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20 Euro 2015. Overprint, France

in Krause book Number: 22u
Years of issue: 25.11.2015
Signatures: The President of the European Central Bank: Mr. Mario Draghi
Serie: Europe
Specimen of: 24.02.2015
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 133 х 72
Printer: Francois-Charles Oberthur Fiduciaire SA, Colombes

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20 Euro 2015. Overprint




Image of the Phoenician princess Europa, whose portrait copied from an ancient wine vessel. denomination in numeral "20" and the arched window (same as on obverse).


20 Euro 2015. Overprint

On the right side shows a Gothic arched window of XIII-XIV centuries. In the center there are 12 stars - the emblem of the European Union, and in the upper left corner - the European flag.

The holographic image of the Phoenician princess Europe, whose portrait been copied from an ancient wine vessel. The figure denomination - emerald green (in lower left corner). At the top center - in the background color.


20 Euro 2015. Overprint

Architectural style: Gothic.

Pont Valentre

The Gothic stone bridge.

Probably the image of the bridge is taken from the Gothic bridge on the river Lot Cahors (Pont Valentre, Cahors, 1378). This bridge with defensive towers, gave protection to the claimants of taxes from their pursuers. In addition, around the bridge soars mysterious story, associated with the construction of facilities. In order to begin to build a bridge, master builder had to sell his soul to the devil. After the completion the devil demanded tribute. However, the smart master asked him to provide the latest service: the devil had to carry water in a sieve. Since he failed, he was left without a masters soul. And yet, the devil avenged him. Each night, after the completion, from the tower structure chipping one stone and fell into the water. Once again, builders have to insert the stone into place and they turned for advice to the sage. So, to this day, one of the stones lining is designed as devils sculpture. Since then, the stone tower remains firmly in its place - the evils spirit, Beelzebub, appeared relaxed.

At the bottom is the map of Europe and 12 stars of the European Union.

Large denomination in numeral is below.

On right side (on white background) is a small print Ps, it looks like the print on russian 500 Rubles banknote. Probably, it is was also made by some Exchange currency kiosk, as as proof of the authenticity of banknote, but I am not sure about this.


The design of banknotes was designed by an artist of the National Bank of Austria, Robert Kalina and a graphic designer from Germany Reinhold Gershtetter.

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.

When probing the bills left to right should be letters and numbers, indicating the dignity of the monetary unit.

The note also carries the initials of the European Central Bank in nine linguistic variants, covering all official languages of the EU in the beginning of 2013 (the time of the banknote introduction), and now 23 out of 24 official languages of the EU28, in the following order (see above for details on the initials used already in the 2002 series): BCE, ECB, ЕЦБ (Bulgarian: Европейска централна банка), EZB, EKP, ΕΚΤ, EKB (Hungarian: Európai Központi Bank), BĊE (Maltese: Bank Ċentrali Ewropew), EBC (Polish: Europejski Bank Centralny). Not covered by the initials is Croatian, which became an official language in July 2013 (the ECB name in Croatian is Europska središnja banka, abbreviated ESB).