First banknote series (1907)

During the period between the establishment of the Swiss National Bank and the opening of its counters, there was not enough time to create new banknotes. It was therefore decided to print the first notes, the so-called interim notes, according to the pattern used by earlier banks of issue, adding an overprint in the form of a red rosette with the Swiss cross.
(Recommended reading: The Swiss banknote 1907–1997, Michel de Rivaz, COLLECTION LA MEMOIRE DE L'OEIL, ISBN 2-88100-080-0)

  • 1000

    First banknote series, 1907, 1000 franc note, front
    First banknote series, 1907, 1000 franc note, back

    Portrait front: Helvetia
    Motif back:
    Ornaments
    Main colour:
    Purple
    Dimensions:
    132 x 215 mm
    Date of issue:
    20 June 1907
    Date of recall:
    1 July 1925
    Worthless from:
    1 July 1945
    Printing:
    Copper plates: Bradbury Wilkinson Ltd., London
    Typography and numbering: Stämpfli & Co., Berne
    Intaglio printing: Benziger & Co., Einsiedeln

  • 500

    First banknote series, 1907, 500 franc note, front
    First banknote series, 1907, 500 franc note, back

    Portrait front: Helvetia
    Motif back:
    Ornaments
    Main colour:
    Green
    Dimensions:
    126 x 199 mm
    Date of issue:
    20 June 1907
    Date of recall:
    1 July 1925
    Worthless from:
    1 July 1945
    Printing:
    Copper plates: Bradbury Wilkinson Ltd., London
    Typography and numbering: Stämpfli & Co., Berne
    Intaglio printing: Benziger & Co., Einsiedeln

  • 100

    First banknote series, 1907, 100 franc note, front
    First banknote series, 1907, 100 franc note, back

    Portrait front: Helvetia
    Motif back:
    Ornaments
    Main colour:
    Blue
    Dimensions:
    116 x 183 mm
    Date of issue:
    20 June 1907
    Date of recall:
    1 July 1925
    Worthless from:
    1 July 1945
    Printing:
    Copper plates: Bradbury Wilkinson Ltd., London
    Typography and numbering: Stämpfli & Co., Berne
    Intaglio printing: Benziger & Co., Einsiedeln

  • 50

    First banknote series, 1907, 50 franc note, front
    First banknote series, 1907, 50 franc note, back

    Portrait front: Helvetia
    Motif back:
    Ornaments
    Main colour:
    Yellowish green
    Dimensions:
    103 x 166 mm
    Date of issue:
    20 June 1907
    Date of recall:
    1 July 1925
    Worthless from:
    1 July 1945
    Printing:
    Copper plates: Bradbury Wilkinson Ltd., London
    Typography and numbering: Stämpfli & Co., Berne
    Intaglio printing: Benziger & Co., Einsiedeln