The First Euros book

The First Euros – The creation and issue of the first euro banknotes and the road to the Europa series

Author(s): Antti Heinonen

2015 . 276

Publisher: Suomen Pankki – Bank of Finland and the European Central Bank

ISBN: 978-92-899-1508-3 (Printed publication)

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​From the conception and development of Europe’s first common banknotes in the early 1990s, to the creation and launch of the second series, Europa. The book gives a detailed analysis of the choices faced at the different stages of design, production and issuance, and the reasoning behind the decisions ultimately made. The author’s personal recollections and experiences enliven a richly illustrated narrative.