The central bank has launched a game and competition for school children



From 25 November to 25 February, the European Central Bank is running a pan-European competition for school children where they can learn about the banknotes and coins of the countries of the euro area. The winners of the competition can get a souvenir 20-euro note or an iPad.

The computer game Euro Run is aimed at children aged 9-12 and lets them test their speed and skills and their knowledge of money, which will let them collect bonus points during the game. The top 100 players will receive a new €20 banknote set in a special engraved frame from the European Central Bank.

The three best players in Estonia will be invited to Eesti Pank after the game finishes for an award ceremony where they will each get a new iPad.

The aim of the game is to let school children learn more about the design of banknotes and their security features and to present the designs of the coins of the countries of the euro area. Eesti Pank encourages all children to have a go at the game and find out how much they know. Watch the film of the game:

The game is open to anyone to try, but to enter the competition, children aged 9-12 will need to register their scores. If a player registers multiple scores, only the best one is entered in the competition.

More about the game and the rules for entry

How can the security features of the banknote be checked?

Look. Against the light, a watermark of a portrait and the numerical value 20 become visible on the left-hand side underneath the signature of Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank, and the flag of the European Union. Looking at the note against the light reveals a portrait of Europa in the window, which can be seen from both sides of the note.

Feel. The new twenty-euro note has raised lines along the right and left edges that can be felt with a finger and it is made of strong, crisp paper.

Tilt. There is an emerald-green number printed on the lower left side of the note, which changes colour from green to dark blue when the note is tilted. When the banknote is tilted, the hologrammic strip will reveal the portrait of Europa, the number 20, the euro symbol, and a design of a doorway or a window.

For further information:
Ingrid Mitt
Public Relations Office
Tel: 668 0965, 512 6843
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