One more month for school pupils to enter the pan-European competition about money

School children can still take part until 25 February in the pan-European competition being run by the European Central Bank, where they can test what they know 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 who get the most points will receive a new €20 banknote set in a special engraved frame from the European Central Bank.

Eesti Pank will give iPads as prizes to the top three players in Estonia. The three winners will be invited to Eesti Pank after the game finishes for an award ceremony where they will each get a new iPad.

Estonian children were very involved when the game started and were getting the best results, but Lithuanian players have now taken the lead in the competition, and there are also Latvian players in the top five. Eesti Pank encourages all children to have a go at the game and find out how much they know, which they can do until 25 February.

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. 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 and the game itself can be found here: http://www.new-euro-banknotes.eu/Educational-Publications/EURO-RUN/Euro-Run-Game. The competition started on 25 November 2015.

How can the security features of the banknote be checked?

Look. Against the light, a watermark of a portrait becomes visible on the left-hand side underneath the signature of Mario Draghi 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: +372 668 0965, +372 512 6843
Email:press [at] eestipank.ee