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Fifty euro (European Union[1])
Value: 50 euro
Width: 140 mm
Height: 77 mm
Security Features: Hologram, EURion, watermarks, raised printing, colour changing ink
Paper Type: 100% pure cotton fibre
Years of Printing: 2002–present
Obverse
Obverse
Design: Window in Renaissance architecture
Designer: Robert Kalina
Design Date: 3 December 1996
Reverse
Reverse
Design: Bridge in Renaissance architecture and map of Europe
Designer: Robert Kalina
Design Date: 3 December 1996

The fifty euro (€50 or 50€) 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 hologram on the 50 euro note
Colour-shifting ink in the denomination
The watermark on the 50 euro note
Microprinting next to the ECB President's signature

The fifty euro note is the fourth smallest at 140x77mm with a orange colour scheme.

All bank notes depict bridges and arches/doorways in a different historical European style; the fifty euro note shows the Renaissance era (between the fifteenth and sixteenth century CE). Although Robert Kalina's original designs were intended to show real monuments, in the case of the 50 euro note the Rialto Bridge in Venice, for political reasons the bridge and the window are merely hypothetical examples of the architectural era.[2]

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 fifty euro note is protected by a hologram stripe, a EURion constellation, watermarks, microprinting, ultraviolet ink, raised printing, a security thread, matted surface, perforations, see through number, colour changing ink, barcodes and a serial number. The printer code is located to the far right of the note.

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, who was replaced on 1 November 2003 by Jean-Claude Trichet, whose signature appears on subsequent issues.

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