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 50-franc note

The 50-franc note focuses on the wealth of experiences Switzerland has to offer – expressed by the wind, the note’s key motif.

Main colour: Green
Dimensions: 70 x 137 mm
Date of issue: 12 April 2016

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  • Hand

    The wind carries forth the seed of the dandelion, which is held playfully in the hand.

  • Globe


    The arrows on the globe show the direction of the winds that connect Switzerland with other regions and continents.

  • Wind arrows


    The arrows feature in the background on the front of the note.

  • Security strip


    Mountains evoke Switzerland's varied landscapes. The security strip shows the Alps and lists the names of the main four-thousand-metre peaks in the Swiss Alps, from A for Aletschhorn to Z for Zumsteinspitze.

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  • Mountains

    The mountain panorama highlights the wealth of experiences Switzerland has to offer.

  • Paraglider


    The wind, the note's key motif, holds the paraglider aloft in the mountains.

  • Contour lines


    The contour lines evoke Switzerland's varied landscapes.

'Swiss Banknotes' app

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

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