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The book ‛ENSIMMÄISET EUROT ‒ Eurosetelisarjan synty, liikkeeseenlasku ja ensi vuosikymmen’ (First euros – the creation, issuance and first decade of euro banknotes) has come out. The book gives a detailed description of a project unparalleled in the economic history.

The book presents the phases of the first common European banknote series from the early 1990s until the development of the second series of euro banknotes – the Europa series – launched in 2013. The in-depth review of the process is enriched by abundant illustrations and the author’s personal experiences of involvement in key functions during the course of the project. Even though the author approaches the subject from the European perspective, the Finnish aspect is also mirrored.

The author Antti Heinonen has an exceptional and long career in the field of banknotes. As the Head of the Bank of Finland’s Payment Instruments Department, he was centrally involved in the development of euro banknotes and the preparations for their entry into circulation. From 1998 onwards, Mr Heinonen held the position as Director Banknotes at the European Central Bank for over ten years, during which time he was also in charge of the introduction of euro cash in 2002.

The Bank of Finland will hold a discussion session on the book at the Bank of Finland Museum on Thursday 13 March at 5.30 pm. The event is part of the Bank of Finland’s discussion series Talouskirja Nyt, which is intended for the general public. The author discusses the book with Matti Louekoski, the former Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Bank of Finland, who was the board member responsible for cash-related matters during the introduction of the euro.

The Bank of Finland’s Talouskirja Nyt discussion series unlocks the ideas of economics through the literature. The sessions present current books published in Finland on a variety of economic issues. The events are open to everyone, and the audience has the opportunity to participate in the discussion.

The renovated Museum is located at Snellmaninkatu 2, right next to the Helsinki Cathedral. The Museum is currently showing a seasonal exhibition ‘Economic books that changed the world’.

For further information, please contact:
Jaakko Koskentola, Curator of the Bank of Finland Museum, tel. +358 10 195 702,
Richard Brander, Communications Officer, tel. +358 10 831 2206.

Bank of Finland
Tel. +358 10 831 2626
Fax +358 9 658 424

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