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Auction 77 Online

The catalogue for IBNS Auction No. 77, 2018 containing over 5,300 lots is now available.  Auction Closes Sunday 17th June 2018.

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Banknote of 2018 Nominations

Do you know of a Bank Note Issued in 2018 that should be nominated for the Banknote of the Year? Send your nominations to banknoteoftheyear@ibns.biz

 
IBNS Journal 57-1

IBNS Journal Volume 57 Issue 1 has been sent to the printers and is avaialble to download from the Website. Topics include: Perkins Bacon Paper Money, Adolphe Sax, 10 Swiss Francs, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Serial Number Nuances and the Sample Notes of Kurz. Login to download your copy.

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Switzerland Repeat Winner of IBNS Bank Note of Year Award

The International Bank Note Society (IBNS) announces that its voting membership has selected the Swiss National Bank to again receive its prestigious “Bank Note of the Year Award” for 2017.  With over 170 new banknotes released worldwide during 2017, almost a third were of sufficiently new design to be eligible for nomination.  In the closest vote ever the Swiss 10 Franc polymer/hybrid note narrowly edged out  runners-up from the Royal Bank of Scotland (£10 with female scientist), Canada ($10 with 4 politicians and regions), Fiji (unique $7 featuring their first Olympic gold medal and rugby “7’s” team), Norway (100 Kroner Viking long ship), and Djibouti (40 Franc whale shark). This is the fourth consecutive hybrid / polymer note to win the coveted IBNS Bank Note of the Year Award.

The Switzerland 10 Franc note is part of the first new design the Swiss National Bank has released in 20 years.  Printed by Orell Fussli Security Printing Ltd. in Zurich, all notes from the new 9th series feature national experiences and abstract themes.  Incorporating the latest in technological security standards and using three layer substrate Durasafe®, this gorgeous yellow vertical banknote depicts human hands conducting an orchestra with a globe showing time zones and the punctual Swiss rail system.  In 2017 a 20 Franc note was also released featuring a hand and a prism reflecting light.  While it too was nominated for Bank Note of the Year, IBNS rules state that no country can compete against itself if multiples notes are nominated.  In such instances a subcommittee selects the stronger image.

CHF 10 Front

Front: Depicting Music and Time

CHF 10 Back

Reverse: Depicting Swiss Railways and Watch Movements

The Swiss National Bank had initially released a stunning 24 page booklet to promote their new six banknote series. They have a fascinating interactive website and downloadable application that can be accessed to further demonstrate various security features.  Each note varies in size, with the 10 Franc note similar in size to the 20 Euro banknote.  Valuation of the Swiss Franc is currently near par with the US Dollar but significantly below the Euro and British Pound