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Irish Euro Notes - Europa Series

Posted: 11 Jan 2019 17:46
by DOC
Reports on eurobilltracker.com indicate that an Irish 20 euro Europa Series note has just been released into circulation. I have not spotted one yet myself.

Re: Irish Euro Notes - Europa Series

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 12:39
by JohnnyQ
I’ve seen two so far. Didn’t record the number but I think the seriel started with TC.

Re: Irish Euro Notes - Europa Series

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 15:50
by DOC
Thanks for that. I am still waiting to see one :)

Re: Irish Euro Notes - Europa Series

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 16:45
by JohnnyQ
They euro is very boring I’m afraid. No dates. No replacements. 😔

Re: Irish Euro Notes - Europa Series

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 18:51
by Mac
Yep, very little to collect there.

Re: Irish Euro Notes - Europa Series

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 19:08
by JohnnyQ
I did see something strange recently with Austrian €20 notes. All the Series two euro notes are following a normal numbering pattern. The print works followed by the prefix letter followed by the numbers. It looks like number ranges are allocated within the sequence when print works are allocated their print quotas. As there are various print works for the same prefix letters. The letters for all the denominations issued so far are running in order, A, B, C etc. Except for a batch of Austrian €20 notes which have the prefix NA and also the last prefix NZ.

Re: Irish Euro Notes - Europa Series

Posted: 14 Jan 2019 20:53
by DOC
Interesting observation. Who said euro notes were boring ;)

I agree that the euro is missing many of the features that we would normally find interesting such as dates, replacements, consecutive numbers and low serial numbers. However, the serial and plate code numbers add some interest and some collectors focus on building a collection based on various country and print code combinations. Given the many permutations, I prefer to take a more parochial view and restrict my collecting of euro notes to those with the Irish country code, T.

Re: Irish Euro Notes - Europa Series

Posted: 17 Jan 2019 19:26
by DOC
The Europa Series, was introduced in 2013 and the issue continues today. To date, there is just one general type with signature of Mario Draghi, ECB President. The attached Table provides an overview of notes issued to date by printers across the Euro Zone.

It would be a considerable task to collect all the denominations issued by the various printers so another approach could be to focus on the issues of a particular country. The Central Bank of Ireland has issued 5, 10 and 20 euro Europa notes so a basic type note collection for Ireland would require just 3 notes. A more detailed collection based on print plate codes would require 10 notes.

Re: Irish Euro Notes - Europa Series

Posted: 20 Jan 2019 11:31
by DOC
Dedicated euro note collectors collect by print plate code number. Print plate code numbers observed for Europa series notes issued by The Central Bank of Ireland are given in the attached Table. There are 5 different print plate codes for the 5 euro notes, 4 for the 10 euro notes and the situation for the newly issued 20 euro note is not known at this point. The 10 euro notes are unusual in having two prefixes, TA and TD associated with the T004 print plate code.

Re: Irish Euro Notes - Europa Series

Posted: 20 Jan 2019 21:50
by Mac
I just saved a set of Irish T notes from the first run. Terribly boring notes, no replacements or dates of issue.

Re: Irish Euro Notes - Europa Series

Posted: 21 Jan 2019 20:31
by DOC
I agree that the euro notes lack the variety and interest of the earlier issues of The Central Bank of Ireland and Currency Commission. However, the euro is the currency that goes through our hands every day and I live in hope that something interesting will turn up. I did not collect the Lavery, Series B or Series C notes when they circulated and that was a missed opportunity.

Re: Irish Euro Notes - Europa Series

Posted: 22 Jan 2019 14:05
by JohnnyQ
Here are a few plate letters for Irish €20 notes. All prefix TC. T002B1, T002B2, T005A4, T002C3, T002C6 and T002H3.

Re: Irish Euro Notes - Europa Series

Posted: 22 Jan 2019 19:36
by DOC
Thanks for that. Still haven't seen one myself yet :)

Re: Irish Euro Notes - Europa Series

Posted: 10 Feb 2019 11:41
by DOC
Here are images of the new Europa Series 20 euro note printed by The Central Bank of Ireland. As mentioned previously by JohnnyQ, 2 print plates codes have been observed, T002 and T005. The year mentioned on the note is 2015 but this relates to the first introduction of Europa Series notes. We have not seen the Irish examples until 2019.

Re: Irish Euro Notes - Europa Series

Posted: 09 Mar 2019 16:54
by leonard
Irish Euro Banknotes - Series 2002 / "Age and Styles of Europe"

Re: Irish Euro Notes - Europa Series

Posted: 10 Mar 2019 10:16
by DOC
That's a great overview of the First Series :) The H004 20 euro is a very difficult note to obtain.

Re: Irish Euro Notes - Europa Series

Posted: 11 Mar 2019 11:08
by Mac
A very useful reference.
Do we know how many H004 20 Euro notes have been recorded? Any runs in UNC?

Re: Irish Euro Notes - Europa Series

Posted: 11 Mar 2019 21:52
by DOC
Only a handful of Irish H004 20 euro notes have found their way to the collecting community. I have seen no runs in UNC although this is always a possibility for a modern note. The Irish notes are an anomaly as most of the H004 run was issued with Portuguese serial numbers by De La Rue, UK.

Re: Irish Euro Notes - Europa Series

Posted: 30 Mar 2019 15:28
by DOC
Here is an example of a Europa Series 5 euro note issued by The Central Bank of Ireland. The year printed top left is 2013 but these notes were not released until 2014.

Re: Irish Euro Notes - Europa Series

Posted: 06 Apr 2019 12:43
by DOC
Here is an example of a Europa Series 10 euro note issued by The Central Bank of Ireland. The year printed top left is 2014 and the first examples were released into circulation in that year.