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 medallion
Motif back
Turbine
Main colour
Purplish blue
Design
Hans Erni
Dimensions
125 x 228 mm
Date of issue
Reserve note
Printing
Orell Füssli, Zurich

500

Portrait front
Woman's head in right-hand medallion
Motif back
Chemistry
Main colour
Reddish brown
Design
Hans Erni
Dimensions
116 x 210 mm
Date of issue
Reserve note
Printing
Orell Füssli, Zurich

100

Portrait front
Woman from Haslital in right-hand medallion
Motif back
Ornaments, rosette, value numeral
Main colour
Blue
Design
Victor Surbek
Dimensions
106 x 190 mm
Date of issue
Reserve note
Printing
Orell Füssli, Zurich

50

Portrait front
Woman's head in right-hand medallion
Motif back
Bull
Main colour
Green
Design
Hans Erni
Dimensions
96 x 167 mm
Date of issue
Reserve note
Printing
Orell Füssli, Zurich