The €500 note will stop being issued somewhere towards the end of 2018.
Don’t worry, it’s still legal and “…will always retain its value and can be exchanged at the national central banks of the Euro System for an unlimited period of time” says the Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB).
The first series of Euro notes came into circulation in 2002, and finished in 2013 with the start of the second series (Europa series) of the currency. The 5 euro note was released on the 2nd May 2013.
Added security has been place within the euros, including the image of the mythological princess Europa in the form of the watermark
Recent European Union members Cyprus and Malta have been included on the currency, as has Bulgaria, who joined in 2007 but were too late to have to be represented on the notes.
An interesting feature of the 2002 €50 note is that it glows under ultraviolet light.
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