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Five Euro banknote(First series)

5 euro front

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Size: 120 x 62mm
Paper type: Cotton
Main color: Grey
Architectural style: Classical

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The five euro banknote (€5) is the lowest denomination of euro banknotes. The note depicts bridges and arches/doorways in Classical architecture. The design contains the denomination, the signature of the president of the European Central Bank, the European union flag, the EU flag stars, description of EU overseas territories and the initials of ECB in different european languages.

The banknote paper consists of pure cotton, which feels crisp and firm (not limp or waxy).

Security features

Security features can help you to tell if your five euro note is fake or real.

Feel the raised print

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Special printing makes the ink feel raised or thicker in the main image, the lettering and the value numerals on the front of the banknotes. To feel the raised print, run your finger over it or scratch it gently with your fingernail.

Hold the banknote against the light and see

Specimen1 5 euro note

1. Marks printed in the top corner of the 5 Euro note (pos. 1), on both sides, combine perfectly to form the value numeral. You can see the complete number when holding the banknote against the light.

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2. Water mark(pos.2) is produced by varying the thickness of the paper. It appears when you hold the 5 Euro note against the light. If you put the banknote on a dark surface the light areas become darker. This effect is very easy to see in the value watermark.

watermark light 5 euro note watermark dark 5 euro note

3. The security thread is embedded in the banknote paper. Hold the 5 Euro note against the light - the thread will appear as a dark stripe. The word "EURO" and the value can be seen in tiny letters on the stripe.

security thread 5 euro note

4. Perforations: Hold the banknote against the light. In the hologram you will see perforations which form the Euro symbol. You can also see small numbers showing the value.

perforations 5 euro note

Tilt the banknote

Specimen2 5 euro note

1. Hologram stripe(pos.1): Tilt the 5 Euro note the hologram image will change between the value and the Euro symbol on a rainbow-colored background. At the edges, tiny letters show the value.

hologram stripe 5 euro

2. Glossy stripe(pos.2): Tilt the banknote – a gold-colored stripe will appear on the back. It shows the value and the € symbol

glossy stripe 5 euro

Check with a magnifying glass

Specimen3 5 euro note

Microprinting  (pos.1): On some areas of the 5 Euro note you can see tiny writing, e.g. inside the "EYPΩ" (EURO in Greek characters) on the front. You will need a magnifying glass to see it. The microprinting is sharp (not blurred)

microprinting 5 euro note

Check with an ultraviolet lamp

Under UV light:

  1. The paper itself does not glow
  2. Fibres embedded in the paper appear, colored red, blue and green
  3. The flag of the European Union looks green and has orange stars
  4. The signature of the ECB President turns green
  5. The large stars and small circles on the front glow. The map, bridge and value numeral on the back appear in yellow
uvlight front 5 euro uv light back 5 euro note

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