Navigation and service

Deutsche Bundesbank (Link to homepage)

Coins and banknotes

Information about Bundes-Bank.
In easy-to-read format.

Coins and banknotes [+]

Coins and banknotes are called cash.

Woman paying with cash at the cinema (© Reinhild Kassing) [+]

You often pay with cash.
At the cinema, for example.

Man paying with a bank card at the till (© Reinhild Kassing) [+]

Sometimes you also pay with your bank card.
At the supermarket, for example.

Where do coins and banknotes come from?

Bank building with Bundesbank sign (© Reinhild Kassing) [+]

The Bundesbank issues coins and banknotes.

The Bundesbank does the following:

How money is printed at a printing works (© Reinhild Kassing) [+]

It tells a printing works to print banknotes.

The printing works prints the banknotes.
Only the Bundesbank is allowed to say this.
No other bank is allowed to tell a printing works to print banknotes.

Cash transport vehicle with € symbol (© Reinhild Kassing) [+]

Then cash transport vehicles bring the banknotes to the Bundesbank’s buildings.
These buildings are also called branches.

Map of Germany with cash vehicles driving to the branches (© Reinhild Kassing) [+]

The Bundesbank has branches all over Germany.

The Bundesbank’s branches pass the banknotes and coins on to the banks.

This is how cash is distributed around the country.

Different bank buildings with cash transport vehicles outside (© Reinhild Kassing) [+]

Here you can see some banks.

Woman withdrawing cash from a cash machine (© Reinhild Kassing) [+]

These banks pass banknotes on to businesses and people.

People take the banknotes out of cash machines.

Man shopping at a kiosk (© Reinhild Kassing) [+]

The money can now be used by you and others.

At the news stand, for example.

A counterfeiter (© Reinhild Kassing) [+]

Sometimes people try to make their own banknotes and coins.

These people are called counterfeiters.

The money they have made is called counterfeit money.

Red cross through scene showing a counterfeiter (© Reinhild Kassing) [+]

This is not allowed.

Counterfeiter in an electronics store  (© Reinhild Kassing) [+]

Counterfeiters try to buy things with their counterfeit money.

Police officers, front (© Reinhild Kassing) [+]

This is against the law.

Policeman holds up counterfeit money, counterfeiter arrested (© Reinhild Kassing) [+]

The police arrest forgers and destroy forged money.

Illustrations: © Reinhild Kassing