Coins and banknotes Information about Bundes-Bank. In easy-to-read format.

Coins and banknotes ©Reinhild Kassing

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