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All SNB banknote series

Banknotes in circulation

Ninth banknote series (2016)

These banknotes will enter circulation in a phased process, starting in 2016. The 50-franc note was issued first, on 12 April 2016. It is legal tender.

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Manuela Pfrunder’s notes. A new take on a Swiss original.

Eighth banknote series (1995)

These banknotes were put into circulation between 1995 and 1998 and remain legal tender until further notice.

Jörg Zintzmeyer’s notes. The interplay of security and design.

Reserve series (1984–1995)

Seventh banknote series (1984)

Roger and Elisabeth Pfund’s notes were never put into circulation and were duly destroyed.

Recalled, but still exchangeable banknotes

These banknotes were recalled as of 1 May 2000 and are thus no longer legal tender. They can still be exchanged at the Swiss National Bank, however, at full face value for 20 years from the date of recall, i.e. until 30 April 2020.

Instruction sheet for exchanging recalled banknotes
PDF (127 kB)

Sixth banknote series (1976)

Ernst and Ursula Hiestand’s notes. The ‘Borromini’ era.

Withdrawn and invalid banknotes

Withdrawn and invalid banknotes are no longer legal tender. They may, however, have some collector’s value. The price depends on supply and demand and on what state the notes are in. In contrast to numismatists, antique dealers and commercial banks with a numismatics department, the Swiss National Bank does not deal in withdrawn and invalid banknotes.

Fifth banknote series (1956)

Pierre Gauchat and Hermann Eidenbenz’s notes. The ‘Saint Martin’ and the ‘Thistle’.

Fourth banknote series (1938)

Hans Erni and Viktor Surbeck’s notes. These banknotes were never issued.

Third banknote series (1918)

Orell Füssli’s notes. This series was only partially issued.

Second banknote series (1911)

Ferdinand Hodler and Eugène Burnand’s notes. The ‘woodcutter’ and the ‘mower’: money as art.

First banknote series (1907)

Interim banknotes. Banknotes become the exclusive preserve of the SNB.