The new €20 note came into circulation across the eurozone on Wednesday, 25 November 2015. The security features are similar to the other notes in the series and include an innovation in banknote technology, the 'portrait window'.
As the €20 note is one of the most widely used of all the euro banknote denominations, banknote equipment manufacturers, cash handlers and other affected parties were given nine months to prepare for the new note, since its unveiling in Frankfurt on 24 February 2015.
The new €20 note is the third note in the Europa series that is gradually replacing the original series of euro banknotes introduced in 2002. The Europa series €5 banknote was issued in May 2013, and the €10 note in September 2014. The €20 banknote will be followed, over time, by new versions of the €50, €100 and €200 notes.
Find out more about the €20 banknote and the history of our £20 banknotes in Ireland.
The note is easy to check using the 'Feel, Look and Tilt' method.
Feel of the Paper – Feel the banknote. It is crisp and firm.
Raised Print – the main image, the lettering and the large value numeral feel thicker.
What’s New - On the new banknote, there is a series of short raised lines on the left and right edges.
Portrait – Look at the banknote against the light. A faint image showing the value of the banknote and a window becomes visible.
What’s New? – On the new banknote, a portrait of Europa is also visible.
Security Thread - Look at the banknote against the light. The security thread appears as a dark stripe and the value of the banknote can be seen in tiny white lettering.
What’s New? - The € symbol can be seen in the security thread on the new banknote, while the word ‘EURO’ appears in the banknotes of the first series.
Hologram - Tilt the banknote. The silvery stripe on the right reveals the value of the banknote and the € symbol.
What’s New – Portrait hologram on the new banknote, a portrait of Europa and a window also appear.
Emerald Number - Tilt the banknote. On the new banknote, the shiny number in the bottom left corner displays an effect of the light that moves up and down. The number also changes colour from emerald green to deep blue.
For more information on the Europa series, check out http://www.new-euro-banknotes.eu/