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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THB – Thai Baht Thailand Thai

Official bank or department:

Contact information:

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Bank of Thailand

Director
Banknote Strategic Planning Department
Banknote Management Group
Bank of Thailand
18 Moo 2 Boromarajajonani Road
Nakhon Chai Si, Nakhon Pathom, 73120
THAILAND

Phone: +66 2 356 8107
Fax: +66 2 356 8118
E-mail: IR&PR@bot.or.th

Legal protection of Thai banknotes

Penalties against counterfeiting

Series of Thai banknotes

General information about the reproduction of banknotes:

In Thailand, the Bank of Thailand (BOT) has the sole right to design, produce, issue, circulate and manage Thai banknotes. The reproduction of Thai banknotes is protected by the Copyright Act B.E. 2537.

Anyone who wishes to reproduce images of banknotes for any purpose (informational, educational, advertising, numismatic, etc.) must obtain prior permission from the BOT. Reproduction requests must include a statement of purpose, as well as an example/sketch/drawing of the material featuring the image of the banknote, and must be submitted to the address and email above.

 

Reproduction in printed media:

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

  • the image shall comprise only part of a genuine banknote; or
  • the image shall be depicted at an angle, i.e. not flat to the camera or naked eye, and the image shall be in black and white;
  • if the image is in colour or flat to the camera or naked eye, the dimensions of the image shall be distinctly smaller or larger than those of the genuine banknote;
  • the image shall not be depicted in a manner that is deemed offensive to either Thailand’s esteemed monarch or the BOT.

Reproduction in electronic media:

  • the image resolution shall not exceed 72 dpi;
  • the word “SPECIMEN” shall be printed diagonally across the reproduction in a different colour, but it shall not cover any part of the portrait;
  • the image shall not be depicted in a manner that is deemed offensive to either Thailand’s esteemed monarch or the BOT.