New €10 note coming

A new €10 banknote will start circulating from 23 September, it was announced by the European Central Bank (ECB).

ECB board member Yves Mersch said today that the new bill will be more colorful than its predecessor and is designed to have a more easily recognizable figure 10. It also contains extra security features on both sides to make life harder for counterfeiters.

He said the new bill resembles the “old” €10 notes, which has images Romanesque architecture. “But … the images are larger and more defined, the colors are stronger and the bridge has added depth," Mersch said.

The ECB last year launched a new five-euro bill which features a hologram of Europa, a mythological princess symbolizing the origins of Europe. The new €10  bill is the second in the “Europa” series.

Introduced in 2002, the euro was first used in 12 countries, but is now the common currency of 18 states and 334 million people.