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The 10 franc banknote was first issued in Switzerland during 1956, but a reserve note had been printed during 1911. Since the first date of issue, notes of this value have been in circulation to the present. In 2012, a new design by Manuela Pfrunder will be introduced.
1911 reserve noteEdit
During 1911, the first 10 franc note was printed, but was not issued along with the 40 franc note. The note was printed by Orell Gessner Füssli and designed by employees, Gabriel Lory and Friedrich Moritz. It was 135 millimeters in width by 82 millimeters in height and was mainly colored yellow-brown. Its obverse displayed a woman from Neuchâtel while its reverse displayed ornaments, a rosette, and the value.
First circulated issueEdit
During 1956, the 10 franc note was first issued as a part of the fifth series of Swiss banknotes. The note was designed by Swiss graphic artist, Hermann Eidenbenz. It had dimensions of 137 millimeters in width by 75 millimeters in height. The 10 franc note was predominantly colored red-brown. The note's obverse featured poet, Gottfried Keller along with the value, while the reverse displayed bennet flowers and the value. These were recalled in 1980 and declared worthless in 2000.
In 1979, with the introduction of the sixth series of Swiss banknotes, a new 10 franc note was created. It was designed by Ernst Hiestand and Ursula Hiestand. The note has dimensions of 137 millimeters in width by 66 millimeters in height. It is predominantly colored red-brown or red. The obverse displays Leonhard Euler, Swiss scientist, along with the value. Its reverse displays a water turbine, the solar system, and a display of rays of light passing through lenses along with the value. These notes were recalled during 2000 and will be considered worthless in 2020.
Seventh unreleased seriesEdit
In 1984, a seventh series of banknotes was created, but would only be issued if the sixth series would suddenly become widely counterfeited. These were never circulated, as a widespread counterfeiting event in Switzerland hadn't occurred. The details of the notes were released, but each note itself was destroyed. These banknotes were designed by Roger Pfund and Elisabeth Pfund. They had the same dimensions as the currently circulating notes, 137 by 66 millimeters. The notes were predominantly colored red-brown. On the obverse, images of Leonhard Euler, a polyhedron, and the Seven Bridges of Königsberg were displayed along with the value, while the reverse displayed the gamma function, a table for calculating numbers, a diagram of the solar system, and the note's "value".
The current note (pictured in the infobox above) was first issued on April 8, 1997 as a part of the new eighth series of Swiss notes. It was designed by Jörg Zintzmeyer. These notes are very different than the other 10 franc notes, having a vertical orientation on both the obverse and reverse, unlike the sixth series version, where only the reverse had a vertical orientation. The dimensions of the note are 74 millimeters in width by 126 millimeters in height. These are predominantly yellow in color. The obverse of the note features Swiss scientist Le Corbusier. Its reverse displays the Palace of Justice in Chandigarh, India and the Modulor. The exact date of withdrawal and lapse of these notes currently remains unknown.
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During 2005, the National Bank of Switzerland held a competition to determine the designs of the next series of banknotes for the Swiss franc. This competition was won by Manuel Krebs. His designs displayed depictions of cells and embryos, and were met with a large level of opposition from the public, resulting in the rejected use of the designs by the bank. Therefore, the designs of the second-place winner, Manuela Pfrunder, are to be used in 2012. The design for the 10 franc note is skiing. However, this is be subject to change.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Second banknote series, 1911 – Swiss National Bank
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Fifth banknote series, 1956 – Swiss National Bank
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Sixth banknotes series, 1976 – Swiss National Bank
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Eight banknotes series, 1995 – Swiss National Bank
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Seventh banknotes series, 1984 – Swiss National Bank
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 2nd prize: Pfrunder Manuela, Zurich – Swiss National Bank
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