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Second banknote series, 1911

These notes, which were first issued between 1911 and 1914, were replaced in 1956–57. This represents an exceptionally long life span. The 5-franc note was intended to replace the silver 5-franc coin, which was stockpiled during times of war or serious crisis and thus effectively removed from payment transactions. Of all the SNB's denominations, this note was in circulation for the longest period of time and was only recalled in 1980.
(Recommended reading: The Swiss banknote 19071997, Michel de Rivaz, COLLECTION LA MEMOIRE DE L'OEIL, ISBN 2-88100-080-0)

1000

Portrait front
Woman's head in left-hand medallion
Motif back
Foundry
Main colour
Purple and orange
Design
Eugène Burnand
Dimensions
131 x 216 mm
Date of issue
16 September 1911
Date of recall
1 October 1958
Worthless from
1 October 1978
Printing
Waterlow, London

500

Portrait front
Woman's head in left-hand medallion
Motif back
Embroiderers
Main colour
Red and brown
Design
Eugène Burnand
Dimensions
125 x 200 mm
Date of issue
24.12.1912
Date of recall
1 October 1958
Worthless from
1 October 1978
Printing
Waterlow, London

100

Portrait front
Woman's head in left-hand medallion
Motif back
Mower (reaper)
Main colour
Dark blue
Design
Ferdinand Hodler
Dimensions
115 x 181 mm
Date of issue
16 September 1911
Date of recall
1 October 1958
Worthless from
1 October 1978
Printing
Waterlow, London

50

Portrait front
Woman's head in left-hand medallion
Motif back
Woodcutter
Main colour
Green
Design
Ferdinand Hodler
Dimensions
106 x 165 mm
Date of issue
22.12.1911
Date of recall
1 October 1958
Worthless from
1 October 1978
Printing
Waterlow, London

40

Portrait front
'Winkelried' (Swiss warrior) in left-hand medallion
Motif back
Ornaments, rosette, value numeral
Main colour
Purplish brown
Design
Balzer (Orell Füssli employee)
Dimensions
82 x 144 mm
Date of issue
Reserve note
Printing
Orell Füssli, Zurich

20

Portrait front
'Vreneli' (woman's head) in left-hand medallion
Motif back
Ornaments, rosette, value numeral
Main colour
Light blue and purple
Design
Balzer (Orell Füssli employee)
Dimensions
95 x 163 mm
Date of issue
31 July 1914
Date of recall
31 December 1935
Worthless from
1 January 1956
Printing
Orell Füssli, Zurich

10

Portrait front
Woman from Neuchâtel in left-hand medallion
Motif back
Ornaments, rosette, value numeral
Main colour
Yellowish brown
Design
Gabriel Lory (fils) and Friedrich Moritz
Dimensions
82 x 135 mm
Date of issue
Reserve note
Printing
Waterlow, London

5

Portrait front
William Tell in left-hand medallion
Motif back
Ornaments, rosette, value numeral
Main colour
Greenish brown
Design
Balzer (Orell Füssli employee)
Dimensions
70 x 125 mm
Date of issue
3 August 1914
Date of recall
1 May 1980
Worthless from
1 May 2000
Printing
Orell Füssli, Zurich