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Offline chrisild

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Switzerland: Lots of 1000 CHF notes stolen from printing works
« on: October 01, 2013, 09:18:18 AM »
Swiss 1,000 fr notes worth 1.8 millions francs (about €1.5m) have been stolen from the Orell Füssli printing works. The thieves took them out of the production process at a relatively late stage, it seems: The notes are "complete" except for the serial numbers and a "1000" micro-perforation. Here is a press release of the Swiss central bank, with links to further information:

http://www.snb.ch/en/mmr/reference/pre_20131001/source/pre_20131001.en.pdf
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This happened about a year ago but was, for "security reasons", not made public until today. As the theft occurred at the printing works, Orell Füssli is responsible for any necessary compensation.

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Re: Switzerland: Lots of 1000 CHF notes stolen from printing works
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2013, 08:14:43 PM »
I suppose there are people who'd pay SFR 1000 for a note without a serial number.

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Re: Switzerland: Lots of 1000 CHF notes stolen from printing works
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2013, 01:22:25 AM »
Does Swiss government still have "reserve" francs notes that they can use to replace these?  In earlier times they always had a reserve series of paper money for emergency.
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Re: Switzerland: Lots of 1000 CHF notes stolen from printing works
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2013, 01:59:39 AM »
No, the one from the mid-1980s was the last one. Besides, we're not talking about a major national crisis here but about a volume of less than two thousand notes. :) So far two men have been arrested (and released again but the investigations against them and possible accomplices continue). Not sure how many of those stolen and "incomplete" notes have been found so far; apparently 17 in the past two weeks ...

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