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Five euro (European Union[1])
Value: 5 euro
Width: 120 mm
Height: 62 mm
Security Features: Hologram, EURion, watermarks, raised printing
Paper Type: 100% pure cotton fibre
Years of Printing: 2002–present
Design: Arch in Classical architecture
Designer: Robert Kalina
Design Date: 3 December 1996
Design: Bridge in Classical architecture and map of Europe
Designer: Robert Kalina
Design Date: 3 December 1996

The five euro (€5 or 5€) note is the lowest value of the euro banknotes and has been used since the introduction of the euro (in its cash form) in 2002.



Close up of the reverse; a map of Europe and a classical era bridge

The five euro note is the smallest at 120x62mm with a grey colour scheme.

All bank notes depict bridges and arches/doorways in a different historical European style; the five euro note shows the Classical era (up to the fifth 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

Holographic band on the five euro note

As the lowest value note, the security features of the five euro note are not as high as the other denominations. However, it is protected by a hologram, a EURion constellation, watermarks, raised printing, a security thread, matted surface, barcodes and a serial number.


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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