FROM May 2, 2013, a new look €5 note will be in circulation featuring a watermark and hologram displaying a portrait of Europa, a figure from Greek mythology.
An eye-catching 'emerald number' changes colour from emerald green to deep blue and displays an effect of the light that moves up and down.
Short raised lines on the left and right edges of the banknote make it easier to identify the banknote, especially for visually impaired people.
The new Europa series has the same 'ages and styles' design and dominant colours as the first series.
The €5 will be the first banknote to be issued, the other denominations, i.e. €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500, will be introduced over the next few years, in ascending order.
The first series will initially circulate alongside the new banknotes, but will gradually be withdrawn and eventually cease to be legal tender. The date when this occurs will be announced well in advance.