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January 31, 2023

Isarescu: Romanian banknotes, almost impossible to forge

There are very few forged Romanian banknotes, but some rudimentarily forged money was in circulation, because the public is insufficiently informed, the governor of the National Bank of Romania (BNR), Mugur Isarescu said in a symposium that celebrated 130 years since the printing of the first bill issued by BNR, Money.ro reports. Isarescu mentioned that Romanian banknotes have a polymer substratum that makes them almost forge-proof, and fakes can be easily identified, simply by touching them. “A percentage of 2 pc of the banknotes checked by BNR were attempted to be printed on plastic material,” the BNR governor added.

According to the head of the Central Bank, although in the world of money makers it is said that no banknote is 100 pc protected against forging, starting with a certain level safety elements make this impossible.

The number of forgery incidents in Romania is very small, compared to the euro-zone, and the discouraging element is the special polymer substratum, plus the transparent window, impossible to achieve in a paper bill.

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