Switzerland

Switzerland's new franc series to be printed on Durasafe substrate

According to a press release dated 1 May 2014, Fortress Paper announced that its Landqart mill's Durasafe banknote paper (an innovative new composite paper-polymer-paper banknote substrate) has been confirmed as the substrate of the ninth series of the Swiss franc by the Swiss National Bank. Production problems have caused the delay in the introduction of this new series, which is now scheduled for 2015 at the earliest.

Courtesy of Renzo Zbinden.

Switzerland new sig/date (2012) 20-franc note confirmed

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20 francs, (20)12. Like P69, but new date and signatures (Jean Studer and Fritz Zurbrügg).

Courtesy of Manfred Wolfensberger.

South Korea banknote printer seeking more overseas contracts

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According to an article in Korea Times dated 24 June 2014, Korea Minting, Security Printing & ID Card Operating Corp. (KOMSCO) has seen its production volume halved over the past five years, and hopes to utilize excess capacity by obtaining contracts to print banknotes for other countries. Countries for which KOMSCO has produced or is producing "currencies" (may include coins, not just banknotes) include China, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Libya, Peru, Switzerland, Thailand, and Vietnam. Last year KOMSCO won an order from Peru to produce 305 million 50-nuevo sole notes, with delivery to be completed by the end of June 2014.

Switzerland new sig/date (2012) 1,000-franc note confirmed

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1,000 francs, (20)12. Like P74, but new date and signature.

Courtesy of Manfred Wolfensberger.

Switzerland new sig/date (2010) 200-franc note confirmed

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200 francs, (20)10. Like P73, but new date and signatures (Hansueli Raggenbass and Thomas Jordan).

Courtesy of Manfred Wolfensberger.

Switzerland new sig/date (2012) 50-franc notes confirmed

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50 francs, (20)12. Like P71, but new date and signatures (Jean Studer and Fritz Zurbrügg).

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50 francs, (20)12. Like P71, but new date and signatures (Jean Studer and Jean-Pierre Danthine).

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50 francs, (20)12. Like P71, but new date and signatures (Jean Studer and Thomas Jordan).

Courtesy of Manfred Wolfensberger.

Switzerland new sig/date (2010) 10-franc note confirmed

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10 francs, (20)10. Like P67, but new date and new signatures (Hansueli Raggenbass and Philipp Hildebrand).

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Switzerland new sig/date (2012) 10-franc note confirmed

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10 francs, (20)10. Like P67c, but new date and signatures (Raggenbass/Danthine).

Courtesy of Manfred Wolfensberger.

Switzerland delays new notes until 2015

According to a press release dated 13 December 2012, the introduction of the new Swiss 50-franc note has been delayed until 2015 at the earliest due to technical difficulties encountered in the note's production on Durasafe substrate.

Courtesy of Christoph Zellweger.

Switzerland new signature varieties expected

According to a press release dated 18 April 2012, Thomas Jordan has been appointed to be the new chairman of the governing board of the Swiss National Bank. This move, along with other staff changes, means new signature combinations are likely on Swiss notes.

Courtesy of Christof Zellweger.

Switzerland delays introduction of new notes until 2013

According to a press release dated 9 February 2012, the Swiss National Bank has delayed the introduction of its new banknote series “for at least one year.” The new series was expected to be issued “towards the end of 2012,” but “unexpected technical problems were encountered.” The 50-franc note was to be the first denomination issued in the new series, and this note is expected to be printed on Landqart’s Durasafe hybrid substrate. No word yet on whether the innovative substrate contributed to the technical problems in production.

Courtesy of Christof Zellweger.

Switzerland new sig/date (2010) 50-franc note confirmed


50 francs (US$53), (20)10. Like P71, but new date and signatures (Hansueli Raggenbass and Jean-Pierre Danthine).

Courttesy of Manfred Wolfensberger.

