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As from yesterday, you may start coming across a slightly enhanced version of the 5 euro banknote. As with all euro banknotes it shows an architectural style from different periods in Europe’s history (in the case of the 5 euro bill it’s the classical style). Although it looks very similar to the previous one, there are a few key differences.

From the European Central Bank:

The new €5 banknote has benefited from advances in banknote technology since the first series was introduced over ten years ago. It includes some new and enhanced security features. The watermark and hologram display a portrait of Europa, a figure from Greek mythology – and hence the name of this series of banknotes. An eye-catching “emerald number” changes colour from emerald green to deep blue and displays an effect of the light that moves up and down. Short raised lines on the left and right edges of the banknote make it easier to identify the banknote, especially for visually impaired people.

As with the first series of euro banknotes, the new Europa series will be easy to check using the FEEL, LOOK and TILT method. No tools are necessary. There’s an official website where you can explore the security features of both €5 banknotes and learn how to spot what is new in the Europa series.

There’s no mention about the performance of the new material after a full wash and spin cycle so it seems that we will still be expected to check our pockets before tossing our jeans in the hamper.

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