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Reproduction rules

The reproduction of euro coins is not permitted.

Copyright on the design of the common sides of the euro coins belongs to the European Union represented by the European Commission. The Commission has assigned each euro area Member State all the Community rights as regards their territory. 

Reproduction of all or part of the common face design of the euro coins is authorised without recourse to a specific procedure in the following cases: 

  • for photographs, drawings, paintings, films, images, and generally reproductions in flat format (without relief) provided that they are in faithful likeness and are used in ways which do not damage or detract from the image of the euro;
  • for reproduction with relief on objects other than coins, medals and tokens or any other objects which might be confused with coins; 
  • for reproduction on tokens made in soft materials or made in plastic provided the size is at least 50% greater or smaller than the real coins. 

Furthermore, reproduction on medals and tokens made in metal or on any other object made in metal which might be confused with coins is not authorised, as specified in Council Regulation (EC) No 2182/2004 of 6 December 2004, as amended by Council Regulation (EC) No 46/2009 of 18 December 2008.

Any other reproduction of all or part of the common face design of the euro coins has to be expressly authorised by the Portuguese Mint and Official Printing Office (Portuguese acronym: INCM).