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Biannual Bulletin on euro banknote counterfeiting

Friday, 26 July 2019

The European Central Bank has announced that during the first half of 2019, 251.000 counterfeit euro banknotes of various denominations were withdrawn from circulation.  During the corresponding period of 2018, 301.000 counterfeit banknotes were withdrawn from circulation.  The €50 and €20 denominations exhibited the highest rates of counterfeiting, accounting for 54,2% and 27,9% of the total, respectively.

In Cyprus, during the first half of 2019, 178 pieces of counterfeit euro banknotes of various denominations were identified and removed from circulation.  This figure is slightly higher than that of the first half of 2018.  The €50 banknote had the highest rate of counterfeiting in Cyprus, accounting for 37,6% of the total.

In comparison with the number of genuine euro banknotes in circulation, the quantity of counterfeits remains very low.

Notwithstanding the very small number of counterfeits, the Central Bank of Cyprus advises the public to scrutinise banknotes when transacting in cash.  The Central Bank of Cyprus and the European Central Bank websites provide information on simple ways to check the genuineness of euro banknotes.