Reproducing euro banknotes: the rules

The ECB sets the conditions for reproducing euro banknotes, as it holds the copyright.

Prohibited reproductions

All reproductions that may cause confusion because they resemble real euro notes too much are prohibited. This means it is not allowed to copy banknotes one to one.

A large banner showing the €10 banknote. This is allowed according to our rules.

Reproductions allowed by DNB

Our prior permission is not needed if reproductions in advertising or illustrations cannot be confused with real euro notes.

These are examples of permitted reproductions:

  • Reproductions that are printed only on one side and that deviate from the original dimensions, because their length and width are at least 125% the size of the original or no more than 75% of the original note.
  • Reproductions that are printed on both sides and that deviate strongly from the original dimensions, because their length and width are at least 200% the size of the original or no more than 50% of the original note.

When in doubt, ask DNB or the ECB whether a specific reproduction is allowed.

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