Banknotes and coins

News

The ninth banknote series was launched in April 2016 to gradually replace the eighth series. The final denomination, the 100-franc note, was issued on 12 September 2019. All banknotes from the eighth banknote series remain valid until further notice.

Banknotes from the sixth and eighth series can be exchanged in person at the SNB counters in Berne and Zurich and at the agencies, or they can be sent to the SNB by post. Further information is available in the Instruction sheet on 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.