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Check if your note is genuine

The new banknotes meet Switzerland’s traditionally high security standards for its currency. They have numerous security features – some new, some tried and tested. Using a range of technologies, these features are incorporated into the note’s innovative, three-layer substrate (Durasafe®). The new series offers a unique combination of complex security features and sophisticated design, making it difficult to counterfeit.

Click on a security feature for additional information.

 
 

1 - Globe test

Feature:

In the centre of the note is a depiction of a shimmering globe.

Test:

Tilt the note from left to right: a golden arc moves across the globe. 

Hold the note in front of you and tilt it backwards: the colour of the globe changes.

2 - Security strip test

Feature:

In the bottom half of the note is a security strip.

Test:

Tilt the note from left to right: red and green numbers appear on four lines. On tilting, the numbers on these lines move in opposite directions.

Hold the note in front of you: in silver, you will see a map of Switzerland, the Alps, the names of the main four-thousand-metre peaks in the Swiss Alps and the number 50.

Slowly tilt the note backwards: the outline of Switzerland and the Swiss Alps appear in rainbow colours. In addition to this, little shining Swiss crosses are visible inside the number 50.

3 - Cross test

Feature:

On the top left of the note – at position A – is a transparent Swiss cross.

Test:

Hold the Swiss cross up to the light: it will turn into the Swiss flag.

4 - Hand test

Feature:

The hand, the number 50 and the bank’s name can be felt thanks to the raised print produced by intaglio printing.

Test:

Run your fingers over the hand: you will be able to feel the raised print.
Rub the hand onto a piece of light-coloured paper: it will leave behind traces of colour.

Run your fingers over the number 50 or the bank’s name: you will be able to feel the raised print.
Rub the number 50 or the bank’s name onto a piece of light-coloured paper: they will leave behind traces of colour.

5 - Microperf®

Feature:

A perforated Swiss cross can be found at position D.

Test:

Hold the note up to the light: the finely perforated Swiss cross appears especially clearly. The cross is made up of a grid of equidistant holes.

6 - Tactile elements for the visually impaired

Feature:

Along the long edges of the note are a series of short, raised lines to help the visually impaired.

Test:

Run your fingers along the edges of the note: the tactile lines can be clearly felt. In the case of the 50-franc note, there are three sets of these tactile lines.

7 - Watermark

Feature:

At position E, two watermarks – the Swiss flag and the globe – are incorporated into the note.

Test:

Hold the note up to the light: on the left, you can see the outline of the Swiss flag and, on the right, the globe.

8 - Tilt effect

Feature:

At position C, the Swiss cross is printed in such a way that it can only be seen from a particular angle.

Test:

Hold the note in front of you and tilt it backwards: the Swiss cross stands out from the background.

9 - See-through register

Feature:

In the lower section of the note is an incomplete Swiss cross.

Test:

Hold the note up to the light: a complete Swiss cross appears in outline.

10 - Microtext

Feature:

At position B, inside the Swiss flag, you will find a piece of text written in the four national languages.

Test:

Examine the Swiss flag with a magnifying glass: you can make out the text in microlettering. Some of the text is in dark letters on a light background and some in light-coloured letters on a dark background.

11 - Ultraviolet globe

Feature:

At the top right of the note is a globe which only becomes visible under ultraviolet light.

Test:

Examine the note under ultraviolet light: the globe will show up brightly, while the background remains dull in contrast.

12 - Ultraviolet fibres

Feature:

The paper contains flecks which only become visible under ultraviolet light.

Test:

Examine the note under ultraviolet light: all over the note you will see flecks light up in different colours.

13 - Infrared properties

Feature:

Both sides of the note contain infrared properties.

Test:

Examine the note with an infrared camera: the appearance changes, with certain elements turning monochrome and others disappearing altogether.

1 - Triangle test

Feature:

Below the number 50 is a triangle containing a glittering security thread.

Test:

Hold the note up to the light: the security thread appears as a continuous line. The Swiss flag and the number 50 also appear at regular intervals along the thread.

2 - See-through register

Feature:

In the lower section of the note is an incomplete Swiss cross.

Test:

Hold the note up to the light: a complete Swiss cross appears in outline.

3 - Serial number

Feature:

An identical number, consisting of one letter and nine numbers, is printed in two places.

Test:

The serial number is visible in two places in different fonts.

4 - Ultraviolet fibres

Feature:

The paper contains flecks which only become visible under ultraviolet light.

Test:

Examine the note under ultraviolet light: all over the note you will see flecks light up in different colours.

5 - Infrared properties

Feature:

Both sides of the note have infrared properties.

Test:

Examine the note with an infrared camera: the appearance changes, with certain elements turning monochrome and others disappearing altogether.


Film: The new banknotes – design and security features

The security features of the new 50-franc note are explained in the following film.