Euro Banknotes

The euro banknotes that never were !

December 1995: The Madrid European Council adopts the name "euro" for the new european currency.


February 1996: The Banknote Working Group, made up of cash experts from the EU national central banks, submits design briefs for the two themes ( abstract/modern and ages/styles of Europe; for both of them: through the ages).


September 1996: The design competition closes; 44 proposals (27 "traditional" and 17 "modern") are submitted.

A jury of internationally renowned experts in marketing, design (For France : Gerard Caron, founder of this Admirable Design site) and art history assese all the proposals and draws up two shortlists of the five best design series for each theme.


October 1996: A public survey on the ten shortlisted design is carried out involving more than 2000 people from all EU member states exept Denmark.


December 1996: The European Monetary Institute (EMI)selects entry T 382 as the winner. This design was created by Robert Kalina from the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (Austria) ! Aim: Banknotes should be:
easy to recognise,
secure against counterfeiting,
visually attractive.

They must be clearly identifiable as European and should embody a cultural and political message that is readily ceeptable to all European citizens.


Design features:


Each banknotes must depict a particular historical period ("age") and an architectural feature ("style") from that period to illustrate the "ages and styles of Europe". Ages are assigned to the denominatios as following:

€ 5: classical,

€ 10: Romanesque,

€ 20: Gothic,

€ 50: Renaissance,

€ 100: baroque and rococo,

€ 200: the age of iron and glass,

€ 500: modern 20th century architecture.



Série N°1 Guglielmo Savini Cotignola, Italie, 1939-2001
Série N°2 Giovanni Pino Naples, 1945
Série N°3 Maria Antonatou Athens, 1963 Nikos Nikolaou Athens, 1943 Ioannis Pipinis Lesvos, Greece, 1945 Areti Michelioudaki Athens, 1967 Pericles Sotiriou Athens, 1940 - 2001
Série N°4 Robert Ballagh Dublin, 1943
Série N°5 Robert Ballagh Dublin, 1943
Série N°6 Erik Bruun Viborg, Finlande, 1926
Série N°7 Daniel Bruun Espoo, Finland, 1963 Johanna Bruun Helsinki, 1965
Série N°8 Reinhold Gerstetter Leonberg, Germany, 1945
Série N°9 Reinhold Gerstetter Leonberg, Germany, 1945
Série N°10 Hannu Jãrviõ Oulu, Finland, 1948 Karin Mõrck-Hamilton Gõteborg, Sweden, 1952
Série N°11 Luìs Filipe de Abreu Torres Novas, Portugal, 1935
Série N°12 Luìs Filipe de Abreu Torres Novas, Portugal, 1935
Série N°13 John Stevenson
Série N°14 Stuart Rost Fleet, United Kingdom, 1966
Série N°15 Colin Braun
Série N°16 Terry Thorn
Série N°17 Jaap Drupsteen Hasselt, the Netherlands, 1942
Série N°18 Miguel Angel Plaza Madrid, 1963
Série N°19 Miguel Angel Plaza Madrid, 1963
Série N°20 Johann Müller Munich, 1984
Série N°21 Alain Guèrault 1956
Série N°22 Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato S.p.A.
Série N°23 Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato S.p.A.
Série N°24 Inge Madlè Amsterdam, 1963
Série N°25 Ernst and Lorli Jünger Ernst : Hanau, Germany, 1935 Lorli : Weimar, Germany, 1938
Série N°26 Klaus Michel Munich, 1963 Sanne Jünger Munich, 1964
Série N°27 Renato Manfredi Castelnovo né Monti, Italy, 1954
Série N°28 Sandrine-Ludmilla Jung Niederhelfenschwil, Switzerland, 1970
Série N°29 Mark Scovell Windsor, United Kingdom, 1946
Série N°30 Pierrette Lambert Poitou, France, 1928
Série N°31 Brigitte Matoul Liège, Belgium, 1963 Benoît Grégoire Huy, Belgium, 1959 Véronique Boland Rocourt, Belgium, 1966
Série N°32 Brigitte Matoul Liège, Belgium, 1963 Benoît Grégoire Huy, Belgium, 1959 Véronique Boland Rocourt, Belgium, 1966
Série N°33 Maryke Degryse Roeselare, Belgium, 1958
Série N°34 Patricia Vouez Uccle, Belgium, 1952 Monique Golaire Brussels, 1958
Série N°35 Kenneth Ponsaers Wilrijk, Belgium, 1949 Nathalie Paquot Huy, Belgium, 1964
Série N°36 Robert Kalina Vienna, 1955
Série N°37 Robert Kalina Vienna, 1955
Série N°38 Robert Deodaat Emile (Ootje) Oxenaar Tha Hague, the Netherlands, 1929
Série N°39 Roger Pfund Berne, 1943
Série N°40 Roger Pfund Berne, 1943
Série N°41 Enric Satué Llop Spain, 1938
Série N°42 Enric Satué Llop Spain, 1938
Série N°43 Andrew Ward Keighley, United Kingdom, 1957
Série N°44 Yves Zimmermann Basel, 1937 Ana Alavedra Logroño, Spain, 1945

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