The new 200-franc note

The design of the new banknotes

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’.

The new 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

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.
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.