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Sixth banknote series, 1976

At the end of the 1960s, 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, as well as producers of paper, printing inks 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 historical personality. The topic on the back of each note 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)

These banknotes were recalled on 1 May 2000 and are no longer legal tender. They can still be exchanged at the SNB, however, at full face value for 20 years from the date of recall, i.e. until 30 April 2020.

Instruction sheet for exchanging recalled banknotes
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1000

Portrait front
Auguste Forel
(1848–1931)
Psychiatrist, neurologist, entomologist
Motif back
Three ants, cross-section of an anthill
Main colour
Purple
Design
Ernst and Ursula Hiestand
Dimensions
86 x 192 mm
Date of issue
4 April 1978
Date of recall
1 May 2000
Worthless from
1 May 2020
Printing
Orell Füssli, Zurich

500

Portrait front
Albrecht von Haller
(1708–1777)
Physician, naturalist and poet
Motif back
Human musculature, the respiratory and circulatory systems, purple orchid
Main colour
Brown
Design
Ernst and Ursula Hiestand
Dimensions
82 x 181 mm
Date of issue
4 April 1977
Date of recall
1 May 2000
Worthless from
1 May 2020
Printing
Orell Füssli, Zurich

100

Portrait front
Francesco Borromini
(1599–1667)
Architect
Motif back
Lantern and cupola of Sant’Ivo church, with floor plan
Main colour
Dark blue
Design
Ernst and Ursula Hiestand
Dimensions
78 x 170 mm
Date of issue
4 October 1976
Date of recall
1 May 2000
Worthless from
1 May 2020
Printing
Orell Füssli, Zurich

50

Portrait front
Konrad Gessner
(1516–1565)
Universal scholar
Motif back
Eagle owl, primula, stars
Main colour
Green
Design
Ernst and Ursula Hiestand
Dimensions
74 x 159 mm
Date of issue
4 October 1978
Date of recall
1 May 2000
Worthless from
1 May 2020
Printing
Orell Füssli, Zurich

20

Portrait front
Horace-Bénédict de Saussure
(1740–1799)
Geologist
Motif back
Mountain range, group of alpinists, ammonite
Main colour
Light blue
Design
Ernst and Ursula Hiestand
Dimensions
70 x 148 mm
Date of issue
4 April 1979
Date of recall
1 May 2000
Worthless from
1 May 2020
Printing
Orell Füssli, Zurich

10

Portrait front
Leonhard Euler
(1707–1783)
Mathematician
Motif back
Water turbine, the solar system, light rays passing through lenses
Main colour
Reddish brown
Design
Ernst and Ursula Hiestand
Dimensions
66 x 137 mm
Date of issue
5 November 1979
Date of recall
1 May 2000
Worthless from
1 May 2020
Printing
Orell Füssli, Zurich