Thursday, July 12, 2018
Zero Euro souvenir banknotes
The Zero Euro is a souvenir banknote with authorised printing by the European Central Bank (ECB) on real euro banknote paper. The father of the concept is Richard Faille, creator of popular French currency souvenirs, who in 2015 decided to create euro banknotes promoting tourism. The banknotes share many of the same characteristics of a real euro banknote except that they are marked as “0”, i.e. their nominal value is zero. The front of all Zero Euro banknotes is the same. The reverse features the chosen motif.
Souvenir banknotes have become a collectors’ phenomenon in Slovakia.
We came across this concept at a collectors’ fair in Germany some years ago. Frenchmen were selling Zero Euros depicting various national monuments like the Eiffel Tower and castles. We were enthusiastic over their artistic design and the fact that they were, in terms of quality, identical to genuine euro banknotes. But contrary to classical nominal values, they featured a big zero. We bought some of them and offered them to collectors in Slovakia and they were interested.