Switzerland new sig/date (2010) 50-franc note confirmed


50 francs (US$57), (20)10. Like P71, but new date and new signatures (Hansueli Raggenbass and Jordan).

Courtesy of Manfred Wolfensberger.

Great article on Landqart, a Swiss banknote paper producer

Check out this BBC article dated 21 September 2011, discussing the details of Landqart AG, a Swiss firm which produces security paper for the banknote industry. The article contains a lot of fascinating details and has several embedded videos, too. Be sure to check out the Related Stories links at the bottom of the web page.

Swizterland new sig/date (2008) 10-franc varieties confirmed


10 francs (US$11.35), (20)08. Like P67, but new date and member signatures (Roth and Jordan).

Courtesy of Christof Zellweger.

Swizterland new sig/date (2008) 20-franc varieties confirmed


20 francs (US$22.70), (20)08. Like P69, but new date and member signatures (Jordan and Hildebrand).

Courtesy of Christof Zellweger.

Switzerland new date (2007) 100-franc note confirmed


100 francs (US$95). (20)07. Like P72, but new date and new signatures (77).

Courtesy of Christof Zellweger.

Switzerland new date (2006) 50-franc note confirmed


50 francs (US$45.10), (20)06. Like P71, but new date and signature 76 (Raggenbass and Blattner).

Courtesy of Christof Zellweger.

Switzerland postpones new notes until 2012

According to a press release dated 17 February 2010, the Swiss National Bank has decided to postpone the issuance of its new banknote series:

“Intensive efforts are underway at the Swiss National Bank (SNB) on the preparatory work for its new banknote series. The project activities have revealed that additional development work will bring improvements as regards those technological security features which are being used for the first time. However, this will take time, and as a result the project will need to be rescheduled.

“The SNB still intends to replace existing banknotes with a new series. Given the high security standard of the banknote series currently in circulation, however, there is no urgent need for replacement. To allow time for the additional development processes, the SNB is postponing the issue date of the new banknote series, which had originally been scheduled for autumn 2010. The SNB expects that the first note of the new series can be issued in 2012.

“As mentioned in previous announcements, the new banknote series depicts Switzerland as a meeting place and platform for organisation, creativity, adventure, humanity, progress and dialogue. The current denominations of CHF 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 1,000 and the familiar colours of the individual denominations will remain unchanged, although the new notes will be slightly smaller than the current series. As well as improving their overall proportions, this will ensure that they are even better able to meet current and future demands on payment instruments.”

Courtesy of David Liu and Christof Zellweger.

Switzerland new date (2006) 200-franc note confirmed


200 francs (US$177). Like P73, but new date (2006) and new signatures (presumably Dr. Hansueli Raggenbass and Dr. Jean-Pierre Roth).

Courtesy of Christof Zellweger.

Switzerland new date (2005) 20-franc note confirmed


20 franken (US$16.90), 2005. Like Pick 69, but new date.

Courtesy of Michael Reissner.

Switzerland new date (2006) 10-franc note confirmed


10 franken (US$8.45), 2006. Like Pick 66, but new date.

Courtesy of Michael Reissner.

Switzerland new date (2004) 100-franc note confirmed


100 franken (US$85), 2004. Like Pick 72, but new date.

Courtesy of Christof Zellweger.

Switzerland settles on designer of new notes for 2008


According to a February 26, 2007, press release, the Swiss National Bank is preparing a new family of banknotes designed by Zurich-based graphic artist Manuela Pfrunder, who placed second in the SNB’s design competition in November 2005.

Pfrunder’s original designs for the six denominations (the 10 Swiss franc is shown above) will require extensive reworking, both artistically and technically, before production begins in mid-2008.

Courtesy of Swiss National Bank.

Switzerland new signature (2004) 50-franc note confirmed


Like previously-reported 50 franken dated (20)04, but with new signature for Un membre de la Direction générale.

Courtesy of Menelaos Stamatelos, Southeastern Numismatics.