This Is How 50 Euro Banknotes Are Printed

April 29, 2019 Updated: April 29, 2019

The 50 Euro Note is new and has only been in circulation since 2002, when the cash form of the euro was created. 23 countries currently use the euro. The 50 Euro has a life expectancy of 4 years before needing to be replaced and with over 10 billion of the 50 Euro in circulation, it is no wonder that they are frequently producing more.

The 50 Euro begins the journey as a 100% cotton fiber paper, an added security feature. The background of the 50 Euro is printed first, with several of the notes on one large sheet of the matted surface of the paper. This is inspected before the notes are continued. It is then followed by a hand-stamped 50 in the corner and sent for more ink and inspections. The final note will be covered in a variety of ink colors and depict scenes from the Renaissance.

The 50 Euro has a variety of security features that have to pass each inspection before proceeding. Besides the regular bar codes and security numbers, they have watermarks and a holographic portrait of Europa. It also contains ultraviolet ink and has a security thread woven into the paper before printing.

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