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I had at last the chance to examine this new style of Swiss banknotes, and I’m somewhat divided about it.
Of course, I don’t like changing for the sake of change, even if I can understand the reasons behind. I really like the current series, which is very well designed (my favourite still being the incredible 5th one, which was emitted between 1956 and 1980).
Putting my conservative bias away, I really like the feeling of the new paper, very solid and almost cardboardy (brand new, at least). It’s very colorful and with nice technological touches, and I suppose the whole new series will still conserve the practical design characteristics of the current one, so why not ?
In the end, two things are really irking me : the decision to get rid of people in favour of very consensual scenes on the banknotes – I will miss Le Corbusier, Giacometti and Ramuz, Ramuz with his Lavaux hills back… ; but most of all, I hate the ridiculous Green Giant hand holding the dandelion on the front of the note (seriously, I can live with the rest, but please amend the design and get rid of it – keep the dandelion, though).

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I found the coolest banknote when I was in Ghent. That was the kind of money I got when I was a kid in Bas-Congo.

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Two things I learnt today at Gutemberg Museum : old Swiss banknotes were huge (here’s Hans Erni’s CHF 1000.- “turbine”), and their backs were splendid (I’m in love with Pierre Gauchat’s 1956 series). 

And yes, the third one is a CHF 40.- banknote from 1911. Strangest denomination I’ve ever seen.