New Swiss banknote features CERN

A specimen of the new Swiss 200 franc note (Image: Swiss National Bank)

Each note in the ninth series of Swiss bank notes has been designed to tell a story about one aspect of the world, seen from a Swiss angle. The first of the new series to be released, the 50 franc note, tells a story of the wind, how it circulates around the globe, spreads the seeds of wild flowers, and allows the intrepid to enjoy the Swiss Alps from a vantage point beneath the canopy of a paraglider riding currents of mountain air. The 20 franc note is all about light, while the 10 tells a story about time. On 22 August, the 200 franc note, whose story is all about matter, joins them.

The Swiss National Bank keeps the identity of each note a closely guarded secret until the note is released, but the core design elements have been visible for all to see on the SNB website since the first note was issued on 6 April 2016. Each note features a hand, a globe, a location in Switzerland and an object. The location and the object for the 200 franc note are not hard to identify as representing CERN and the transformation of energy and matter in the LHC.