Print

Second banknote series, 1911

These notes, which were first issued between 1911 and 1914, were replaced in 1956–57. This represents an extraordinarily 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 National 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 side medallion

Motif back

Foundry

Prevailing colour

purple and orange

Graphic artist

Eugène Burnand

Format (mm)

131x216

Date of first issue

16.09.1911

Date of recall

01.10.1958

Worthless from

01.10.1978

Print

Waterlow, London

500

Portrait front

Woman's head in left-hand side medallion

Motif back

Embroiderers

Prevailing colour

red and brown

Graphic artist

Eugène Burnand

Format (mm)

125x200

Date of first issue

24.12.1912

Date of recall

01.10.1958

Worthless from

01.10.1978

Print

Waterlow, London

100

Portrait front

Woman's head in left-hand side medallion

Motif back

Mower (reaper)

Prevailing colour

dark blue

Graphic artist

Ferdinand Hodler

Format (mm)

115x181

Date of first issue

16.09.1911

Date of recall

01.10.1958

Worthless from

01.10.1978

Print

Waterlow, London

50

Portrait front

Woman's head in left-hand side medallion

Motif back

Woodcutter

Prevailing colour

green

Graphic artist

Ferdinand Hodler

Format (mm)

106x165

Date of first issue

22.12.1911

Date of recall

01.10.1958

Worthless from

01.10.1978

Print

Waterlow, London

40

Portrait front

'Winkelried' (Swiss warrior) in left-hand side medallion

Motif back

Ornaments, rosette, and numeral of value

Prevailing colour

purplish brown

Graphic artist

Balzer (Orell Füssli employee)

Format (mm)

82x144

Date of first issue

Reserve note

Print

Orell Füssli, Zurich

20

Portrait front

'Vreneli' (woman's head) in left-hand side medallion

Motif back

Ornaments, rosette, and numeral of value

Prevailing colour

light blue and purple

Graphic artist

Balzer (Orell Füssli employee)

Format (mm)

95x163

Date of first issue

31.07.1914

Date of recall

31.12.1935

Worthless from

01.01.1956

Print

Orell Füssli, Zurich

10

Portrait front

Woman from Neuchâtel in left-hand side medallion

Motif back

Ornaments, rosette, and numeral of value

Prevailing colour

yellowish brown

Graphic artist

Gabriel Lory (fils) and Friedrich Moritz

Format (mm)

82x135

Date of first issue

Reserve note

Print

Waterlow, London

5

Portrait front

William Tell in left-hand side medallion

Motif back

Ornaments, rosette, and numeral of value

Prevailing colour

greenish brown

Graphic artist

Balzer (Orell Füssli employee)

Format (mm)

70x125

Date of first issue

03.08.1914

Date of recall

01.05.1980

Worthless from

01.05.2000

Print

Orell Füssli, Zurich