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Unlike euro coins, euro notes do not have a national side indicating which country issued them (which is not necessarily where they were printed). This information is instead encoded within the first character of each note's serial number.

The first character of the serial number is a letter which uniquely identifies the country that issues the note. The remaining 11 characters are numbers which, when calculated their digital root, give a checksum also particular to that country. Because of the arithmetic of the check-sum, consecutively issued banknotes are not numbered sequentially, but rather, "consecutive" banknotes are 9 digits apart.

But as noted here, if you control the machinery, printing X-notes (Germany) could be as easy as printing Y-notes (Greece). Leading to widespread distrust of euro-notes and a flight to safety in German euro-coins? Nah, probably not.

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by A swedish kind of death on Sun Feb 12th, 2012 at 05:04:19 PM EST
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