Reproduction & counterfeiting

The reproduction of banknotes and coins denominated in euro or francs is strictly regulated. Non-compliance with the rules may result in the application of provisions regarding the counterfeiting of banknotes and coins. For reproduction and counterfeiting separate provisions apply depending also on whether banknotes or coins are involved. For any reproduction of banknotes and coins - whether denominated in euro or Luxembourg francs - which does not meet the conditions set for the reproduction of the euro or the Luxembourg franc a written request must be made to the address listed below.

Counterfeited banknotes are detected quickly during the systematic monitoring of banknotes paid in by financial institutions at the Banque centrale du Luxembourg and other central banks in the euro area.

Since the adoption by the Governing Council of the Decision of the European Central Bank of 16 September 2010 on the authenticity and fitness checking and recirculation of euro banknotes (ECB/2010/14), recirculation of banknotes is permitted provided that such banknotes have been checked for authenticity and quality. These checks are done through banknote sorting machines that have been tested by a euro area NCB, or by qualified personnel. Banknotes that have been checked by such machines can be recirculated through automatic teller machines or other customer operated machines. Banknotes which have been inspected by qualified personnel can only be provided for at the counters. Credit institutions and professional cash handlers, who may wish to recirculate banknotes through the use of automated machines must first inform the Banque centrale du Luxembourg in writing to the address listed below.

Banque centrale du Luxembourg
Département Caisse et numismatique
Section Contrôle de la circulation fiduciaire
2, boulevard Royal
L-2983 Luxembourg


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