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Sixth banknote series, 1976

At the end of the sixties, the Swiss National Bank completely reassessed its policy regarding the design and production of notes. For the first time, the SNB took over sole leadership of planning, organisation and implementation in cooperation with graphic artists, printers, producers of paper, print and equipment. The basic creative idea upon which the banknote series was based, i.e. the selection of topics and the graphic design, was changed as well. Six banknotes were thus created whose front is dominated by the portrait of a historic personality. The topic on the corresponding back side is always closely related to the personality depicted on the front. (Recommended reading: The Swiss banknote 19071997, Michel de Rivaz, COLLECTION LA MEMOIRE DE L'OEIL, ISBN 2-88100-080-0)

1000

Portrait front
Auguste Forel
1848 -1931
Psychiatrist, neurologist, entomologist
Motif back
Three ants and a cross-section of an anthill
Prevailing colour
purple
Graphic artist
Ernst and Ursula Hiestand
Format (mm)
86 x 192
Date of first issue
04.04.1978
Date of recall
01.05.2000
Worthless from
01.05.2020
Print
Orell Füssli, Zurich

500

Portrait front
Albrecht von Haller
1708 – 1777
Physician, naturalist and poet
Motif back
Muscular figure of a human body, graph of respiration and the circulation of the blood, and a purple orchis
Prevailing colour
brown
Graphic artist
Ernst and Ursula Hiestand
Format (mm)
82 x 181
Date of first issue
04.04.1978
Date of recall
01.05.2000
Worthless from
01.05.2020
Print
Orell Füssli, Zurich

100

Portrait front
Francesco Borromini
1599 – 1667
Architect
Motif back
Upper part of the dome-tower as well as the floor plan of the church S. Ivo
Prevailing colour
dark blue
Graphic artist
Ernst and Ursula Hiestand
Format (mm)
78 x 170
Date of first issue
04.10.1976
Date of recall
01.05.2000
Worthless from
01.05.2020
Print
Orell Füssli, Zurich

50

Portrait front
Konrad Gessner
1516 – 1565
Universal scholar
Motif back
Eagle owl, primula, stars
Prevailing colour
green
Graphic artist
Ernst and Ursula Hiestand
Format (mm)
74 x 159
Date of first issue
04.10.1978
Date of recall
01.05.2000
Worthless from
01.05.2020
Print
Orell Füssli, Zurich

20

Portrait front
Horace-Bénédict de Saussure
1740 – 1799
Geologist
Motif back
Mountain range, a group of alpinists and the Ammonshorn
Prevailing colour
light blue
Graphic artist
Ernst and Ursula Hiestand
Format (mm)
70 x 148
Date of first issue
04.04.1979
Date of recall
01.05.2000
Worthless from
01.05.2020
Print
Orell Füssli, Zurich

10

Portrait front
Leonhard Euler
1707 – 1783
Mathematician
Motif back
Water turbine, the solar system and a scheme of propagation of rays of light passing through lenses
Prevailing colour
reddish brown
Graphic artist
Ernst and Ursula Hiestand
Format (mm)
66 x 137
Date of first issue
05.11.1979
Date of recall
01.05.2000
Worthless from
01.05.2020
Print
Orell Füssli, Zurich