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’.
Click on the banknotes in the overview for information on the corresponding theme and key motif.
The 20-franc note
|Dimensions:||70 x 130 mm|
|Date of issue:||17 May 2017|
The hand holds a prism through which light is dispersed into various colours.
Globe and constellations
The motif of light is echoed in the constellations over the globe.
The background of the note is reminiscent of a kaleidoscope in which colourful patterns are produced through reflected light.
The motif of light also plays an important role on the security strip: night-time light emissions are overlaid on a map of Switzerland and the surrounding regions, and the distances between various celestial bodies and the earth are listed in light seconds.
Creativity, as can be experienced at a film festival, is expressed through the projection of light onto a screen.
Light reveals the colour of the butterfly’s wings and allows us to behold the rich diversity of nature.
The lines on the back of the 20-franc note portray an iris, which regulates the amount of light entering the human eye.
There are many other design elements on the note, all of which illustrate its theme of creativity and its key motif, light.