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Curiosities



Series of banknotes and quantity

From 1907 to 2013, the SNB has released eight series of Swiss banknotes. The current eighth series was launched in 1995-1998. Every year, bank puts into circulation about 100 tons of banknotes. For example, in 2011, the bank has a circulation of about 470 million banknotes, and the same year bank retired from circulation of about 452 million.

Swiss banknotes in circulation in 2012 :


* banknotes of sixth serie


Production costs of banknotes

The cost of producing a banknote (conception and design, paper, printing, information) average approximately 30 centimes per new note.





Distribution and redeeming banknotes

Banknotes are issued and recovered through the SNB's network of cash distribution services. This network comprises the SNB's two own bank offices (head offices in Berne and Zurich), six representative offices (in Basel, Geneva, Lausanne, Lucerne, Lugano and St Gallen). Furthermore, it has 14 agencies operated by cantonal banks.


Average lifetime of banknotes

The lifetime depends on denomination and durability:

  • 10 francs - about 3 years
  • 20 francs - about 2 years
  • 50 francs - a bit more than 2 years
  • 100 francs - less then 4 years
  • 200 francs - a bit more than 4 years
  • 1000 francs - almost 15 years