ECB reveals new 10-euro notes featuring mythical god Europa

A giant copy of the new 10-euro banknote is displayed at the ECB headquarters in Frankfurt, on Jan 13, 2014. The European Central Bank revealed on Monday the new 10-euro banknotes including a portrait of the Greek mythological figure of Europa that w
A giant copy of the new 10-euro banknote is displayed at the ECB headquarters in Frankfurt, on Jan 13, 2014. The European Central Bank revealed on Monday the new 10-euro banknotes including a portrait of the Greek mythological figure of Europa that will come into circulation from late September. -- PHOTO: AFP

FRANKFURT (AFP) - The European Central Bank revealed on Monday the new 10-euro banknotes including a portrait of the Greek mythological figure of Europa that will come into circulation from late September.

"The new 10-euro banknote of the Europa series will start circulating on September 23," the ECB said in a statement.

Like the new five-euro notes already launched in May, the new 10-euro notes have benefited from advances in banknote technology since the first series was introduced more than ten years ago.

Its security features have been enhanced, making them "even more resistant to counterfeiting," the ECB said.

The figure of Europa - from which Europe takes its name - will be featured in the hologram and watermark of the new notes.

The banknotes of the Europa series are being introduced gradually over several years.

The 10-euro note is the second new set of banknotes following the five-euro notes launched last May.

Higher denomination notes - 20-euro, 50-euro, 100-euro, 200-euro and 500-euro - will follow subsequently.

The current euro banknotes issued in January 2002 will gradually be pulled from circulation.

The ECB prints the euro banknotes, while euro coins are minted by the national mints of each of the eurozone member countries.

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