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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NZD – New Zealand dollar New Zealand English

Official bank or department:

Contact information:


Reserve Bank of New Zealand

Reserve Bank of New Zealand
2 The Terrace
PO Box 2498
Wellington 6140
New Zealand

Telephone: +64 4 472 2029
Fax: +64 4 473 8554


General information about New Zealand's banknotes

General information about security features

General information about reproducing New Zealand's banknotes

General information about the Reserve Bank of New Zealand's reproduction guidelines for printed and electronic media

General information about the reproduction of banknotes:

Under Section 25 of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Act 1989, the Reserve Bank is the sole authority permitted to issue currency for New Zealand. Section 29 sets out the penalties for making or issuing any bank note or coin other than a banknote or coin issued under this Act. The penalties include: (a) in the case of an individual, imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years or a fine not exceeding $100,000; (b) in the case of a body corporate, a fine not exceeding $300,000.

See Issuing or reproducing New Zealand currency for more information.


Reproduction in printed media:

See General Information

Reproduction in electronic media:

Same General Information