The Swiss franc - a success story

The book 'Der Schweizer Franken - eine Erfolgsgeschichte' (The Swiss franc - a success story) was commissioned by the Swiss National Bank. It is the first book to provide an overview of the history of Switzerland's currency in the 19th and 20th centuries. The author is the internationally renowned monetary policy expert and economist Ernst Baltensperger. The launch of the German first edition took place on 3 October 2012 in Zurich.

A French translation was published in 2015 and an Italian translation in 2018.

Information about the book

The book can be purchased online or in bookshops and can be borrowed from the SNB library and other libraries.

German edition

French edition

Italian edition


Speeches from 3 October 2012

Press release of 3 October 2012

Press release of 7 November 2018