The Swiss National Bank, the central bank of Switzerland, has today revealed the new 20-franc banknote design
The 20-franc banknote is the second of the latest ninth series of banknotes to be issued in Switzerland, following the release of the award winning 50-franc note in April last year.
The new note will be issued into circulation on May 17, 2017.
Each note of the new banknote series depicts a typically Swiss characteristic. The 20-franc note focusses on Switzerland’s creativity expressed by light, a key motif used in the banknote’s design.
The note, 70mm by 130mm in size, is slightly smaller than its predecessor but continues to use the same predominantly red colour scheme. The note design consists of varying graphical elements including a hand holding a prism through which light is dispersed, constellations above the earth and light depicting the colours found on butterfly wings.
The note uses Landqart’s three layer Durasafe® substrate, as per the 50-franc note, consisting of two outer cotton paper layers fused together with a central core of transparent polymer.
The note features many anti-counterfeit security features, including SPARK® optically variable ink, Microperf®, a Kinegram® holographic foil, see-through register, microtext, UV and IR features. The note also includes raised tactile elements to assist those with visual impairments to identify the note’s denomination.
The next banknote of the ninth series to be issued in Switzerland will be the 10-franc note, expected to be circulated on October 18, 2017.
The remaining notes will be issued in order of the 200, the 1,000 and the 100-franc banknotes, reportedly by the end of 2019.
All imagery courtesy of the Swiss National Bank.