Use of euro banknote images
If images of euro banknotes, featured in advertisements or illustrations, are such that they cannot be mistaken for genuine banknotes, they can be used without prior authorisation from the European Central Bank (ECB). The images must be in line with the requirements laid down in Article 2 of Decision ECB/2013/10.
To download zipped files containing low-resolution (72 dpi) images of euro banknotes from the first series and the Europa series, click here.
Reproducing high-resolution banknote images
If you wish to reproduce high-quality images of euro banknotes and have a legitimate professional interest in doing so, please email [email protected], indicating why you need these images, providing:
- your name and surname, contact details;
- details of your business activities;
- your company’s website address;
- information on how the image(s) will be used.
Having received your email, the ECB will ask you to complete and submit a confidentiality declaration, signed by an authorised representative of your company. Unless you specifically indicate the exact image you need, the ECB will provide you with the images of the most recently issued or unveiled euro banknote from the Europa series (300 dpi; TIFF format, marked ‘SPECIMEN’). These images do not trigger the Banknote Counterfeit Deterrence System. Having received a duly completed and signed confidentiality declaration, the ECB will aim to meet your request within 5 working days.
Banknote Counterfeit Deterrence System
Digital imaging hardware and software is increasingly used by counterfeiters. In response, the Central Bank Counterfeit Deterrence Group – an international group of more than 30 central banks which was set up at the request of the G10 central bank governors – has developed a Counterfeit Deterrence System (CDS), which prevents capturing or reproducing the images of protected banknotes. The system has been voluntarily adopted by hardware and software producers.