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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National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic

101 Umetalieva Street
Bishkek City
Kyrgyz Republic

Tel.: +996 31 266 9011
        +996 31 266 9226
Fax: +996 31 261 0730
E-mail: mail@nbkr.kg

Low-dpi banknote images

General information about the reproduction of banknotes:

The use of banknote images or any parts of images (in one or more colours) which – with regard to their characteristics (size, colour, presentation) – could be mistaken in circulation for genuine banknotes of the Kyrgyz Republic is prohibited and punishable by an administrative fine of not less than ten estimate indicators and not more than twenty estimate indicators with confiscation of the instruments used for reproduction or the object used to commit the offence.

The same activity as described in the previous paragraph, if repeated within one year of the application of administrative disciplinary measures, is punishable by an administrative fine of not less than twenty estimate indicators and not more than fifty estimate indicators, with confiscation of the instruments used for reproduction or the object used to commit the offence.

Criminal sanction for counterfeiting

Criminal Code of the Kyrgyz Republic
Article 198. Counterfeiting, storage or sale of counterfeit money or securities.

  1. The production with the purpose of selling or storage with the purpose of selling, as well as the sale of, counterfeit banknotes, coins, securities or foreign currency or securities in foreign currency shall be punishable by corrective labour of up to three years, by restricted liberty of up to five years or by imprisonment of up to five years with confiscation of property.
  2. The same acts committed:
    a) on a large scale;
    b) by a group of individuals with intent to commit a crime, shall be punishable by imprisonment of between seven and ten years with confiscation of property.
  3. Acts, as stipulated in the first part of this article, committed by an organised group shall be punishable by imprisonment of between fifteen and twenty years with confiscation of property.

Reproduction in printed media:

It is possible to reproduce images of banknotes (in one or more colours) without the official permission of the National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic if the reproductions are more than 130% or less than 70% of the size of the original banknote or if the banknote images are used in the form of illuminated advertising.

For print media, we supply on loan either digital images of our banknotes (150 dpi) or physical banknote specimens (both include the word “YЛГY” (specimen) printed diagonally across the banknote). These will be provided only if the reason for wishing to reproduce the banknotes is declared and the user indicates that they accept the terms of the contract governing their use by returning a signed letter stating the terms and conditions in question). Moreover, it is strictly forbidden to pass these images or copies thereof on to third parties, and all materials provided must be returned to the National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic. Users are responsible for ensuring that access to these materials is limited.

All negatives, plates, positives, digitised storage media, graphics files, magnetic media, optical storage devices and other devices used to create illustrations containing complete or partial banknote images must be destroyed, deleted or erased after their final use.

Reproduction in electronic media:

Publicly accessible digital banknote images must meet both of the following criteria:

  • The image resolution must be 72 dpi or less.
  • The word “YЛГY” (specimen) must be printed diagonally across the reproduction in a contrasting colour. The word must be at least 10% of the length and 10% of the width of the banknote image.