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

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


Man paying with a bank card at the till

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

The Bundesbank issues coins and banknotes.
The Bundesbank does the following:


How money is printed at a printing works

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

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

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

Here you can see some banks.


Woman withdrawing cash from a cash machine

These banks pass banknotes on to businesses and people.
People take the banknotes out of cash machines.


Man shopping at a kiosk

The money can now be used by you and others.
At the news stand, for example.


A counterfeiter

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

This is not allowed.


Counterfeiter in an electronics store

Counterfeiters try to buy things with their counterfeit money.


Police officers, front

This is against the law.


Policeman holds up counterfeit money, counterfeiter arrested

The police arrest forgers and destroy forged money.

Illustrations: © Reinhild Kassing