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Swiss Confederation, 20 Francs (3rd Banknote Series, in Circulation 1918-1956)

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Swiss Confederation, 20 Francs (3rd Banknote Series, in Circulation 1918-1956) (obverse) Swiss Confederation, 20 Francs (3rd Banknote Series, in Circulation 1918-1956) (reverse)

The first Swiss banknote worth 20 francs was issued at the dawn of World War I in 1914. On the front, it shows a peasant girl (the "Vreneli") in a medallion. The 20-franc banknote was planed as a temporary denomination only; its back thus was modestly decorated. However, the success of the 20-franc notes required rethinking; they have been in circulation ever since. In 1930, new 20-franc notes were issued. They differed slightly from the rest of the series: with the well-known educator Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi (*1746, 1827) from Zurich, they for the first time depicted a historical person.

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