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 book launch took place on 3 October 2012 in Zurich.

The book is available in German and, since May 2015, also in French.

Information about the book

The book is available in bookshops or can be ordered online.

Order book online (in German) from NZZ Libro (
Order book online (in French) from Presses Polytechniques et Universitaires Romandes (PPUR) (
NZZ Libro flyer (in German)
PPUR flyer (in French)

Speeches from 3 October 2012

Address by Thomas Jordan (The Swiss franc – a success story)
Address by Hans-Peter Thür (On the publication of the book Der Schweizer Franken - eine Erfolgsgeschichte)
Address by Ernst Baltensperger (Why we should be interested in the history of currencies )

Press release of 3 October 2012

Press release (The Swiss franc - a history of the Swiss currency)