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Ten euro (European Union[1])
Value: 10 euro
Width: 127 mm
Height: 67 mm
Security Features: Hologram, EURion, watermarks, raised printing
Paper Type: 100% pure cotton fibre
Years of Printing: 2002–present
Obverse
Obverse
Design: Arch in Romanesque architecture
Designer: Robert Kalina
Design Date: 3 December 1996
Reverse
Reverse
Design: Bridge in Romanesque architecture and map of Europe
Designer: Robert Kalina
Design Date: 3 December 1996

The ten euro (€10 or 10€) note is the second lowest value of the euro banknotes and has been used since the introduction of the euro (in its cash form) in 2002.

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Design

Close up of the printer code on the 10 euro note, showing micro printing, raised lettering and EURion design
The 10 euro note short with a camera that has no IR filter; but a visible light filter, revealing security marks (normal photo for comparison on the right)

The ten euro note is the second smallest at 127x67mm with a red colour scheme. All bank notes depict bridges and arches/doorways in a different historical European style; the ten euro note shows the Romanesque era (between the eleventh and twelfth century CE). Although Robert Kalina's original designs were intended to show real monuments, for political reasons the bridge and art are merely hypothetical examples of the architectural era.

Like all euro notes, it contains the denomination, the EU flag, the signature of the president of the ECB (and the initials of said bank in different EU languages, a depiction of EU territories overseas, the stars from the EU flag and various security features as described below.

Security features

As a lower value note, the security features of the ten euro note are not as high as the other denominations. However, it is protected by a hologram, a EURion constellation, a glossy stripe, watermarks, raised printing, ultraviolet ink, microprinting, a security thread, perforations, matted surface, barcodes and a serial number. The printer code is located in the 8 o'clock position star.

Changes

There has so far only been one series of euro notes, however a new series similar to the current one is to be issued from 2011. The initial issue of notes bears the signature of the president of the European Central Bank, Wim Duisenberg, who was replaced on 1 November 2003 by Jean-Claude Trichet, whose signature appears on subsequent issues.

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