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El BCE pone fin a la producción y la emisión del billete de 500€

El BCE pone fin a la producción y la emisión del billete de 500€


  • El BCE ha decidido cesar la producción y la emisión del billete de 500€
  • La serie Europa de billetes en euros no incluirá la denominación de 500€
  • El billete de 500€ sigue siendo de curso legal y mantendrá su valor indefinidamente

Tras la conclusión de un examen de la estructura de las denominaciones de la serie Europa, el Consejo de Gobierno del Banco Central Europeo (BCE) ha decidido hoy poner fin permanentemente a la producción del billete de 500€ y excluirlo de la serie Europa, teniendo en cuenta la preocupación de que los billetes de esta denominación puedan facilitar la comisión de actividades ilícitas. Los billetes de 500€ dejarán de emitirse a finales de 2018, período en que está prevista la introducción de los billetes de 100€ y de 200€ de la serie Europa. Las demás denominaciones —de 5€ a 200€— se mantendrán.

Considerando el papel internacional del euro y la confianza generalizada de que gozan los billetes en euros, la denominación de 500€ seguirá siendo de curso legal y, en consecuencia, podrá seguir utilizándose como medio de pago y depósito de valor. El Eurosistema, que comprende el BCE y los bancos centrales nacionales de la zona del euro, adoptará medidas para asegurar la disponibilidad de cantidades suficientes del resto de las denominaciones.

El billete de 500€, al igual que las demás denominaciones de billetes en euros, mantendrá su valor indefinidamente y puede cambiarse en los bancos centrales nacionales del Eurosistema durante un período ilimitado.

Persona de contacto para consultas de los medios de comunicación: William Lelieveldt, tel.: +49 69 1344 7316.


La serie Europa es la segunda serie de billetes en euros, que se está introduciendo de forma gradual, comenzando con el billete de 5€ en 2013, seguido del de 10€ y 20€ en 2014 y 2015, respectivamente.

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