Switzerland’s new 10-franc note (worth about $10.25), third in the
new Swiss series, entered circulation on Oct. 18, and with the
exception of its yellow color, it could not be more different from the
note it replaces, including its smaller size. It joins the already
issued 20- and 50-franc notes.
The Swiss National Bank decided that its ninth bank note series
would not show individuals, but would instead focus on typically Swiss
characteristics. “The many facets of Switzerland” theme illustrates a
different topic on each denomination. The trait featured on the
10-franc note is Switzerland’s organizational talent, reflected
through the key motif of “time.”
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A hand and a globe, what the bank refers to as “core elements,”
appear on every denomination but are used differently on each. On the
face, the hand is that of a conductor holding a baton and setting the
tempo, and the shimmering globe is made to show time zones. The
background is composed of faint clock faces. The security strip on the
note’s bottom half shows a map of the Swiss rail network and its
longest tunnels, that when tilted backwards appears in rainbow colors.
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The back is dominated by a rail tunnel, symbolic of the rail
network, famous for running smoothly thanks to good organization and
precise timekeeping. Above the tunnel is a watch movement that
represents Switzerland’s strong talent for organization, a trait that
goes hand in glove with timekeeping. The lines in the background map a
portion of the national rail network.
At least 16 different security features are in use on the six notes
in the new series, which are printed on a three-layer substrate know