SWITZERLAND, 5 francs, 22.2.1951


SWITZERLAND, 5 francs, 22.2.1951, P11o, Unc

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This particular type was used from 1913 to the 1950s.

Switzerland had extensive issue of private and local paper money into the early 20th century. Since then they have frequently called in and demonetized their banknote issues.

Aside from China, other governments started using circulating “banknotes” starting in the 17th century AD. The practice became general in the 19th century. In the 20th century value of paper money in circulation far surpassed the value of coinage. In the 21st century paper money is fading and credit transactions are growing.

Paper money, meaning the promise of a government to pay a set amount, and the paper promise allowed to circulate at will, was probably first used in China in the 12th century AD. At that time the merchants and governments of Europe were just writing letters to each other about what they owed.