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