The design of the new banknotes at a glance

In the ninth banknote series the Swiss National Bank is breaking new ground on the design front – it is moving away from the depiction of well-known personalities altogether. Each note in the new series depicts a typically Swiss characteristic, which is then illustrated graphically using a key motif. Each characteristic is communicated via an action, a Swiss location and various graphic elements. The inspiration behind the new banknote series is ‘The many facets of Switzerland’.



The conductor’s hand holds the baton and sets the tempo.

Globe and time zones

The key motif is taken up again on the globe – in the form of time zones.

Clock faces

Clock faces form the background on the front of the note.

Security strip

The Swiss rail network and its longest tunnels are depicted on the security strip.


Tunnels form part of Switzerland’s complex rail network, which runs smoothly thanks to good organisation and precise time-keeping.

Watch’s movement

The watch’s movement symbolises the country’s strong organisational talent.

Rail network

The lines on the back of the note depict a section of Switzerland’s rail network.

There are many other design elements on the note, all of which illustrate its theme of organisation and its key motif, time.

'Swiss Banknotes' app

Discover the new note with the SNB's ‘Swiss Banknotes’ app.