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ECB information on the counterfeiting of the euro

In the first half of 2004, a total of 307,223 counterfeit euro banknotes were withdrawn from circulation, the European Central Bank (ECB) said on 22 July.

Click here to read the "Biannual information on the counterfeiting of the euro" on the ECB's web site

This figure is about the same as that for the second half of 2003, when nearly 312,000 counterfeits were recovered.

The most commonly forged note was the €50, with 133,921 counterfeits withdrawn. Twenty-euro notes were next, with 86,671 forgeries

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