Over 250,000 counterfeit banknotes withdrawn from circulation
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    Over 250,000 counterfeit banknotes withdrawn from circulation

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    During the first semester of this year, 251,000 counterfeit euro banknotes were withdrawn from circulation, 4.2% less than in the second semester of 2018, the European Central Bank (ECB) said on Friday.

    Over 80% of the false notes were in denominations of 20 and 50 euros.

    “The likelihood of receiving a counterfeit is very small indeed as the number of counterfeits remains very low compared with the number of genuine banknotes in circulation,” the ECB stressed in a press release.

    There are now over 22 billion Euro banknotes in circulation, representing a total value of about 1,200 billion euros.

    Most of the counterfeits were in denominations of 50 euros (54.2%), followed by 20-euro bills (27.9%) and 100-euro ones (10.4%).

    Some 97.2% of the counterfeits were seized in Euro-zone countries. The other false banknotes came from EU member States outside the Euro-zone (2.1%) and from other parts of the world (0.7%)

    Oscar Schneider
    The Brussels Times