Banknotes and coins

Banknotes and coins

Swiss banknotes are traditionally required to meet high standards of security, functionality and artistic design. The Swiss National Bank makes every effort to meet these requirements. The banknotes that are put into circulation are of high quality with regard to artistic design; their security features reinforce confidence in their function as a means of payment.

Under "Banknotes and coins", you will find comprehensive information on the Swiss banknotes and coins and on the tasks of the Swiss National Bank in the cash area. Various instruction sheets provide information on exchanging banknotes and coins, and other subjects.


The National Bank has the exclusive right to issue banknotes in Switzerland. It supplies the economy with banknotes that meet high standards with respect to quality and security. It is also charged by the Confederation with the task of coin distribution.

Security features

The main security features of the Swiss banknotes – such as the coloured, perforated and glittering numbers – are easy to find and to verify on all denominations.

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