Euro banknotes contain features that aim to make it difficult to make realistic copies of them. If you have a euro banknote and want to check that it is genuine, you should first feel the surface of the note. The print on genuine euro notes is raised, and the lettering of the initials of the European Central Bank, along with the numerals indicating the value of the note, will have a slightly rough feel. Hold the note up to the light to check for a see-through register, a security thread and a watermark. The watermark appears in the non-printed areas of the paper and features an architectural image. The security thread is embedded in the paper during the banknote manufacturing process and shows as a dark line, running from the top to the bottom of the note.
As Europe’s sovereign debt crisis has ground on and the once unthinkable prospect of a breakup of the Continent’s currency union has become a realistic possibility, the euro itself has remained surprisingly resilient, especially against the dollar.
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