updates yet available. According to current plans, we believe that we can provide the first updates in early May.

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Below you find the latest press release from ECB according the new 20 Euro banknote.


Press Release 24.02.2015


The new €20 banknote’s “portrait window”, set in the hologram, is an innovation in banknote technology.

The new €20 banknote will enter circulation on 25 November 2015, allowing an extended period of nine months for banknote equipment manufacturers, cash handlers and other affected parties to prepare for the new note.

Euro banknotes are now shared by 338 million people in 19 countries and have a combined face value of €1,000 billion.

The ECB’s President Mario Draghi unveiled the new €20 banknote today at the ECB’s headquarters in Frankfurt and announced that it would enter into circulation on 25 November 2015. The new note includes an innovative security feature in the form of a “portrait window” set in the hologram. When the banknote is held against the light, the window becomes transparent and reveals a portrait of the mythological figure Europa, visible on both sides of the note. The new €20 banknote, like the new €5 and €10 notes, also includes an “emerald number” and a portrait of Europa in the watermark.

President Draghi said: “The portrait window is a real innovation in banknote technology. It is the outcome of the Eurosystem’s work to ensure that the euro notes continue to be resilient against counterfeiting. This will reinforce the trust that the 338 million citizens across the euro area place in their banknotes.”

The new €20 note is the third in the Europa series that is gradually replacing the original series of euro banknotes introduced in 2002. The Europa series €5 banknote was issued in May 2013, and the €10 note in September 2014. The €20 banknote unveiled today will be followed, over time, by new versions of the €50, €100, €200 and €500 notes.

The €20 note is one of the most widely used of all the euro banknote denominations. It is widely distributed via ATMs, it is accepted by many vending and ticketing machines, and it is often checked for authenticity by retailers using small devices at their counters.

To help banknote equipment manufacturers and other parties to prepare for the introduction of the new €20 banknotes ahead of the launch, the ECB and the national central banks of the Eurosystem have provided information and made the new notes available in advance for testing and adaptation. A Partnership Programme – similar to that put in place for the new €10 in 2013, with more than 300 partners across Europe – will provide additional communication to help manufacturers ensure that banknote handling machines and authentication devices throughout the euro area are ready in time for the 25 November 2015 launch.

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Press Release 19.12.2014


19 December 2014 - Eurosystem to unveil the new €20 and support banknote equipment manufacturers and suppliers

The Eurosystem will unveil the new Europa series €20 banknote on 24 February 2015. The new banknote will include improved security features.

Banknote equipment manufacturers and suppliers will continue to receive support from the Eurosystem in adapting their machines and authentication devices.

The new €20 is the third banknote of the Europa series to be introduced after the €5 and €10. The ECB and the national central banks of the euro area – the Eurosystem – will unveil the banknote and announce its exact issuance date on 24 February 2015. The Europa series is being introduced to further improve the integrity of euro banknotes and to keep ahead of counterfeiters.

The Eurosystem is taking several measures to support banknote equipment manufacturers, suppliers and owners of machines and authentication devices:

It is making the new banknote available to them at the euro area national central banks well before it is issued so they can test and adapt their machines and devices. After the unveiling, the new €20 can be tested outside the central banks.

It is arranging a series of events and actions to prepare for the issuance of the new €20. The first of these events will be a Eurosystem seminar for relevant organisations that will be held at the Banca d’Italia in Rome on 6 February 2015.

It is providing a range of communication tools and materials to help them get ready for the introduction of the new note.

“The ECB and the national central banks of the euro area look forward to working closely, once again, with the manufacturers, suppliers, operators and owners of banknote equipment. After all, it is they who prepare the machines and devices to accept this new banknote ahead of its issuance”, said Yves Mersch, Executive Board member of the European Central Bank.

For media inquiries, please contact William Lelieveldt, tel.: +49 69 1344 7316.

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European Central Bank
Directorate General Communications and Language Services
Sonnemannstrasse 20, 60314 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
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