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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