header Notes Collection

500 Euro 2012, Austria

in Krause book Number: 20
Years of issue: 2012
Signatures: The President of the European Central Bank: Mr. Mario Draghi
Serie: Architecture
Specimen of: 2002
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 160 х 82
Printer: Oesterreichische Banknoten und Sicherheitsdruck, Wien

* All pictures marked magnify are increased partially by magnifying glass, the remaining open in full size by clicking on the image.

** The word "Specimen" is present only on some of electronic pictures, in accordance with banknote images publication rules of appropriate banks.

500 Euro 2012




The banknote protected by a watermark in the form of a facade of a modern building, copying the image on the front side and the number "500".


500 Euro 2012

The facade of a modern building, on a banknote, reflects the modern architectural style.

In the center there are 12 stars - the emblem of the European Union, and in the upper left corner - the European flag.


500 Euro 2012

Architectural style: Modern architectural style.

The image of the Normandy bridge, made of metal, and the map of Europe. The banknote is protected by a watermark, made in the form of a facade of the building, as on the front side of the banknote, and the number "500". A security thread with a repeating text "500 EURO" runs to the left of the center. The hologram is located on the right side of the obverse. Depending on the viewing angle, the number "500" is visible on it, the architectural fragment (facade on the front side of the banknote) or the word "EURO" in the Latin and Greek alphabets.

Pont de Normandie

The Pont de Normandie (English: Normandy Bridge) is a cable-stayed road bridge that spans the river Seine linking Le Havre to Honfleur in Normandy, northern France. Its total length is 2,143.21 meters (7,032 ft.) – 856 meters (2,808 ft.) between the two piers. It is also the last bridge to cross the Seine before it empties into the ocean. Despite being a motorway toll bridge, there is a footpath as well as a narrow cycle lane in each direction allowing pedestrians and cyclists to cross the bridge free of charge.

The bridge was designed by Michel Virlogeux, the general studies have been led by Bernard Raspaud from Bouygues, and the works management was shared between G. Barlet and P. Jacquet. The architects were François Doyelle and Charles Lavigne. Construction by Bouygues, Campenon Bernard, Dumez, Monberg & Thorsen, Quillery, Sogea and Spie Batignolles began in 1988 and lasted 7 years. The bridge opened on 20 January 1995.

At that time it was both the longest cable-stayed bridge in the world, and also had a record distance between piers for a cable-stayed bridge. It was more than 250 meters (820 ft.) longer between piers than the previous record. This record was lost in 1999 to the Tatara Bridge in Japan. Its record for length for a cable-stayed bridge was lost in 2004 to the 2883 meters of the Rio-Antirrio. At the end of construction, the total cost for the bridge, all ancillary structures and finance costs was $465 million and was financed by Natixis. The bridge on its own cost €233 million (US$250 million).

The cable-stayed design was chosen because it was both cheaper and more resistant to high winds than a suspension bridge. Shortly after opening, the longest cables exhibited excessive vibrations, so several damping systems were quickly retrofitted.

The span, 23.6 meters (77 ft.) wide, is divided into four lanes for traffic and two lanes for pedestrians. The pylons, made of concrete, are shaped as upside-down Ys. They weigh more than 20,000 tons and are 214.77 meters (705 ft.) tall. More than 19,000 tons of steel and 184 Freyssinet cables were used.


Banknote with the letter N in front of the serial number. Released into circulation by Austrian bank.

Banknote Design made by an artist of the National Bank of Austria, Robert Kalina and selected from among 44 entries at 3 December 1996 by consultation of the European Monetary Institute.

All euro banknotes have the signature of the current President of the ECB. Director appointed for a term of eight years.

The following islands and overseas territories are shown on the back of euro banknotes: the Azores, the Canary Islands, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Madeira, Martinique and Reunion.

On each of the seven denominations of Euro banknotes has six-character code which contains information about the printing, which is printed on a banknote. Code looks cliche «G013B6», where the first letter identifies the printing press, the next three digits identify the number pad. For example, "013" refers to the 13th printing plate printing. The fifth and sixth elements of the code are respectively the row and column location on the banknote cliche. So, when this bill was on the code pad in the second row, sixth column.

Attention: Code cliche in the bill should not coincide with the country code!