Viva Kids World About Coins and Notes
Level of knowledge: master
Level of knowledge: professional
Why Do We Pay Using Banknotes and Coins?
Our money is made of paper and metal. These are durable materials that do not break easily. This is important for money to be accepted as a means of payment. Why? Imagine if we paid using cakes and something you wanted cost 200 cakes. By the time you'd saved up 200 cakes, they would be spoiled and no one would want them anymore.
What if the only banknotes we had were 100-franc bills? You wouldn't be able to buy something that cost 5.20 francs, for instance, or you would have to keep cutting off pieces of the banknote. That's why our money is in various denominations. Centimes, coins, and bills of different values.
Our money is protected by various features. These marks are known as security features. Security features make it difficult to make counterfeit money. This means not just anyone can print out money. And people can check whether their money is actually real.
Tip: Become a Banknote Detective
Grab a magnifying glass and take a careful look at Swiss banknotes. Can you find all the security features?
With the Swiss National Bank's new app, you can even bring banknotes to life. Ask your parents if you can try out the app.
Drawing Contest: What Would Your 100-Franc Bill Look Like?
Switzerland has had new banknotes for a while now. But the 100-franc bill hasn't been replaced yet. What could the new banknote look like? Draw your idea in the template, and send a picture of it to us by May 31, 2018.
With a little luck, you could win one of three Caran-d’Ache sets, engraved with your name. It includes 80 colored pencils, a sharpener, a Neocolor Creative Box with 15 Neocolor pastels, a watercolor brush, and 12 postcards as well as a case with 15 felt-tip pens.
Ask your parents if you're allowed to take part. They will definitely help you!
Level of knowledge: expert
Banknotes are redesigned regularly to make sure they remain secure. Switzerland is doing this for the ninth time right now.
We assume it is more difficult to make counterfeit coins than bills.
There are even coins that are over 130 years old. We still pay using them today.
In Switzerland, banknotes are printed by the Swiss National Bank. The method for this is top secret.
Whenever there are new banknotes, the Swiss National Bank sends them out to the other banks.
These bills then end up in our wallets through ATMs.
What Money Experts Know
1. People used to barter goods for other goods. Today, we pay using money. Our money is a means of exchange that we can redeem for anything.
2. Banknotes are protected by different security features. Banknotes are also swapped out regularly to make sure they actually remain secure.
3. In Switzerland, the Swiss National Bank is responsible for this: It prints banknotes and distributes them.
4. We can do more with our money than paying, though. It is also a counting unit and a means of storing value, so it also allows us to save.
The Secret of SavingLaura is the leader of the Viva Kids. At her grandma's house, she finds a small and mysterious red book with numbers inside. But what is it? The Viva Kids gang search for the secret.
There's No Such Thing as a Free LunchThe Viva Kids still need 80 francs for their tree house. It's great that the Viva Kids can help Mr. Cash clear out the old garage and sell a few things at the flea market. They can earn a bit of extra cash that way. But then, things don't go according to plan...
Do You Know the Viva Kids Gang?Laura, Jan, Sophie, and Ben are the Viva Kids. They are inseparable and, together with Digipigi, they go on adventures related to the topic of money.
Jan is the oldest of the Viva Kids, and is a quiet mastermind. He is smart, knows how to put things together, and can quickly find out anything he doesn't know. It's no wonder that he's also at the top of his class. And with his skateboard, he's also pretty cool.
Aside from his skateboard, Jan is obsessed with stars. He knows almost every constellation and loves nighttime.
When he sits at the window by himself and looks up at the stars, Jan often thinks about really crazy things. Recently, for instance, he wondered: "What if money really only lasted for a single day and vanished into thin air every morning?"
The Magic Coin Disk
If you use a string to spin the disk really fast, the pictures on the front and back will combine to make one image.
Simply print out the template and try it yourself!