Did you know that the Swiss 50-Franc note won the prestigious “Bank Note of the Year Award”, right after its inauguration? It was the first out of the current six CHF banknotes that were put into circulation in April 2016.
The current Swiss Franc note design is the 9th design series of banknotes in Switzerland. The design was a revolution as it departed from the usual depiction of well-known personalities and showcased certain character traits of Switzerland.
At the same time, the 9th series of Swiss Francs incorporates the latest technological security standards making it one of the most tamper-proof banknotes in the world. It took 11 years from the first design competition in 2005 until people could pay with the new banknotes in 2016. The leading graphic designer behind the banknotes was Manuela Pfrunder.
Today, we want to decipher what exactly you can see on the Swiss Franc notes. After reading this, you might begin to see your money with a fresh pair of eyes – and maybe even value it differently.