Prague - A total of 756 counterfeit and altered banknotes and coins of various currencies were seized in the Czech Republic in the first quarter of this year, up by 9 percent from 692 in the same period a year ago, the Czech National Bank (CNB) said today.
V České republice bylo loni zadrženo 3130 kusů padělaných a pozměněných bankovek a mincí všech měn, což je meziroční pokles o téměř třetinu. Nejčastěji byly padělané české bankovky a mince, meziročně ovšem jejich počet klesl o 1541 na 2045 kusů. Novinářům to 5. března v Praze oznámil člen bankovní rady České národní banky (ČNB) Lubomír Lízal. ČTK Šimánek Vít
Czech banknotes and coins were the most frequently forged currency, their number rising to 561 from 494 on the year.
The number of forged banknotes and coins in dollars grew from 10 to 53, while in euros the number fell from 160 to 138.
Besides counterfeits, the central bank also seized 2,559 currency imitations in Q1, compared with 163 in Q1 2013. Unlike counterfeits, imitations are produced for other purposes than being put into circulation. They includes film props, teaching aids and advertising items.
In 2013, a total of 3.130 pieces of counterfeit and altered banknotes and coins of all currencies were seized, down by almost one third year-on-year. Most of them were Czech banknotes and coins, though their number fell by 1,541 to 2,045 pieces.
At the end of 2013, nearly 2.25 billion banknotes and coins were in circulation in the Czech Republic, an annual rise of more than 3 percent.
The value of the money in circulation rose from Kc421bn in 2012 to Kc440bn in 2013. The data do not include commemorative coins.
No. of counterfeit and altered banknotes and coins in 2000 - 2013: