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Counterfeit Notes

Counterfeit banknotes are rare, but it is always a good idea to check your notes whenever exchanging them with someone to ensure they are genuine.

There are many security features incorporated into banknotes that make them difficult to recreate. Many of these features can be checked manually using the 3 step security check Feel-Look-Tilt test.


  1. Crisp and firm

    The paper is crisp and firm.

  2. Raised ink

    The paper will have raised ink areas on the front of the note.


  1. Watermarks

    Hold the note up to a light and look for watermarks.

  2. Security thread

    Look for the Security thread down the centre of the note with perforations of denomination.


  1. Changing images and colours

    The holographic stripe or patch will change images and colours.

  2. Iridescent stripe

    The iridescent stripe on the back of the lower denominations will shine and fade (Euro Series 1 notes only).

  3. higher denominations will change colour

    The opti-variable ink covering the numeral on the back of the higher denominations will change colour (Euro Series 1 notes only).

  4. The emerald number

    The emerald number in the bottom left corner on the banknote’s front side displays an effect of the light that moves up and down. The number also changes colour from emerald green to deep blue (Euro Series 2 notes only).

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