Numismatists in Turkey have produced a commemorative "zero euro" promotional banknote. This article was found via the May 14, 2019 issue
of News & Notes from the Society of Paper Money Collectors. -Editor
Göbeklitepe, one of the oldest sites of archaeological ruins and one of the oldest temples in the world, located in Turkey's southeastern
Şanlıurfa province, is featured on new euro bills printed for commemorative purposes and used for tourism.
Considered the birthplace of human civilizations, Göbeklitepe will define Turkish tourism policy this year. To promote one of the most
important and ancient archaeological sites, the government has declared 2019 as the "Year of Göbeklitepe."
Thus, numismatist Özgür Honça and his teammates İbrahim Gölgeli and Christian Petermann, printed commemorative euro bills
in real euro standards at the institution that is licensed by the European Central Bank (ECB) to issue money for tourism purposes. The commemorative
euro bill features the picture of Göbeklitepe; however, there is also a "0" to avoid its use for trade transactions.
Honça said that they initiated these efforts to promote Göbeklitepe in a more effective way, adding, "The bill has been issued by a
private institution authorized and licensed by the ECB solely for commemorative and tourism purposes."
To read the complete article, see:
New euro banknote features Göbeklitepe
Wayne Homren, Editor
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