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 200-franc note

The 200-franc note focuses on Switzerland’s scientific expertise – expressed by matter, the note’s key motif.

Main colour: Brown
Dimensions: 70 x 151 mm
Date of issue: 22 August 2018

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  • Hand


    The fingers of the hand describe three axis coordinates, representing the spatial dimensions in which matter expands.

  • Globe and land masses


    Over the globe, the earth's land masses during the late Cretaceous period are shown.

  • Security strip


    The security strip features an abstract map of the geological ages of Switzerland, as well as a timeline showing some of the stages in the formation of the universe.

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  • Particle detector


    The depiction of a particle detector represents Switzerland as a research hub.

  • Particle collision


    The particle collision expresses the key motif of the note and highlights the international importance of Swiss scientific activities.

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

'Swiss Banknotes' app

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

SNB video on YouTube