Euro cash has been in use since 2002 and is now used by more than 338 million people in 19 European countries. Since 1 January 2011, the euro has been the only legal tender in Estonia.

The other countries besides Estonia in the euro area are Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, Ireland, Austria, Finland, Spain, Portugal, Luxembourg, Greece, Slovenia, Cyprus, Malta, Slovakia, Latvia and Lithuania. Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican also use the euro under an official agreement with the European Union.

There are seven different denominations in the euro banknote series. The banknotes come in different sizes and banknotes with higher face value are larger. The notes depict architecture styles from different eras in European cultural history. The first series of banknotes was designed by Robert Kalina.

The designs, colours and sizes of the euro banknotes

Nominal value

Dimensions

Main colour

Motif used in the design

500

160 × 82 mm

Purple

Modern 20th century architecture

200

153 × 82 mm

Yellow-brown

19th century iron and glass architecture

100

147 × 82 mm

Green

Baroque and rococo

50

140 × 77 mm

Orange

Renaissance

20

133 × 72 mm

Blue

Gothic

10

127 × 67 mm

Red

Romanesque

5

120 × 62 mm

Grey

Classical

The date when the second series of 50-euro banknotes is to be issued will be announced on 5 July. The 50-euro note is the most widely used denomination in Estonia and in the euro area as a whole. The new banknotes have upgraded security features to ensure that the euro notes can be trusted and are protected against counterfeiting. For more on the second series of banknotes, see here.

Notes and coins