Counterfeit euro banknotes cut from circulation Germany 2014-2018, by denomination

This statistic shows the distribution of counterfeit euro banknotes, which were withdrawn from circulation in Germany from 2014 to 2018, listed by denomination. In 2014, the counterfeiting activity affected greatly the twenty euro banknote (36 percent of all counterfeits removed) and the fifty euro banknote (46 percent of all counterfeits). Over time, forging activity for both twenty euro note and fifty euro note increased, to 40 percent and 49 percent respectively in 2015. As of 2018, the share of counterfeited fifty euro banknotes reached unprecedented levels, at 72 percent. Forged twenty euro notes diminished to 16 percent. Other denominations stayed at approximately stable levels throughout the time under observation.

Denomination of counterfeit euro banknotes withdrawn from circulation in Germany from 2014 to 2018

Five euro banknoteTen euroTwenty euroFifty euroHundred euroTwo hundred euroFive hundred euro
20141%4%36%46%8%3%2%
20151%2%40%49%6%2%1%
20161%4%25%61%7%1%1%
20171%2%21%65%8%1%2%
20181%2%16%72%6%1%2%
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Source

Release date

January 2019

Region

Germany

Survey time period

2014 to 2018

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