EuroBillTracker

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EuroBillTracker
Ebtlogo.png
Available in English, and others
Website www.eurobilltracker.com
Commercial No
Launched 2002
Current status Online

EuroBillTracker (EBT) is a website designed for tracking euro banknotes. It was inspired by the US currency tracking website Where's George?.[1][2] The aim is to record as many notes as possible to know details about their distribution and movements, follow it up, like where a note has been seen in particular, and generate statistics and rankings, for example, in which countries there are more tickets.[3] EuroBillTracker has registered over 167 million notes as of June 2017,[4] worth more than €3.096 billion.[4]

Characteristics[edit]

EuroBillTracker is an international non-profit volunteer team dedicated to tracking euro notes around the world. The site is made up of people who simply enter the information from the notes in their possession. Each user enters the serial numbers and location information for each note they obtain into EuroBillTracker. A user can then see any comments from other people who have had that note. From this information, the site extracts:

  • Diffusion information: Each euro country has its own range of note serial numbers and from this information EBT can generate diffusion graphs that tell us how the notes travel to other countries. See the Diffusion section for more information.
  • Tracking information: When a note is re-entered, the users who previously entered it are notified via email. These hits can be seen in the statistics section.
  • Statistics and rankings: Who enters the most notes, which are the top countries? Where are the notes currently situated?

Euro banknotes and coins were put into circulation on 1 January 2002 and EBT has been tracking notes since then. The site was initially created by Philippe Girolami (giro). Anssi Johansson (avij) has been assisting with running the site since mid-2003. Site translation and various other tasks are handled by a group of active EBT users.

EuroBillTracker is not affiliated with the European Union, European Central Bank, national central banks or other financial institutions. Using EBT is completely free. Unlike Where's George?, EuroBillTracker requires users to register an account before they can enter details of banknotes.[5]

From February 2008 onwards, the website is supposed to be run by a non-profit organization based in France, and called the European Society for EuroBillTrackers or Association des Eurobilltrackers.[6] This organisation, operating generally similar to Wikimedia, will be in charge of protecting the EuroBillTracker database and ensuring it is free of charge. Proceedings for the founding of the association are under way as of January 2008; they were launched after disagreements between the founder of the website and other webmasters caused a split of EuroBillTracker into two different sites on 24 December 2007. The two sites reunited in early 2008.

Statistical facts[edit]

A map of Eurozone according to their EBT hit ratio, i.e. the ratio between the number of banknotes registered at least two times and the total number of banknotes entered in a country. Green represents a higher ratio.

Core figures[edit]

As of 01 January 2017:[7]

  • Number of users: over 183,300
  • Number of banknotes: over 162,900,000
  • Total value of all notes: over €2,900,000,000
  • Number of interesting hits: over 939,700
  • Number of bills by country:
Entered notes (over)
Country in 2015 in 2016
Germany Germany 49,600,000 50,450,000
Belgium Belgium 20,190,000 20,470,000
Cyprus Cyprus 54,400 54,600
Vatican City Vatican 5,600 5,700
Slovakia Slovakia 1,170,000 1,190,000
Slovenia Slovenia 3,900,000 3,980,000
Spain Spain 5,300,000 5,420,000
Estonia Estonia 685,000 710,000
Finland Finland 20,102,000 20,290,000
France France 7,200,000 7,370,000
Greece Greece 1,030,000 1,050,000
Republic of Ireland Ireland 1,230,000 1,260,000
Italy Italy 8,200,000 8,360,000
Latvia Latvia 143,000 150,000
Lithuania Lithuania 164,000 190,000
Luxembourg Luxembourg 196,000 199,000
Malta Malta 1,060,000 1,080,000
Monaco Monaco 139,000 140,000
Netherlands Netherlands 18,100,000 18,310,000
Portugal Portugal 7,100,000 7,260,000
San Marino San Marino 4,900 5,000
Austria Austria 13,900,000 14,120,000
Andorra Andorra 27,400 28,200
Montenegro Montenegro 16,200 16,400

Number of banknotes entered (history)[edit]

Year Number of Banknotes Entered
2002
531,080
2003
1,016,793
2004
3,322,883
2005
7,377,815
2006
10,856,023
2007
13,724,936
2008
14,864,731
2009
16,192,463
2010
15,170,832
2011
14,736,986
2012
14,248,117
2013
13,692,838
2014
13,036,882
2015
12,506,391
2016
11,852,885

Community[edit]

The growing popularity of EuroBillTracker has led to the development of a community of trackers, especially in countries with a higher usage of the website, such as Finland, the Benelux countries and Slovenia. On the contrary, the percentage of users with respect to the national population is especially low in some south European countries such as France, Spain or Greece, and also in Republic of Ireland

Since 2004, the community has been organizing a pan-European yearly meeting during summer. And after the 2008 meeting in Ljubljana the EBT users decided to organize also a winter pan-European meeting.

Year Winter Summer
2004 Belgium Brussels
2005 Finland Helsinki
2006 Netherlands Amsterdam
2007 Germany Berlin
2008 Slovenia Ljubljana
2009 Italy Bologna and Ferrara Austria Vienna
2010 Malta Malta Italy Florence and Prato
2011 Germany Kalkar Spain Barcelona
2012 Germany Frankfurt am Main + ECB Germany Munich
2013 France Rouen Netherlands Rotterdam
2014 Portugal Lisbon Finland Turku
2015 Cyprus Larnaca Belgium Brussels and Antwerp
2016 Republic of Ireland Dublin Malta Sliema
2017 [1] Finland Helsinki

Curiosities:

  • The Winter Meeting in 2010 was the first where the name of the country was attributed to the meeting instead of the host city;
  • The city of Germany Frankfurt am Main was the host of the Winter 2012 Meeting, and was the one where was celebrated the 10th Anniversary of EuroBillTracker;
  • The Summer 2016 Meeting was the first where the host was repeated (in Malta Malta, after 2010 Winter Meeting);

Apart from the yearly meeting, national communities have been organizing local gatherings at various levels; most notably, the German-speaking community has once been hosted at the European Central Bank headquarters in Frankfurt am Main in April 2007. The visit was repeated in April 2012, during an international meeting.

Notes[edit]

^ There was no Winter Meeting in 2017 because the only host that applied to organize the event did it outside of the deadline date.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Euro Bill Tracker Reaches 50,000 Registered Bills in 15 Weeks Time, press release published on April 12, 2002
  2. ^ Saranow, J: "Follow the Money", The Wall Street Journal, 9 December 2002
  3. ^ "EuroBillTracker – About this site". Philippe Girolami, Anssi Johansson, Marko Schilde. EuroBillTracker. 1 January 2002. Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "EuroBillTracker – Statistics". Philippe Girolami, Anssi Johansson, Marko Schilde. EuroBillTracker. 1 January 2002. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "EuroBillTracker :: View topic – how to enter notes?". Eurobilltrackerforum.com. Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  6. ^ "EuroBillTracker :: View topic – Gennevilliers Agreement". Eurobilltrackerforum.com. Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  7. ^ "Follow your Euro notes in their tracks". En.eurobilltracker.com. 1 January 2002. Retrieved 2017-01-01. 

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