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Know Your Euro: Europe’s New 20 Euro Banknote

Many Americans going abroad for the first time compare foreign currency to Monopoly money. It doesn’t feel real, it looks funny, and is often brightly colored compared to our own “green” currency. It is not uncommon to feel this way when dealing with foreign money, which is why it is important to familiarize yourself with any foreign currency that you plan to be using, especially if you plan to use it for an extended length of time. For this reason, the Umbra Institute would like to help you recognize the new 20 Euro bank note that began circulating throughout the Eurozone on November 25th, 2015.

The NEW 20 Euro note is part of the European Central Bank’s plan to unroll a new Europa Series, for which each bill contains numerous new security features making the bill ever more difficult to copy. This does not mean that your old 20 Euro notes are no longer valid, it simply means that you will slowly see more new 20s as the old ones are taken out of circulation by banks and other professional cash handlers.

To familiarize yourself with an animated display of things such as the 20 Euro banknote’s new features for the vision impaired, as well as watermarks, holograms, microprint, and UV light features, click here.

To learn more about past and future Euro modifications, visit

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