Third banknote series (1918)

Between 1918 and 1930, these notes were either designed and issued periodically as 'war notes', or else they were printed as reserve notes. (Recommended reading: The Swiss banknote 1907–1997, Michel de Rivaz, COLLECTION LA MEMOIRE DE L'OEIL, ISBN 2-88100-080-0)

  • 100

    Third banknote series, 1918, 100 franc note, front
    Third banknote series, 1918, 100 franc note, back

    Portrait front: William Tell in left-hand medallion
    Motif back:
    Ornaments, rosette, Jungfrau massif
    Main colour:
    Brown and blue
    Design:
    Balzer (Orell Füssli employee)
    Dimensions:
    115 x 180 mm
    Date of issue:
    27 September 1918
    Date of recall:
    1 July 1925
    Worthless from:
    1 July 1945
    Printing:
    Orell Füssli, Zurich

  • 100

    Third banknote series, 1918, 100 franc note, front
    Third banknote series, 1918, 100 franc note, back

    Portrait front: William Tell in left-hand medallion
    Motif back:
    Ornaments, rosette, Jungfrau massif
    Main colour:
    Brown and blue
    Design:
    Balzer (Orell Füssli employee)
    Dimensions:
    115 x 180 mm
    Date of issue:
    Reserve note
    Printing:
    Orell Füssli, Zurich

  • 20

    Third banknote series, 1918, 20 franc note, front
    Third banknote series, 1918, 20 franc note, back

    Portrait front: 'Pestalozzi' (Swiss educationalist) in right-hand medallion
    Motif back:
    Swiss cross in centre of note
    Main colour:
    Blue
    Design:
    Picture: Felix Maria Diogg
    Line drawing: Traugott Willi
    Dimensions:
    86 x 143 mm
    Date of issue:
    15 July 1930
    Date of recall:
    1 April 1956
    Worthless from:
    1 April 1976
    Printing:
    Orell Füssli, Zurich

  • 20

    Third banknote series, 1918, 20 franc note, front
    Third banknote series, 1918, 20 franc note, back

    Portrait front: 'Pestalozzi' (Swiss educationalist) in right-hand medallion
    Motif back:
    Swiss cross in centre of note
    Main colour:
    Blue
    Design:
    Orell Füssli
    Dimensions:
    86 x 143 mm
    Date of issue:
    Reserve note
    Printing:
    Orell Füssli, Zurich

  • 20

    Third banknote series, 1918, 20 franc note, front
    Third banknote series, 1918, 20 franc note, back

    Portrait front: Woman from Fribourg in left-hand medallion
    Motif back:
    Ornaments, rosette, value numeral
    Main colour:
    Greyish blue
    Design:
    Based on a picture by Pietro Chiesa
    Dimensions:
    88 x 14 mm
    Date of issue:
    Reserve note
    Printing:
    Orell Füssli, Zurich