Banknotes and coins

Announcement regarding recall of banknotes from eighth series

The issuance of the ninth banknote series was concluded on 12 September 2019 with the release of the 100-franc note. The Swiss National Bank intends to communicate the statutory recall of the banknotes from the eighth series two months in advance in the first half of 2021.

Notes from the eighth series will remain legal tender until they are recalled and may continue to be used or exchanged without restriction.

After their recall by the SNB, the banknotes lose their status as legal tender. The notes from the eighth and sixth series can, for an unlimited period of time, be exchanged in person at the SNB counters in Berne and Zurich or at an SNB agency, or be sent to the SNB by post. Further information is available in the Instruction sheet for exchanging recalled banknotes.

Mandate

The Swiss 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.

Requirements

Swiss banknotes are traditionally required to meet high standards of security, functionality and design. The Swiss National Bank wants to ensure that the new series also meets these requirements.

Security features

It is simple to check if banknotes are genuine thanks to easy-to-find security features on all denominations. This applies both to the current and the new banknote series.

Useful information

Find out which banknotes have been recalled but can still be exchanged, under which conditions the Swiss National Bank replaces damaged banknotes or coins and what has to be observed regarding the reproduction of banknotes. A list of all related instruction sheets can be found here.