Print

Fourth banknote series, 1938

During the Second World War, the Swiss National Bank commissioned the two painters Victor Surbeck and Hans Erni to design new notes. While the 1000-franc, 100-franc and 50-franc notes went into print, the 500-franc note did not progress beyond the proof stage. None of the notes were ever put into circulation. (Recommended reading: The Swiss banknote 1907–1997, Michel de Rivaz, COLLECTION LA MEMOIRE DE L'OEIL, ISBN 2-88100-080-0)

1000

Portrait front
Woman's head in right-hand side medallion
Motif back
Turbine
Prevailing colour
purplish blue
Graphic artist
Hans Erni
Format (mm)
125x228
Date of first issue
Reserve note
Print
Orell Füssli, Zurich

500

Portrait front
Woman's head in right-hand side medallion
Motif back
Chemistry
Prevailing colour
reddish brown
Graphic artist
Hans Erni
Format (mm)
116x210
Date of first issue
Reserve note
Print
Orell Füssli, Zurich

100

Portrait front
Woman from Haslital in right-hand side medallion
Motif back
Ornaments, rosette, and numeral of value
Prevailing colour
blue
Graphic artist
Victor Surbek
Format (mm)
106x190
Date of first issue
Reserve note
Print
Orell Füssli, Zurich

50

Portrait front
Woman's head in right-hand side medallion
Motif back
Bull
Prevailing colour
green
Graphic artist
Hans Erni
Format (mm)
96x167
Date of first issue
Reserve note
Print
Orell Füssli, Zurich