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Introducing the 0 Euro Banknote: What makes it unique?

Introducing the 0 Euro Banknote. In July 2024, a special €0 banknote will be released. Only 3,000 of these numbered banknotes, from 000001 to 003000, will be made. This banknote honors the 80th anniversary of the Normandy landings, an important event in World War II. Let’s take a look at what this banknote will look like and what it is for.

What is the meaning of the banknote?

The Normandy landings on June 6, 1944, were a turning point in European history. This operation symbolizes the fight for freedom and played a key role in ending World War II. The €0 banknote, shown below, depicts this event and is meant to honor its significance. Each banknote is a small work of art, filled with details and design elements that inspire deeper reflection on this important historical moment.
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Collectors value

€0 banknotes are not legal tender, meaning you cannot use them for transactions. They are purely symbolic and collectible. Made with the same care as real banknotes, they feature holograms, special inks, watermarks, and unique serial numbers. Despite their lack of face value, these banknotes have gained popularity among collectors worldwide. Since 2015, more than 2,500 different models have been issued in 30 countries, and some have achieved significant value on the collectors’ market.

Besides their collector value, €0 banknotes have an important educational purpose. They remind us of key historical events and serve as tools for teaching history, helping to perpetuate the memory of significant moments that shaped the modern world.
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How to get a 0 euro banknote

The new €0 banknote, commemorating the Normandy landings, is produced by Oberthur Fiduciaire and sold by Euro Banknote Memory. You can buy it in specialist shops, museums, and online. Other €0 banknotes from different eurozone countries are available in similar places, often as tourist souvenirs. The idea of creating €0 banknotes came about in 2015 by Frenchman Richard Faille, who previously produced commemorative coins. For these banknotes to be legally issued, they must meet the requirements of the European Central Bank’s decision of 19 April 2013. This decision mandates that commemorative coins must be easily recognizable and not be confused with real banknotes.