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Enlargement of the microprint on a
200 D-Mark banknote (BBk-III series). The font size in the original is 0.25 mm
Examples of microscripts on a $
5 banknote

The microprinting is a printed or embossed font in a size with the font height of less than 0.3 millimeters high, which usually only with a magnifying glass can be perceived. It can only be produced with modern printing templates and printing techniques and is primarily used as a security feature for sensitive printing units, but also in electrical engineering for labeling small components. The purpose of micro-writing as a security feature is that counterfeit copies or color copies of corresponding originals containing micro-writing are only illegible or blurred.

Microtexts have been used for securities , banknotes and documents since the 1980s . There are also areas of application for postage stamps , coins ( Swiss francs , Romanian leu ) and personal documents ( German passport and identity card , Austrian driver's license ). The plastic strips in passports , for example in French and Turkish passports, are sometimes also printed with microscripts in order to guarantee further protection against forgery of the documents.

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Individual evidence

  1. Article on handelsblatt.com
  2. Cash ( Memento of the original from September 23, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.bundesbank.de archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. . Publication of the Deutsche Bundesbank , No. 7, accessed on September 10, 2012.
  3. ^ Österreichische Staatsdruckerei: The new driving license 2013