Print

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 ten-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
Prevailing colour
purple
Graphic artist
Pierre Gauchat
Format (mm)
125x228
Date of first issue
14.06.1957
Date of recall
01.05.1980
Worthless from
01.05.2000
Print
De La Rue, London

500

Portrait front
Woman's head on the right
Motif back
Fountain of youth
Prevailing colour
reddish brown
Graphic artist
Pierre Gauchat
Format (mm)
115x210
Date of first issue
14.06.1957
Date of recall
01.05.1980
Worthless from
01.05.2000
Print
Waterlow / De La Rue, London

100

Portrait front
Boy's head on the right
Motif back
St. Martin
Prevailing colour
dark blue
Graphic artist
Pierre Gauchat
Format (mm)
105x191
Date of first issue
14.06.1957
Date of recall
01.05.1980
Worthless from
01.05.2000
Print
De La Rue, London

50

Portrait front
Girl's head on the right
Motif back
Apple harvest
Prevailing colour
green
Graphic artist
Pierre Gauchat
Format (mm)
95x173
Date of first issue
14.06.1957
Date of recall
01.05.1980
Worthless from
01.05.2000
Print
Waterlow / De La Rue, London

20

Portrait front
General Dufour on the right
Motif back
Thistle
Prevailing colour
light blue
Graphic artist
Hermann Eidenbenz
Format (mm)
85x155
Date of first issue
29.03.1956
Date of recall
01.05.1980
Worthless from
01.05.2000
Print
Orell Füssli, Zurich

10

Portrait front
Gottfried Keller (Swiss poet) on the right
Motif back
Bennet blossoms
Prevailing colour
brownish red
Graphic artist
Hermann Eidenbenz
Format (mm)
75x137
Date of first issue
01.10.1956
Date of recall
01.05.1980
Worthless from
01.05.2000
Print
Orell Füssli, Zurich