The Euro - banknotes
The first Euro banknotes were introduced on 1st January 2002 and replaced twelve different sets of banknotes in the previous national currencies.
The European Central Bank is responsible for the overall authorisation of Euro banknote issues but the practical aspects of putting these notes into circulation is carried out by the twelve national central banks of the Euro area.
There are seven different denominations in the current Euro banknote series, ranging from the €5 to the €500 note.
The designs of the notes are the same throughout the Euro area and feature windows and gateways (on the front) and bridges (on the reverse) from different periods in Europe's architectural history.