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SWISS FRANC INFO
The Swiss Franc is the official currency of Switzerland. It is also legal tender in other countries like Liechtenstein.
Notes: 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 1000 francs
Coins: 5, 10, 20 rappen and 1⁄2, 1, 2, 5 francs
Symbol: CHF, Fr., SFr.
More Info: Central Bank of Switzerland
Are you travelling to Benidorm, Torrevieja, Benalmádena or other mediterranean destination in Spain? Then you will need to exchange your Swiss Francs into Euros. In Eurochange you can buy Euros at the best price and with total availability. Moreover, if you are going to Switzerland, you can buy Swiss Francs in some of our branches or you can buy them online.
About Swiss Franc
The Swiss Franc is the official currency of Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Its ISO 4217 code is CHF although it is common to see the abbreviation Fr unofficial areas. In German it is called Franken, in Italian franco and in French and Romansh franc. The Swiss Franc is divided into 100 cents (Rappen in German, centime in French, centesimo in Italian, and rap in Romansh).
History of the currency of Switzerland
Until 1850 the Swiss monetary system was very complex, since the coin was made almost locally and in the country there were about 8000 different notes and coins at a time. In 1850 the Swiss Franc was adopted as the only single currency and its manufacture was regulated. Today the notes are issued at the Swiss National Bank and the coins at the Swiss Mint.
Swiss Francs notes and coins
There are six denominations in Swiss Francs notes: 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 1,000 Francs. At present the Swiss Francs is in a process of renewal. At the moment all the notes of the old and the new series are valid.
In the notes of the old series (the 8 series) prominent characters of the culture and history of the country appear. On the obverse of each note appears the image of one of the characters and on the back, appear images closely related to the character on the obverse. The 10 Francs note is dedicated to the architect and designer Le Corbusier, the 20 note is dedicated to the composer Arthur Honegger, the 50 one is dedicated to the painter, sculptor and textile designer Sophie Taeuber-Arp, the 100 Francs note is dedicated to the painter and sculptor Alberto Giacometti, the one of 200 to the writer Charles Ferdinand Ramuz and the one of 1,000 Francs to the art historian Jacob Burckhardt.
In the notes of the new series (9 series) no more prominent characters appear. In this new series it is intended to represent a characteristic of Switzerland using a key theme. Up to date the banknotes of the new series that have already been issued are those of 10, 20, 50 and 200 Francs.
In the 10 Franc note the Swiss organizational talent is expressed through time. A globe appears with the time zones, a hand holding a baton, a tunnel of the Swiss railway line and the machinery of a clock.
The 20 Francs note represents creativity using light as a motif. A globe appears with the constellations, a hand holding a prism, the recreation of a cinema screen and several butterflies.
The 50 Francs note represents the experiences that Switzerland offers through the wind. A globe appears with the directions of the winds, a hand holding a dandelion, a paraglider over the mountains and lines of relief.
The 100 Swiss Franc banknote is the latest addition to this series. The main motif of this note is water and through this design focuses on Switzerland's humanitarian tradition.
The 200 Swiss Francs note represent the scientific excellence of Switzerland expressed through the matter. A globe appears with earth masses during the late Cretaceous period, a hand with three axial coordinates and an abstract map of the geological ages of Switzerland plus a timeline that indicates some of the stages of the formation of the universe.
The 1000 Swiss Francs note shows two hands that refer to interpersonal communication. The globe drawn in the center of the note is surrounded by different signs of the phonetic alphabet, which allows the correct pronunciation in different languages. The map drawn on the security strip shows the Swiss language regions and those of their neighboring countries, as well as all the Swiss cantons. On the back we can see the Parliament, which represents the communicative power of Switzerland.
SWISS FRANCS BANKNOTES IN CIRCULATION
The coins in Swiss Franc are 7: 2, 10 and 20 cents and ½, 1, 2 and 5 Franc. The denomination of each one appears on the head of the coins. On the tail, you can see a representation of Helvetia used to reprent Switzerland. In the 5 Franc note, instead of Helvetia appears a man commonly identified as William Tell.
How many Francs should I take to Switzerland?
If you do not know how many Swiss Francs you might need during your trip, we can help you. Our clients usually take about 350 Euros in Swiss Francs to Switzerland. To calculate how much money to take with you on your trip, you should take into account if you have to pay for hotels, rental cars, excursions or entrance fees among other things, or if you will only have to pay for the daily expenses such as food, public transport or shopping.