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Denominations

Visually, each denomination has its own distinctive size, colour and image of an architectural style.

Euro banknotes feature architectural styles from different periods in Europe’s history.

€5 banknote

Europa series 

Date of issuance: 2 May 2013

Size: 120 x 62 mm

Colour: Grey

Architectural style: Classical

First series

Date of issuance: 1 January 2002

Size: 120 x 62 mm

Colour: Grey

Architectural style: Classical

 


€10 banknote

Europa series 

Date of issuance: 23 September 2014

Size: 127 x 67 mm

Colour: Red

Architectural style: Romanesque

First series

Date of issuance: 1 January 2002

Size: 127 x 67 mm

Colour: Red

Architectural style: Romanesque


€20 banknote

Europa series

Date of issuance: 25 November 2015

Size: 133 x 72 mm

Colour: Blue

Architectural style: Gothic

First series

Date of issuance: 1 January 2002

Size: 133 x 72 mm

Colour: Blue

Architectural style: Gothic


€50 banknote

Europa series

Date of issuance: 4 April 2017

Size: 140 x 77 mm

Colour: Orange

Architectural style: Renaissance

First series

Date of issuance: 1 January 2002

Size: 140 x 77 mm

Colour: Orange

Architectural style: Renaissance


€100 banknote

Europa series

Date of issuance: 28 May 2019

Size: 147 x 77 mm

Colour: Green

Architectural style: Baroque and rococo

First series

Date of issuance: 1 January 2002

Size: 147 x 82 mm

Colour: Green

Architectural style: Baroque and rococo


€200 banknote

Europa series

Date of issuance: 28 May 2019

Size: 153 x 77 mm

Colour: Yellow-brown

Architectural style: Iron and glass architecture

First series

Date of issuance: 1 January 2002

Size: 153 x 82 mm

Colour: Yellow-brown

Architectural style: 19th century iron and glass architecture


€500 banknote

First series

Date of issuance: 1 January 2002

Size: 160 x 82 mm

Colour: Púrpura

Architectural style: Modern 20th century architecture

 

NB:

The production of €500 banknotes has stopped. Since 27 January 2019 Banco de Portugal(1) is no longer issuing €500 banknotes. However, the €500 banknote will remain legal tender and can therefore continue to be used without restrictions, including as a means of payment. As such, it is not necessary to exchange these banknotes, even after their issuance has stopped.

Should you still want to exchange a €500 banknote, you can do so at commercial bank and Banco de Portugal counters. No person/entity is authorised to withdraw banknotes on behalf of Banco de Portugal or any banking institution.

Banks (and other commercial agents) are also authorised to recirculate/deliver €500 banknotes to their customers.

The €500 banknote, like the other denominations of euro banknotes, will always retain its value and can be exchanged at the national central banks of the Eurosystem for an unlimited period of time. 

 

(1) Similarly to other national central banks of the Eurosystem, excluding Deutsche Bundesbank and Oesterreichische Nationalbank, which will continue to issue €500 banknotes up to, and including, 26 April 2019.