While the introduction of the new 100 and 200 euro banknotes is announced for the first half of 2019 (ECB 2017 annual report), some information is starting to be revealed on the last two denominations of the ES2 series or series to the Europe type.
Thus, we know that in all three printers were responsible for the printing of these new cuts among which the printing of the Bank of France located in Chamalières and presumably the printing press of the “Bundesdruckerei” of the German Central Bank.
Collectors should therefore find 100 and 200 € banknotes with the U printer’s letters, for the Banque de France and X, for the Bundesbank (“Bundesdruckerei”) in the long code of the future 100 and 200 euro banknotes.
The Banque de France has also been in charge of the “pilot” production of these new € 100 and € 200 notes in the “Europe” series.
For 2018, the central banks of Estonia, the Netherlands, Finland, Luxembourg, Malta, Slovakia, Slovenia and Cyprus have formed a group that will pass only one public contract for the supply of banknotes that these countries must provide to the euro area for the year 2018. For all these countries, there will be only one fiduciary printer in charge of printing the new 100 and 200 notes. €.
It should be noted that for the second ES2 series, the Banque de France will mass print all the denominations from 5 to 200 euros, whereas for the first series of euro banknotes, it was confined to the printing of the lowest values. facial from 5 to 50 €. In 2017, the Banque de France produced 1.4 billion euro notes, all values combined.
Finally, the Banque de France’s paper mill is becoming an essential hub in the manufacture of fiduciary paper. It was subsidiaryized in 2015 under the name of EUROPAFI. In 2017, the Banque de France still holds the majority of the share capital, but the central banks of Austria, Ireland, Italy and Portugal have taken a stake in this subsidiary of the Banque de France.
From now on, the fiduciary printers of these countries or the printers who will be in charge of producing the volume of banknotes to be issued by these countries will be supplied with fiduciary paper manufactured at Vic le Comte, in the Banque de France’s paper mill.
On the occasion of the communication campaign announcing the launch of the entry into circulation of the new banknotes, the ECB will recall that the Board of Governors of the central banks of the euro system has ratified the abandonment of the manufacture of € 500 banknotes . However, these will continue to be legal tender in the euro zone.
The ECB has noted that the announcement of the end of the manufacture of the 500 euro banknotes has led to a sharp rise in the demand for denominations of 100 and 200 euros.
The last two ES2 series tickets will bear the signature of Mario DRAGHI, current governor of the ECB.
The European Central Bank gives some information on the quantities of banknotes produced as well as on the NCBs that oversee the production of the new € 100 and € 200 banknotes for the Europe type.
Given the quantities produced as of 2017, it appears that the production of these cuts began towards the end of 2017.
The countries in charge of making the denominations can also give an idea of the printer and therefore the letter beginning the long code of the notes.
Thus for France we can have the letter U, letter from the Imprimerie de Chamalières, even the letter E of the private printer Oberthur.
For Austria, the letter N of the National Bank of Austria National Bank should be included on the printed banknotes for that country.
For Germany, the letters R or W could appear on the notes for which the Bundesbank is responsible for the manufacture, depending on whether it uses its own printing press (R) or the private printer Giesecke and Devrient (letter W for Leipzig printing works, also a former GDR fiduciary printing house).
The printing house Munich (letter X) of GetD is in principle closed and converted into a design office.
For Spain, the letter V of the Imprimerie de la Fabrica National Y stamp should appear on ticket production supervised by the Bank of Spain.
Belgium should participate with its national fiduciary for the last time in the manufacture of a new fiduciary break, with the letter Z. Indeed, the final closure of this one is planned for 2020.
For Italy, the printing house of the Bank of Italy should produce the two new denominations (letter S).
On the other hand, as far as Latvia and Lithuania are concerned, these two countries do not have their own fiduciary printing and generally use a German printer, either the Bundesdruckerei (letter R) or Giesecke and Devrient .