Euro area gets new 10-euro bill

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Columbus CEO

BERLIN (AP) — The 18 countries that use the euro currency have a new 10-euro ($13) note, which the European Central Bank says has enhanced security features that will make it harder to counterfeit.

The new note introduced Tuesday is the second in the bank's "Europa" series, featuring a portrait of the figure from Greek mythology of that name in both the watermark and hologram stripe.

The first of the new notes, the five-euro bill, was introduced last year and the rest are to be phased in over the coming years. They replace the notes in circulation since euros became the cash currency in 2002.

In addition to the watermark and portrait hologram, the new note has an added security feature with an emerald number which shines when moved up and down.