It’s time to get rid of all those 500 euros notes in your purses, wallets, stashed under the mattress……. as the €500 banknote will no longer be printed after 2018. Existing five-hundreders will of course be honoured until they’re all spent up.
The Europa series is the second series of euro banknotes to be issued since the euro was introduced, and started with the €5 in 2013 and followed by the €10 and €20 in 2014 and 2015, respectively.
The ECB (European Central Bank) explains that it decided to permanently stop producing the €500 banknote and to exclude it from the Europa series, because of ‘concerns that this banknote could facilitate illicit activities’. Its high value means that it is possible to carry a very large sum in a relatively small container, so easy to fund criminal activities without carrying suitcases of money around!