U.S. laws strictly control reproduction of currency, checks, bonds, stamps and securities. Reproducing U.S. currency is permitted as long as it meets the guidelines established by U.S. law. However, if reproducing currency is done with the intent to pass it off as genuine, this is illegal under both state and federal law and the counterfeiter will be arrested and subjected to severe criminal penalties.
According to the Secret Service, which tracks counterfeiting in the U.S., color reproductions of paper currency are legal as long as they are one-sided and less than 75 percent or more than 150 percent of the original size. After the reproduction is complete, the things used to make it, such as photographs, computer files, photographic negatives and digital media, must be destroyed or erased.
Under current law, coins may be photographed, filmed or drawn for any purpose. In general, U.S. law forbids the creation of tokens, discs and other devices that resemble U.S. coins.
Other obligations, securities and foreign currencies may be reproduced in black and white, according to the Secret Service. The copies must be less than 75 percent or more than 150 percent the size of the originals. After the reproductions are created, photographic negatives, printing plates and other items containing their likeness must be destroyed.