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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Bank of Korea

Currency Issue Department, Bank of Korea
110, 3-Ga, Namdaemunno
Jung-Gu
Seoul 100-794
Korea

Phone: +82 2 759 4603
Fax: +82 2 759 4600

Guidelines for the reproduction of Bank of Korea notes and coins

Low dpi banknote images

General information about the reproduction of banknotes:

Reproductions shall not be used for commercial advertising that may encourage obscenity, violence, extravagance or gambling, or in the advertising of photocopiers and scanners that might be used to counterfeit banknotes.

Reproductions are prohibited that might undermine the integrity of the national currency as a result of modifications or the addition of advertising to the reproductions, or the distortion or mutilation thereof.

Country-specific details about the reproduction of banknotes and imitations:

  1. Imitations are permitted only for purposes of education, research, news reporting or judicial trial.
  2. The size of imitations must be either at least 200% or at most 50% of the respective banknote while maintaining that banknote's length-to-width ratio.
  3. Imitations shall be manufactured of a material clearly different and distinguishable from the material used for banknotes.

Reproduction in printed media:

Below are the guidelines for the reproduction of banknotes in printed media:

  • Reproductions must be less than 75% or more than 150% of the size of the original banknote and must maintain the banknote's length-to-width ratio.
  • The reproduction must show only one side of the banknote.
  • All negatives, plates, positives, digitised storage media, graphic files, magnetic media, optical storage devices and any other devices used in the making of the illustration that contain an image of the illustration or any part thereof must be destroyed and/or deleted or erased after their final use.

Reproduction in electronic media:

The image resolution shall not exceed 72 dpi. The word “SPECIMEN” shall be marked on either the obverse or the reverse of any part, excluding the portrait.

Refer to Section 3(c) of the Guidelines for the Reproduction of Bank of Korea Notes and Coins.