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Twenty euro (European Union[1])
Value: 20 euro
Width: 133 mm
Height: 72 mm
Security Features: Hologram, EURion, watermarks, raised printing
Paper Type: 100% pure cotton fibre
Years of Printing: 2002–present
Obverse
Obverse
Design: Window in Gothic architecture
Designer: Robert Kalina
Design Date: 3 December 1996
Reverse
Reverse
Design: Bridge in Gothic architecture and map of Europe
Designer: Robert Kalina
Design Date: 3 December 1996

The twenty euro (€20 or 20€) note is one of the middle value euro banknotes and has been used since the introduction of the euro (in its cash form) in 2002.

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Design

The twenty euro note is the third smallest at 133x72mm with a blue colour scheme.

All bank notes depict bridges and arches/doorways in a different historical European style; the ten euro note shows the gothic era (between the thirteenth and fourteenth 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

The watermark on the 20 euro note

The twenty euro note is protected by a hologram stripe, reflective glossy stripe, a EURion constellation, watermarks, microprinting, ultraviolet ink, raised printing, a security thread, matted surface, perforations, see through number, barcodes and a serial number. The printer code is located in the 9 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 first 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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