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Reproduction of banknotes

The reproduction and imitation of banknotes is prohibited in Switzerland according to art. 243 of the Penal Code if there is a danger of the reproduction being confused with genuine banknotes. The sole responsibility for interpreting and applying this provision of law is vested in the cantonal criminal prosecution authorities, and the Swiss National Bank therefore has no right of disposition in this respect. In the interests of legal security and equal treatment, the Swiss National Bank has listed – by way of example – in the "Instruction sheet concerning the reproduction of banknotes" those reproductions that it does not consider likely to be confused with real banknotes and to which, therefore, the provisions of criminal law do not apply.

Instruction sheet concerning the reproduction of banknotes
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