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Fifth banknote series, 1956

The four higher-denomination notes, which were issued from 1957, formed a thematic and formal unity for the first time in the history of Swiss banknotes, in that the portrait on the front is connected with the motif on the back of the note. It was the first time that a 10-franc note was not only designed and printed but also issued. (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 on the right
Motif back
Danse macabre
Main colour
Purple
Design
Pierre Gauchat
Dimensions
125 x 228 mm
Date of issue
14 June 1957
Date of recall
1 May 1980
Worthless from
1 May 2000
Printing
De La Rue, London

500

Portrait front
Woman's head on the right
Motif back
Fountain of youth
Main colour
Reddish brown
Design
Pierre Gauchat
Dimensions
115 x 210 mm
Date of issue
14 June 1957
Date of recall
1 May 1980
Worthless from
1 May 2000
Printing
Waterlow/De La Rue, London

100

Portrait front
Boy's head on the right
Motif back
St. Martin
Main colour
Dark blue
Design
Pierre Gauchat
Dimensions
105 x 191 mm
Date of issue
14 June 1957
Date of recall
1 May 1980
Worthless from
1 May 2000
Printing
De La Rue, London

50

Portrait front
Girl's head on the right
Motif back
Apple harvest
Main colour
Green
Design
Pierre Gauchat
Dimensions
95 x 173 mm
Date of issue
14 June 1957
Date of recall
1 May 1980
Worthless from
1 May 2000
Printing
Waterlow/De La Rue, London

20

Portrait front
General Dufour on the right
Motif back
Thistle
Main colour
Light blue
Design
Hermann Eidenbenz
Dimensions
85 x 155 mm
Date of issue
29 March 1956
Date of recall
1 May 1980
Worthless from
1 May 2000
Printing
Orell Füssli, Zurich

10

Portrait front
Gottfried Keller (Swiss poet) on the right
Motif back
Geum flowers
Main colour
Brownish red
Design
Hermann Eidenbenz
Dimensions
75 x 137 mm
Date of issue
1 Octobre 1956
Date of recall
1 May 1980
Worthless from
1 May 2000
Printing
Orell Füssli, Zurich