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SNB banknote app updated for new 200-franc note

The Swiss National Bank’s ‘Swiss Banknotes’ app is designed to help the public familiarise themselves with the new banknotes. The popular app, which has been downloaded some 100,000 times, now also showcases the new 200-franc note. It can be downloaded free of charge from the Apple ( and Google Play ( app stores. Anyone who has already downloaded the software can update it via the relevant app store. The app explains in an engaging way key information on the security features and interesting details about the design.

The augmented reality app operates with the camera of a smartphone or tablet. When the device’s camera is positioned over a new 10, 20, 50 or 200-franc note, the app displays the note’s various security features and design elements. It is also possible to enlarge the individual features or watch a short video clip. Although the app helps users to explore the new banknotes, it cannot be used to test if a note is genuine.

The app can be run on either the iOS (Apple) or Android (Google) operating system and is available in both smartphone and tablet versions (Apple: iPhone 4S or newer and for iPad; Google: for high-performance devices running Android 4.1 or later). It is available in English, French, German and Italian.

The SNB began launching its ninth banknote series on 6 April 2016. Issuance of the new 200-franc note presented a week ago begins today, 22 August 2018. The final two denominations will be issued in 2019. All notes from the eighth banknote series will remain legal tender until further notice.

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The Swiss National Bank conducts the country’s monetary policy as an independent central bank. It is obliged by the Constitution and by statute to act in accordance with the interests of the country as a whole. Its primary goal is to ensure price stability, while taking due account of economic developments. In so doing, it creates an appropriate environment for economic growth.
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