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A bridge too far
In December 1996 the European Monetary Institute - precursor to the European Central Bank - unveiled the winning designs for the new euro banknotes. The winning artist was an Austrian, Robert Kalina, whose banknotes showed the seven ages of European development.

The five euro note is classical, the 10 euro note romanesque, the 20 euro note gothic, the 50 euro note shows the Renaissance, the 100 euro note depicts the Baroque and Rococo, the 200 euro note the "age of iron and glass architecture", and the 500 euro note symbolises modern 20th century architecture. The front of euro notes shows windows and gateways, while the back features new stylised bridge designs.

However, closer inspection of Mr Kalina's bridges revealed that the designs had been borrowed wholesale from a standard manual on the subject, 'Bridges - 300 Years of Defying Nature'. The 50 euro note, for example, showed the Rialto bridge in Venice and the 500 euro note depicted the Pont de Normandie. More embarrassing was the fact that the five euro note showed the picture of an ancient pontoon bridge in India. The designs have now been revised.

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