The European Central Bank released an updated 50 € bank note in April and it has new measures to detect counterfeit Euros. This denomination happens to be the most widely used in Europe, accounting for 45% of all notes in circulation. For this reason, it is the most counterfeited bill, making it necessary for the new measures.
Measures already present to recognized counterfeit Euros include :
- Raised print – passing your fingers on the design, you can feel a difference between the image and rest of the bill
- Watermark – putting the bill in front of a light source reveals a design within the paper. Found on the front left side, it should be consistent with the architectural image of the bill.
- Square hologram – you can find a small hologram on one side of the note that should be consistent with the amount of the bill.
- Strip hologram – on the reverse, you can find another hologram going from top to bottom
- Reflective ink – With a light source, a reflection can be seen
- Security thread – you can find a thin thread within the paper also going from top to bottom
- Changing colours – if you look at the number on the bill (5, 10, 20, 50 or 100), it should change colours when being tilted
- Micro-text – looking carefully at the fine detail of the note, you can find micro-text. With a magnifying glass you will be able to see blurry micro-print on a fake note.
This new 50€ note has additional features where putting it under a UV light will make items disappear. In addition, it includes a secret window as well as a Europa portrait taken from Greek mythology. As with every other bill, you can purchase a currency detector marker to have absolute certainty should. That being said, the above 8 recommendations should be enough for everyday requirements on detecting fake currency. The quick and easy way to know if you are in possession of Counterfeit Euros is to look for the secret window and hologram, as well as to feel the texture and design of the bill.
Also read: (How to recognize fake US currency)
One last comment on the new 50€ bill is that it is made of cotton fiber paper. It remains to be seen if the European central bank decides to adopt the polymer bank note in their next update Many countries including Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Vietnam have made the switch but there have been some controversy due to the higher cost of manufacture, even with a longer durability.
For additional information such as specific architectural design for each denomination as well as respective note size in millimetres, refer you can visit this Wikihow page