"Europa": 2nd series of euro banknotes

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Re: "Europa": 2nd series of euro banknotes

Postby lmviterbo » Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:04 pm

xja wrote:The grain surrounding the serial number is because of jpeg compression.
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Oops, seems that you are right and VH is indeed a new letter combination on the serial number.

H and Z share the same checksum value (zero). I wonder if this means that VH is some kind of test serial put in circulation, just like we suspect to be the case for NZ and XZ. (SZ has also been printed but keeps on not showing up in the wild.)

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Re: "Europa": 2nd series of euro banknotes

Postby LArdennais » Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:06 pm

So, for you : V003 = test plate ? Like :note-5: Z002 ?
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Re: "Europa": 2nd series of euro banknotes

Postby lmviterbo » Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:13 pm

LArdennais wrote:So, for you : V003 = test plate ? Like :note-5: Z002 ?

That's what I suppose, yes. Nothing but an (arguably) educated guess, though.

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Re: "Europa": 2nd series of euro banknotes

Postby JordiJanTaxi » Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:14 pm

lmviterbo wrote:
xja wrote:The grain surrounding the serial number is because of jpeg compression.
Learn about it here

Oops, seems that you are right and VH is indeed a new letter combination on the serial number.

H and Z share the same checksum value (zero). I wonder if this means that VH is some kind of test serial put in circulation, just like we suspect to be the case for NZ and XZ. (SZ has also been printed but keeps on not showing up in the wild.)


I don't understand this thing of the test series. What kind of test would it be? Tests are carried long before releasing bills, with papers, inks, impressions, wrecking them, putting them in different liquid solutions, washer machines, freezing and boiling and so on. And they are not put into circulation. Why should banknotes with XZ, NZ o VH serialnumbers be "test series"?

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Re: "Europa": 2nd series of euro banknotes

Postby lmviterbo » Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:36 pm

Well, here's what I can imagine: either a new stress test has been invented, or a new benchmark composed of old and new tests. This actually happens all the time.

What happens next might be the following (I'm kind of guessing here):

ECB wants to check how current banknotes cope with these new tests. In order to do that, it may be more reasonable to make a whole new batch of notes just for this purpose. Notes on the batch that are tested will eventually get shredded, even if they cope well with the tests, because they are no longer UNCirculated (for some reason, non-uncirculated notes may not be allowed to be issued from the central banks). Other notes on the batch will not be tested, because it's not required to test, say, a million notes, and that is the smallest "charge" you can make.


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