Reproduction and copyright of euro banknotes

The copyright on euro banknotes is owned by the European Central Bank (ECB). This implies, among other things, that the ECB sets the conditions under which reproductions of euro banknotes may be published. The general principle is that reproductions which might be confused with genuine euro notes are not allowed.

Two examples of permitted reproductions are:

  • One-sided reproductions of a genuine euro banknote, provided that the size of the reproduction is at least 125% of both the length and width or at most 75% of both the length and the width of the respective euro banknote.
  • Two-sided reproductions of a euro banknote as specified in Article 1, provided that the size of the reproduction is at least 200% of both the length and width or at most 50% of both the length and width of the respective euro banknote.

   
For the exact reproduction rules, see the Decision of the European Central Bank on euro banknotes. This Decision by the ECB is subject to change without notice. If in doubt, you may send a prior written request to the Nederlandsche Bank (DNB), for the attention of the Information Desk, or to the ECB, asking for confirmation that a specific type of reproduction is allowed.