Banknotes & Counterfeit Deterrence

Every country has legal restrictions on the reproduction of banknote images. The counterfeiting of currency is a crime, and while restrictions vary from country to country, in some countries, any reproduction of banknote images – even for artistic or advertising uses – is strictly forbidden. Even in countries that allow some limited use of banknote images, there are specific rules and requirements. This website will provide you with information about reproducing banknote images and links to country-specific websites for further guidance.


While the overall economic losses to society from counterfeiting of currency are generally limited, the victims who suffer the most harm are individuals and businesses, because no one reimburses those who accept counterfeit notes. Counterfeit currency can also undermine confidence in the payment system, making the public uncertain about accepting cash for transactions.

The Central Bank Counterfeit Deterrence Group (CBCDG) is responsible for this website. A counterfeit deterrence system (CDS) has been developed by the CBCDG to deter the use of personal computers, digital imaging equipment, and software in the counterfeiting of banknotes. The CDS has been voluntarily adopted by hardware and software manufacturers, and prevents personal computers and digital imaging tools from capturing or reproducing the image of a protected banknote. The technology does not have the capacity to track the use of a personal computer or digital imaging tools.

For information specific to a particular country or the banknote image you want to use, click on the appropriate region on the map or select the relevant country or currency from the list.

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CZK – Czech crown Czech Republic Czech

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Czech National Bank

Payment Media Protection Division
Na Příkopě 28
115 03 Prague 1
Czech Republic

Phone: +420 22 441 1111
Fax: +420 22 441 2404,
+420 22 441 3708

Legal framework I

Legal framework II

General information about the reproduction of banknotes:

The Czech National Bank holds only the reproduction rights and not the copyright. Banknote reproductions shall comply with the criteria specified in Decree No. 553/2006 Coll. (see link for legal framework I). Pursuant to the copyright law, anybody who intends to reproduce banknotes must obtain the prior consent of the banknote designer.

For further details, please contact the Czech National Bank directly.

Reproduction in printed media:

Reproductions of valid banknotes and banknotes that can be exchanged for valid banknotes (hereinafter referred to as “banknotes”) and objects imitating banknotes (hereinafter referred to as “imitations of banknotes”) may be produced in the following cases:

  • One-sided reproductions of banknotes and imitations of banknotes whose size, the ratio of their sides being preserved, is at most 75% of the length and width of the original banknote or at least 125% of the length and width of the original banknote.
  • Two-sided reproductions of banknotes and imitations of banknotes whose size, the ratio of their sides being preserved, is at most 50% of the length and width of the original banknote or at least 200% of the length and width of the original banknote.
  • One-sided reproductions of banknotes and imitations of parts of banknotes which do not exceed 33% of the banknote’s area and are produced in a way that does not allow the whole banknote to be assembled from the individual parts.
  • One-sided reproductions of banknotes and imitations of banknotes of which the longer and shorter sides form an angle that is 20 degrees greater or less than 90 degrees.
  • Reproductions of banknotes and imitations of banknotes made of a material that cannot be mistaken for the original material, i.e. not paper, plastic or any other material used to produce banknotes.
  • Reproductions of individual design elements of banknotes where such a design element is not depicted on a background resembling a banknote.

Reproduction in electronic media:

Reproductions of banknotes and imitations of banknotes may be produced provided that their resolution, the size of the banknote being preserved, does not exceed 72 dots per inch and that they are marked with either the word “Specimen” printed diagonally in an opaque colour and in a layer that cannot be separated from the image of the banknote, the length of the word being at least 75% of the longer side of the banknote and the height being at least 15% of the shorter side of the banknote, or with another word of the same dimensions and a similar meaning.