Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Swiss franc notes and coins

1 Swiss franc = 1.09 US dollars (February 2013)



Capital: Bern

Population (2011): 7.7 million

Total Area: 41,284 sq km

Major Language: German, French, Italian, Romansch
Currency: Swiss Franc (CHF)
GDP per Capita PPP (2010): USD 46,581

The Swiss franc is used as a reserve currency around the world and is currently ranked rarely 5th or 6th in value held as reserves after the United States dollar, the euro, the Japanese yen and the pound sterling.




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1000 francs


old 1000 francs


Obverse: Portrait of Auguste-Henri Forel (September 1, 1848 – July 27, 1931), Swiss neurologist, entomologist, neuroanatomist and psychiatrist, notable for his investigations into the structure of the human brain and that of ants. Forel considered a co-founder of the neuron theory. Forel is also known for his early contributions to sexology. Diagrams through a brain and nerve cell at left.
Reverse: Three ants and a cross-section of an anthill.

Prevailing colour - purple; Format 86 x 192 mm
Graphic artist - Ernst and Ursula Hiestand
Date of first issue - 04.04.1978; Date of recall - 01.05.2000; Worthless from 01.05.2020.

old 500 francs


Obverse: Portrait of Albrecht von Haller (16 October 1708 – 12 December 1777) , Swiss anatomist, physiologist, naturalist and poet. View of Gemmi Pass between Wallis and Berne at left.
Reverse: Muscular figure of a human body, graph of respiration and the circulation of the blood, and a purple orchis.

Prevailing colour - brown; Format 82 x 181 mm
Graphic artist - Ernst and Ursula Hiestand
Date of first issue - 04.04.1977; Date of recall - 01.05.2000; Worthless from 01.05.2020.


200 francs


100 francs


50 francs


20 francs


10 francs


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