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HMRC internal manual

Customs Intellectual Property Rights Guidance

Counterfeit currency, protected coins, printing plates and dies: Articles not prohibited

There is no prohibition on the following:

  • items that reproduce currency notes in such a way that they are not reasonably capable of being passed off as genuine. For example totally the wrong scale or printed on material or in a format that could not be mistaken for a currency note; and
  • any Imitation of any coin that is not protected by the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981; protected coins are those that are customarily used as money in any country or specified in an order made by the Treasury for the purposes of the act.