Providing banknote expertise to central banks
The Banque de France offers central bank clients its expertise in banknotes: it provides training in banknote authentication, banknote production processes and counterfeit analysis.
The Banque de France's Counterfeit Research Centre (CRC) is an internationally recognised reference in the field. It provides expertise in all areas relating to the fight against counterfeiting, from the analysis of forged banknotes to the performance of counterfeit resistance tests.
Our teams have extensive experience in the graphic arts industry, and are proficient in both traditional and digital reproduction processes. They have a six-month to two-year head-start on real-world counterfeiters, enabling them to identify the latest counterfeiting techniques. Thanks to continuous market monitoring and experimentation with new materials and equipment, they are able to produce fakes at amateur, semi-professional and professional levels.
Our teams provide cross-checking analyses in the following areas:
They provide assistance in setting up counterfeit analysis laboratories, including training in the identification of printing processes and help with technical classification methodologies.
They also offer their expertise in the identification of counterfeit products, helping to train police forces, and monitoring the activity of counterfeiters on the darknet and social media.
Set up more than 30 years ago, the Banque de France's Counterfeit Research Centre covers all activities relating to counterfeit banknotes
With more than 20 years' experience in the production of banknotes for the Eurosystem and for clients facing challenging circulation conditions, the Banque de France uses the most up-to-date procedures in banknote production, authentication and quality control.
The Banque de France assists you at each step of your product development, from the selection of materials to proof of concept. It provides expertise in currency design and issuance, thanks to its advanced analysis laboratory and pilot facilities.
The Banque de France's assistance includes:
The Banque de France has over 45 machines dedicated to specific paper and banknote tests
The Banque de France has the only pilot banknote paper machine in Europe
The Banque de France carries out 300 analyses a year for clients in the fields of authentication and quality control