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Banknotes: Information for download

Films

A series of films introduce you to the various design elements and security features of the new notes as well as the production process. An overview of all films can be found on the SNB’s YouTube channel (www.youtube.com).

For a quick summary:

The new 50-franc note (teaser)
The new banknotes – security features at a glance
TV advert

For a more detailed picture:

The new banknotes – substrate
The new banknotes – printing process
The new banknotes – journey to the public and back
The new banknotes – production and circulation
The new banknotes – design and security features
News conference of the Swiss National Bank of 6 April 2016

Versions with subtitles:

German, with German subtitles

The new banknotes – security features at a glance
The new banknotes – substrate
The new banknotes – printing process
The new banknotes – journey to the public and back
The new banknotes – production and circulation
The new banknotes – design and security features

French, with French subtitles

The new banknotes – security features at a glance
The new banknotes – substrate
The new banknotes – printing process
The new banknotes – journey to the public and back
The new banknotes – production and circulation
The new banknotes – design and security features

50-franc app

Discover the new note with the SNB 50-franc app.

Licensing and use agreement
PDF (70 kB)

Brochures

Click below to download information relating to the new 50-franc note.

Banknote brochure
PDF (6808 kB) 
Flyer for the visually impaired
PDF (1031 kB) 
Booklet
PDF (4155 kB) 

Images

Click below to download the various images from the production process of the new notes.

Images: SNB

Bundles of notes (front view)
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Bundles of notes (front and back view)
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Bundles of vacuum-packed notes (front view)
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Bundles of vacuum-packed notes (back view)
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Manuela Pfrunder’s studio
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Graphic designer hard at work
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The 50-franc note
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Draft designs for the grid patterns and globe
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Designer Manuela Pfrunder
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Designer Manuela Pfrunder
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Designer Manuela Pfrunder
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Security thread prior to integration into the substrate
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Integrating the polymer into the three-layer banknote substrate
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Aligning the substrate
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Substrate seen against the light
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Special machine for the Durasafe three-layer substrate
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Automated checking of print quality
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Inside the varnishing unit
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Feeding the sheets into the varnishing unit
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Sheet stacking machine on the varnishing unit
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Finished 50-franc notes
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Cutting the sheets
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Cutting the 50-franc notes into bundles
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Preparing the sheets for cutting
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Application of the security strip
JPG (778 kB)
Unspooling the security strip
JPG (676 kB)
Feeding in the security strip prior to application
JPG (615 kB)
Adding ink for the intaglio printing process
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Intaglio printing plate in operation
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Template and ink cylinders in the open printing press
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Putting the finishing touches to the printing plate
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Feeding a sheet into the numbering press
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Detail of the numbering stamp
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Numbering stamps on the print cylinder
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Automated checking of serial numbers
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Sheet in the offset printing press
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Open offset printing press
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Detail of plate cylinder in the offset press
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Inside the print cylinder
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Silkscreen print cylinder
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Operator console on the silkscreen printing unit
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Test print of the globe on blank substrate
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Ink vat and mixer
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Detail on outside of the print cylinder
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Inside the print cylinder
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Preparing the bundles of notes for final inspection
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Bundling of freshly printed 50-franc notes
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Note packets leaving the checking unit
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Finished printed sheets; back of the 50-franc note
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50-franc notes being withdrawn from an ATM
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Visual inspection of freshly printed 50-franc notes
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Inspection of a freshly printed 50-franc note under a magnifying glass
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Loading note packets into a crate
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Freshly printed note packets in a crate
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Storage facility
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Transferring crates to storage
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Note packet being removed from a crate
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