The euro's getting stronger – well, the €5 at least
The fiver is to be given a facelift with the launch tomorrow of new more durable euro paper money. This is the first time the appearance of a euro note has been altered since the introduction of the currency 11 years ago.
The phased roll-out will begin with specially-coated durable €5 notes. The note has an average lifespan of 13 months – "as long as a ladybird's" as the official website points out. The new notes will circulate alongside older ones as legal tender.
As well as enhanced durability, the new €5 notes will feature more security measures, to ensure better protection against counterfeiting. These include a new watermark, hologram, raised lines on the sides and an emerald colour on the number five that changes with the light.