Money, money, money: behind the scenes at a euro note printing press

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In secretive vaults in Rome, crisp 100 and 200 euro banknotes are rolling off the printing press.

The new notes with enhanced security features will offer better protection against forgeries, officials told Reuters, which was given rare access to see the Bank of Italy’s Banknote Printing Department at work.

The notes, named after the mythological princess Europa and released on Tuesday, have large value numerals in a bolder design and contrasting shades to make them easier to identify, European Central Bank (ECB) Banknotes Director Ton Roos said.

“If you hold the banknote up to the light and then on the left hand side you see the watermark with the portrait of … Europa and on the right hand side, on the top of the silver stripe, you have a portrait window, also with the portrait of Europa,” Roos said as he held up a new 100 euro note.

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