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.

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MXN – Mexican Peso Mexico Spanish

Official bank or department:

Contact information:


Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público

Ana Laura Villanueva Vega
Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público
Palacio Nacional, Edificio 12, piso 4, Colonia Centro, Delegación Cuauhtémoc,
06000, Mexico City

Tel.: +52 553 688 1900

Legal framework

Low resolution banknote images

General information about the reproduction of banknotes:

The Banco de México is not responsible for authorising the reproduction of currency. In Mexico these matters are the responsibility of the Ministry of Finance (Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público).

The 17th article of the Mexican monetary law prohibits the imitation and total or partial reproduction of metallic coins and of banknotes, domestic and foreign, except in cases in which the Ministry of Finance has expressly authorised it, after consulting the Banco de México.

No law explicitly prohibits the reproduction of currency in offensive or violent contexts (e.g. as part of pornographic or violent material). However, permission has always been refused for this type of reproduction.

Reproduction in printed media:

A banknote may be reproduced if the reproductions are smaller than 75% or larger than 125% of the original banknote.

Partial and low resolution images are preferred, but if this is not the case, it does not constitute grounds for disapproval, as other aspects are also reviewed. Reproductions that, in the opinion of the central bank, constitute or promote counterfeiting, or that may be confused with a legally issued banknote, are not authorised.

Applicants are usually asked to ensure that the size of the reproductions differs by at least 25% with respect to the size of the real banknotes.

Reproduction in electronic media:

Low resolution images are preferred, but there are no specific limitations.