The design of the new banknotes at a glance

With the ninth banknote series the Swiss National Bank broke new ground on the design front – moving away from the depiction of well-known personalities. 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 1000-franc note

The 1000-franc note focuses on Switzerland’s communicative flair – expressed by language, the note’s key motif.

Main colour: Purple
Dimensions: 70 x 158 mm
Date of issue: 13 March 2019

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  • Hand


    The handshake signifies interpersonal communication.

  • Globe and phonetic symbols


    Symbols over the globe are taken from the phonetic alphabet, which enables the correct pronunciation of words in different languages.

  • Security strip


    The map on the security strip shows the language regions of Switzerland and its neighbouring countries; in addition, the names of all Swiss cantons are listed.

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  • Parliament


    The parliament – a forum for public debate – represents Switzerland's communicative side.

  • Open network


    The illustration of an open network references the denomination's theme, communication.

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

'Swiss Banknotes' app

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

SNB video on YouTube