) is a website
designed for tracking euro banknotes
. It was inspired by the U.S. currency tracking
website Where's George?
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 wallet. 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 in no way 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.
From February 2008 onwards, the website is supposed to be run by a non-profit organization based in Belgium, and called the European Society for EuroBillTrackers. This organization, working pretty much like Wikimedia does, will be in charge of protecting the EuroBillTracker database and ensuring a free of charge usage of Eurobilltracker on-line tools for everyone. 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 no later than 12 January 2008.
As of 19 September
- Number of users: over 130,000
- Number of banknotes: over 50,000,000
- Total value of all notes: €1,000,000,000 (14 August 2008)
- Number of interesting hits: over 218,000
- Number of bills by country:
- Germany: over 12,000,000
- Finland: over 8,500,000
- Netherlands: over 7,500,000
- Belgium: over 6,500,000
- Austria: over 2,900,000
- Portugal: over 2,800,000
- Italy: over 2,800,000
- Spain: over 1,900,000
- France: over 1,800,000
- Slovenia: over 800,000
- Greece: over 380,000
- Ireland: over 127,000
- Malta: over 51,000
- Luxembourg: over 37,000
- Cyprus: over 7,000
- Slovakia: over 2,500
Number of banknotes entered (history)
- 2002 – 542,502
- 2003 – 1,035,159
- 2004 – 3,384,818
- 2005 – 7,565,309
- 2006 – 11,414,099
- 2007 - 14,672,857
- 2008 - 43,407,357
Software and hardware
EuroBillTracker is hosted on a dedicated server (AMD Athlon
64 X2 4800+ dual-core processor and 4GB memory) which is located in Espoo
EuroBillTracker uses the following software:
The growing popularity of EuroBillTracker has led to the development of a community
, 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
, and also in Ireland
Since 2004, the community has been organising a pan-European yearly meeting during summer:
The 2008 meeting is scheduled to be held in Ljubljana during August 2008. Since then, new pan-European meetings are supposed to be held every six months.
Apart from the yearly meeting, national communities have been organising 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.