Just released on the ECB website, at
http://www.ecb.int/change/trichetsignature.en.html which also shows
Euro banknotes with the signature of the ECB President, Jean-Claude
Euro banknotes bearing the signature of Mr Jean-Claude Trichet,
President of the European Central Bank (ECB), are starting to come into
circulation. Production of these banknotes began shortly after Mr
Trichet became President on 1 November 2003.
This is in line with Article 1 (2) of ECB Decision ECB/2001/7 on the
denominations, specifications, reproduction, exchange and withdrawal of
euro banknotes, as last amended by Decision ECB/2003/4, which states
that "other elements of the [banknote] designs shall include...the
signature of the President of the ECB".
Banknotes with Mr Trichet's signature are issued by the euro area
national central banks in the normal way, i.e. to replace unfit
banknotes and to meet any increase in demand for specific denominations.
They circulate alongside those bearing the signature of his predecessor,
Mr Willem F. Duisenberg. Both categories of banknote are equally valid.
Neither should be regarded as a collector's item.