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New banknotes project

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Press release of 12 April 2016: Swiss National Bank releases banknote app
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News conference of the Swiss National Bank of 6 April 2016
Press release of 6 April 2016: Swiss National Bank launches new banknote series
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Introductory remarks by Thomas Jordan, news conference on new banknotes, 6 April 2016
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Introductory remarks by Fritz Zurbrügg, news conference on new banknotes, 6 April 2016
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Introductory remarks by Andréa Maechler, news conference on new banknotes, 6 April 2016
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Introductory remarks by Manuela Pfrunder, news conference on new banknotes, 6 April 2016
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Introductory remarks by Fritz Zurbrügg, Vice Chairman of the Governing Board of the Swiss National Bank, 10 December 2015: News conference on 6 April, issuance of the new 50-franc note on 12 April 2016
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Press release of 14 August 2015: New Swiss banknotes to be issued from April 2016
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Introductory remarks by Jean-Pierre Danthine, Vice Chairman of the Governing Board of the Swiss National Bank, 12 December 2013
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Introductory remarks by Jean-Pierre Danthine, Vice Chairman of the Governing Board of the Swiss National Bank, 13 December 2012: Issuance of the new banknote series in 2015 at the earliest
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Press release of 9 February 2012: Issue of new banknote series delayed
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Press release of 17 February 2010: New banknote series – Swiss National Bank postpones issue date
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Introductory remarks by Philipp Hildebrand, Vice Chairman of the Governing Board of the Swiss National Bank, 11 December 2008
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Press release of 26 February 2007: Preparation of new banknote series for Switzerland
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Competition for artistic design of new banknote series

As part of the planning process for the development of a new banknote series, a competition for the artistic design of the new banknote series was launched at the beginning of 2005. Twelve artists were invited to present their designs for all six denominations on the theme 'Switzerland open to the world'. The jury met in November 2005 to evaluate the submissions and to decide on the winning designs. These were presented at a news conference in Berne on 23 November 2005. You can view them by clicking on the names of the individual designers.

Press release of 23 November 2005: Swiss National Bank presents banknote designs
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Speech given by Niklaus Blattner, Vice Chairman of the Governing Board of the Swiss National Bank, 23 November 2005: Introductory remarks
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Speech given by Jean-Christophe Ammann, Chairman of Jury, 23 November 2005: Remarks on tasks of jury and on results
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Speech given by Roland Tornare, Head of Cash, Swiss National Bank, 23 November 2005: Remarks on further procedure
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Competition results

Manuela Pfrunder was commissioned to design the new series of banknotes.

1st prize: Krebs Manuel, Zurich 
2nd prize: Pfrunder Manuela, Zurich 
2nd prize (ex aequo): Woodtli Martin, Zurich 

Additional participants:
Ackermann Davide, Lugano 
Baldinger André, Paris 
Galizinski Markus, Zurich 
Grüninger Hans, Zurich 
Lehmann Aude, Zurich
Netthoevel Andréas, Bienne 
Oberholzer Sabina, Cevio 
Renner Michael, Basel 

Unfortunately, one of the participants had to withdraw from the competition.

Initial situation

Press releases of 2 February 2005: National Bank prepares new banknote series
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Speech given by Niklaus Blattner, Vice Chairman of the Governing Board of the Swiss National Bank, 2 February 2005: New banknotes project
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Speech given by Roland Tornare, Director, Head of Cash, Swiss National Bank, 2 February 2005: Technical aspects of a new banknote series
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