New Issue: Switzerland unveils 10-franc note

Third banknote in latest series showcases Switzerland’s organizational talent

The Swiss National Bank (SNB) unveiled Switzerland’s new 10-franc banknote earlier this fall.

The note, which entered circulation on Oct. 18 and measures 70 mm by 123 mm, follows the 50-and 20-franc notes (which entered circulation in April 2016 and May 2017, respectively) as the third of six denominations in the new series. The current eighth-series banknotes will remain legal tender until further notice.


The inspiration behind the new banknote series is “the many facets of Switzerland,” according to a statement released by the bank. Each denomination depicts a “typically Swiss characteristic,” which is illustrated using a range of elements.

The 10-franc note focuses on Switzerland’s organizational talent as expressed in the key motif of time.

Core design elements in the new series include the hand and the globe, which appear on every denomination.

As with every note in the new series, core design elements include the hand and globe.


As with the banknotes currently in circulation, the ninth series consists of six denominations; the colour scheme, too, remains the same. Accordingly, the main colour of the new 10-franc note is yellow; however, the format has been modified—the new banknotes are smaller and thus easier to handle.

A combination of security features and design provides state-of-the-art anti-counterfeiting protection.

The next denomination, the 200-franc note, will be issued next fall. The last two denominations in the new series—the 1000- and 100-franc notes—will be issued in 2019.

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