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Contact information

Payment Media Protection Division

Leagal and Payment Systems Oversight Division

Na Příkopě 28
115 03 Prague 1
Czech Republic

Phone: +420 22 441 1111 (switchboard)
Phone: +420 22 441 2341 (Mr Ambroz),
Fax:+420 22 441 33351 (secretariat)

General information about the reproduction of banknotes

The Czech National Bank holds only the reproduction rights and not the copyright. Banknote reproductions shall comply with the criteria specified in Decree No. 274/2011 Coll. (see link for legal framework I).

For further details, please contact the Czech National Bank directly. 

Reproduction in printed media

A tangible reproduction of a domestic or foreign banknote or an object imitating a

domestic or foreign banknote (hereinafter referred to as an “imitation”) may be made if

  • it is single-sided and its length, while maintaining the ratio of the sides, is at most 75% of the length or at least 125% of the length of the reproduced or imitated banknote,
  • it is double-sided and its length, while maintaining the ratio of the sides, is at most 50% of the length or at least 200% of the length of the reproduced or imitated banknote,
  • it is single-sided and the longer and shorter sides form an angle of less than 70 degrees or more than 110 degrees, or it is made from a material that is unmistakable for the material from which the reproduced or imitated banknote is made. In the case of a banknote, unmistakable material shall mean a material other than paper or plastic.

A tangible reproduction or imitation of parts of a domestic or foreign banknote may be made if it is single-sided and does not exceed 33% of the area of the banknote in such a way that a whole reproduced or imitated banknote cannot be assembled from the individual parts in contravention of the terms and conditions laid down in paragraph above.

A tangible reproduction of an individual graphic element of a domestic or foreign banknote may be made provided that such graphic element is not displayed on a background resembling the banknote on which it features.

Reproduction in electronic media

An intangible reproduction or intangible imitation of a domestic or foreign banknote may be made if, while maintaining the size of the banknote, it has a maximum resolution of 72 dots per inch (dpi) and is labelled diagonally, in a layer inseparable from the image of the banknote, with the word “Specimen” executed in an opaque colour which is at least 75% of the longer side of the banknote in length and at least 15% of the shorter side of the banknote in height or with another word of the same dimensions with a similar meaning,

Intangible source materials designed and used solely for the production of tangible reproductions of banknotes or imitations of banknotes under the terms and conditions laid down in Decree No. 274/2011 Coll. (see Reproduction in printed media above) shall not be deemed an intangible reproduction or an intangible imitation.