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