Counterfeit banknotes are rare, but it is always a good idea to check your notes whenever exchanging them with someone to ensure they are genuine.
There are many security features incorporated into banknotes that make them difficult to recreate. Many of these features can be checked manually using the 3 step security check Feel-Look-Tilt test.
The paper is crisp and firm.
The paper will have raised ink areas on the front of the note.
Hold the note up to a light and look for watermarks.
Look for the Security thread down the centre of the note with perforations of denomination.
The holographic stripe or patch will change images and colours.
The iridescent stripe on the back of the lower denominations will shine and fade (Euro Series 1 notes only).
The opti-variable ink covering the numeral on the back of the higher denominations will change colour (Euro Series 1 notes only).
The emerald number in the bottom left corner on the banknote’s front side displays an effect of the light that moves up and down. The number also changes colour from emerald green to deep blue (Euro Series 2 notes only).