I typically hang out over the coin forum, but picked these up today at US Bank and thought I would share:
I picked up an uncirculated example back when this announcement was made in 2016.
Ireland and Finland are among the scarcer 500 euro notes in AU or better.
This was from EuroBillTracker years ago (2013). If you check it today, you'll see the diffusion of prefixes as different today:
France (U & E prefixes & 23.51% reported Most common*
Spain(V prefix & 15.38% reported Most common
Germany(W; X & R prefixes & 14.8% Most common
Belgium (Z prefix & 9.23% reported Common to uncommon (depending on denomination)
Italy (S prefix & 9.01% reported Common
Greece (Y prefix & 7.1% reported Common to uncommon (depending on denomination & printer's code)
Austria (N prefix & 5.99% reported): Common
Netherlands (P prefix & 5.21% reported): Uncommon to scarce (depending on denomination & printer's code)
Portugal (M prefix & 4.08% reported): Uncommon to scarce (depending on denomination & printer's code)
Ireland (T prefix & 2.64% reported): uncommon & scarce
I am mostly in the Sports Cards and World Coin forums, but do some currency collecting. If the last year of the 500 euro note was 2018, where can I find some uncirculated examples? I know I am probably late to the game, but I thought I ask. Should I keep looking on eBay for ones that are graded? I see mostly the first year issue (2002). I just want the last and final year.
I can get 500 euro notes from currency exchange places, but they are usually no better than almost uncirculated. I do make it to Germany and Portugal a few times a year, I guess it doesn't hurt to ask various banks if they happen to have any stored in a special place. Any insights would be appreciated.