Vietnam bans dong-like votive papers

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Vietnam plans to take action against those who print votive papers that resemble Vietnamese currency too exactly.


The State Bank of Vietnam asked the Ministry of Information and Communication to order local Departments of Information and Communication not to allow businesses to print votive papers with the exact images or patterns, or parts of the partterns, printed on Vietnamese notes.


Votive papers that resemble the bank's notes are popular around the country and are burned as offerings to dead loved ones. 

Printing such papers violates a directive on protecting local currencty issued by the Prime Minister in 2003, the central lender said.

According to the bank, votive papers using images from the Vietnamese notes can be mistaken for low-quality bills.


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