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ECB presents new 20 euro bill

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 01:51

A new 20 euro note is a symbol of ongoing European integration, says Mario Draghi at its launch in Frankfurt. As David Pollard reports, the note also contains some new features to dissuade counterfeiters.

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Crisp and fresh off the press. Few can resist the feel of a brand new banknote. This the euro zone's new 20 euro bill. It's the third in the Europa series gradually replacing the original notes introduced in 2002. In total, euro banknotes now have a combined face value of one trillion euros. They're more than just money, says ECB chief Mario Draghi in Frankfurt. SOUNDBITE (English) MARIO DRAGHI, PRESIDENT, EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK, SAYING: ''The euro notes that we use every day are the most tangible symbols of European integration. The introduction of a new banknote serves as a reminder that this integration is an ongoing process. Euro banknotes touch the lives of every one of us. As such, they bring us all closer together.'' If the feel of new notes is so tempting you might try to make your own - beware new features. A "portrait window" is described as an innovation in banknote technology. When held against the light, it reveals the mythological figure Europa. And there's another security feature: an emerald '20' in the bottom corner - it changes colour when you tilt the note. 4.3 billion of these will have rolled off the presses by their public launch in late November. Ahead of that - some new notes will be made available for testing purposes. Allowing enough time for the printing presses to be adapted if needs be. Then they'll be circulated to, potentially, 338 million citizens across 19 different countries. But before using one, check first that it bears the mark of the man himself. SOUNDBITE (English) MARIO DRAGHI, PRESIDENT, EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK, SAYING: ''And I now have the pleasure of signing the new 20 euro bank note.'' UPSOUND MUSIC AS MARIO DRAGHI SIGNS NOTE

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ECB presents new 20 euro bill

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 01:51