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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HUF - Hungarian forint Hungary Hungarian

Official bank or department:

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Magyar Nemzeti Bank

Cash Logistics
H-1239 Budapest, Európa u.1
Postal address: H-1850 Budapest

Tel: +36 1 421 3390
Fax: +36 1 421 3391
email: kpl@mnb.hu, utanzat@mnb.hu

General information about the reproduction of banknotes:

Money reproductions

Reproduction in printed media:

Reproductions of forint banknotes may be produced on a paper-based substance without permission from the Magyar Nemzeti Bank if the reproduction:

  • is printed on a substance that is clearly different and distinguishable from banknote or security paper, and
  • is printed on one side only (being the reproduction of either the front or the reverse side of a banknote), provided that the length and width of the reproduction measure either less than 75% or more than 125% of the length and width of the original banknote, or
  • is printed on both sides (based on the front and reverse sides of a banknote), provided that the length and width of the reproduction measure either less than 50% or more than 200% of the length and width of the original banknote, or
  • only contains a part of the front or the reverse side of the original banknote and the size of the part reproduced is smaller than one-third of the front or the reverse side of the original banknote, or
  • contains a specific graphic element of the original banknote, provided that such individual graphic element is represented against a background clearly different and distinguishable from that of the original banknote.

If the envisaged reproduction of a forint banknote is different from the reproductions not requiring authorisation from the Magyar Nemzeti Bank, such reproduction may only be produced with official permission from the Magyar Nemzeti Bank.

Reproduction in electronic media:

No authorisation is required from the Magyar Nemzeti Bank if the reproduction is made available by electronic means, on a website or via a wire-based or wireless device.