European Monetary Institute

It is rarely seen. Not many people keep it in your hands. Only a select few are devoted to the history of its origin. This is a bill of 500 euros. The only scientifically analyze it and its smaller sisters – the smaller denominations of dignity, Manfred is Courbet. Professor of Civil Engineering Faculty of the Technical University of Dresden is well-versed in denominations of the euro – as a true scholar. "I watched the bridge motifs in the Capital sides of the bills, "- says Professor Courbet.

While the introduction of the euro online community is lost in the wild guesses about the origin of bridge motifs, a professor with a pronounced weakness for bridges travels throughout Europe. "The story has long been sitting in my head," – says Courbet. "In travel I put together with pleasure and compare actual bridges with motifs on banknotes." Overhead motifs belong to the Austrian artist Robert Kalina. He – Austrian National Bank employee wins in 1996 conducted by the European Monetary Institute design competition euro banknotes. As 'designer notes' on "The Age and styles in Europe," Kalina swears in its opinion is that did not use any motives actually existing European bridges in his chart. All motifs are stylized – only distinct historical periods from Romanticism to Modernism. This is a compelling reason: The euro should not be promote envy or resentment between nationalities – whereas, for example, the French know their bridge to the bill of 200 euros and the Germans in the top five.