We make MONEY…prop money!

Nothing symbolises wealth more powerfully in a movie than a stack of money. Due to the nature of sets, using real money is too much of a liability so the industry relies heavily on prop money. There are numerous laws surrounding the reproduction of prop money that need to be followed– these rules can be found in the Bank of England guidelines. Below are some the regulations stipulated by the Bank of England Guidelines.

  • Reproductions must be one sided only.
  •  Reproductions must not be the same size as actual banknotes. They must be at least 25% smaller or at least 25% larger.
  •  Reproductions may not appear in an offensive or inappropriate context or in such a manner that the Bank, in its sole opinion, believes would undermine the integrity of the currency.
  • There should be no distortion to the Queen’s image (apart from an enlargement, reduction or slant).
  • Reproductions must be printed on a material clearly different and distinguishable from materials used to print current series Bank of England banknotes.
prop money, printing prop money, graphic props
3D hero money prop made by Acme Graphics.

These strict rules often require us to think of enterprising ways to create a prop that not only adheres to the rules but also creates an authentic aesthetic. Acme has produced realistic prop money for countless productions over the years.  This 3D hero prop was created not with individual notes but with large square prints mounted onto a cube to give the illusion of individual notes. We adjusted the graphics to create shadows and topped the cube with £20 notes that stipulate a large quantity of money. View more movie props here.

This vast quantity of notes was used to resurface a room for a rap video.
This vast quantity of notes was used to resurface a room for a rap video.

 

 

 

 

9 thoughts on “We make MONEY…prop money!

  1. Good afternoon,

    I am looking for 1920’s UK bank note and coins prop money. Im a events organiser and looking to stage a ‘Peaky Blinders’ themed room and looking for the notes and coins that were used in this era.

    Please can you let me know if this is something that you can replicate and if so how much it would be and time frame. The event is on Friday 26th October 2018 so looking for it before then please.

    Many Thanks

    1. Hi Kevin,

      We can definitely help you.

      Even money from the 1920’s has to follow the Bank of England rules, so the notes would need to be one sided and scaled 25% larger or smaller. Another option would be to create a make believe note that looks similar. I am afraid we don’t make prop coins.

      It would be great if you could send me an email so that we could discuss this further, my email is rachel@acmegraphics.co.uk.

      Thanks,

      Rachel

  2. I need wads of 1960s £5 to the value of £104,000 for an amateur production of Loot by Joe Orton. It would be nice if one wad could burst as it fell to the floor. How much would that cost?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


*