Using Bank Note Images

Reproduction means copying, replicating, imitating and designing any part or whole of the visual image, contents or appearance of currency notes. Reproduction could be done through illustrations, paintings, photographs, pictures, electronic images, print or electronic media, internet, television and films.

The following is an excerpt of the Monetary Law Act No 58 of 1949.

Section 58: Any person who, without the authority of the Monetary Board:

1. Cuts, perforates or in any other way whatsoever mutilates any currency note;

2. Prints, stamps or draws anything upon any currency note or affixes any seal or stamp to or upon any currency note;

3. Attaches or affixes to or upon any currency note anything in the nature or form of an advertisement; or

4. Reproduces in any form whatsoever, or makes a facsimile of any currency note; 

shall be guilty of an offence.

The following guidelines provides the procedures for obtaining the permission of the Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) and the guidelines that must be adhered to when reproducing with permission.

Conditions on Reproduction

1. Permitted purposes are educational, research, news reporting, judicial trial, archival,tourist information, numismatic and commercial purposes.

2. The reproduced note shall not be the same size as the actual currency note. If it is to be smaller, it shall be less than two-thirds of the note. If it is to be larger, it shall be at least one and a half times the original size of the actual note. Any reproduction of a part of a note shall meet the same conditions.

3. The reproduction shall not be made on water mark paper or other paper substrates. This is to avoid giving the impression that the reproduced note is a genuine note.

4. The reproduction shall include the word “SPECIMEN” which shall be visibly printed on the note in bold lettering.

5. The reproduced notes shall include the words “The reproduction is approved by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka”.

6. The reproduction shall be only of one side of the note. The note shall not be printed on both sides of the substrate concurrently to resemble a note.

7. The reproduction shall not distort the shape, colour, design, and emblem of currency notes in any manner.

8. The permission shall be effective only for the specific period requested not exceeding one year and for a specific purpose. Renewals of the permission may be considered.

9. Once approval has been granted, the relevant applicant making reproduction must ensure that all items/equipment used to scan, photocopy and make images are stored securely and not misused or used for purposes other than for which permission has been granted.

10. Negatives, photographs, blocks, plates, compact disks, films, microfilms, videotapes, slides or any other material used to reproduce or store the reproduction of currency notes must be destroyed, deleted or erased within 14 days of expiry of the period of permission granted by the CBSL. A statement referring to this action should be sent to the Superintendent of Currency of CBSL with a copy to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Police for their record.

Approval Procedure

1. Any person who wishes to reproduce any Sri Lanka currency note is required to submit an application to the Superintendent of Currency of theCentral Bank of Sri Lanka at least before 30 days of the proposed date of reproduction.

2. After obtaining approval and after the reproduction has been carried out, proof of approved reproductions should be submitted by the applicant to the Superintendent of Currency for final clearance.

3. Correspondence about reproduction of currency notes should be addressed to:

                    Superintendent of Currency
                    Currency Department
                    Central Bank of Sri Lanka
                    30, Janadhipathi Mawatha,
                    Colombo 01.