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Fifth banknote series, 1956

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The four higher-denomination notes, which were issued from 1957, formed a thematic and formal unity for the first time in the history of Swiss banknotes, in that the portrait on the front is connected with the motif on the back of the note. It was the first time that a 10-franc note was not only designed and printed but also issued. (Recommended reading: The Swiss banknote 1907–1997, Michel de Rivaz, COLLECTION LA MEMOIRE DE L'OEIL, ISBN 2-88100-080-0)

1000

Portrait front: Woman's head on the right
Motif back:
Danse macabre
Main
colour: Purple 
Design:
Pierre Gauchat
Dimensions:
125 x 228 mm
Date of issue:
14 June 1957
Date of recall:
1 May 1980
Worthless from:
1 May 2000
Printing:
De La Rue, London 

500

Portrait front: Woman's head on the right
Motif back:
Fountain of youth
Main
colour: Reddish brown
Design:
Pierre Gauchat
Dimensions:
115 x 210 mm
Date of issue:
14 June 1957
Date of recall:
1 May 1980
Worthless from:
1 May 2000
Printing:
Waterlow/De La Rue, London

100

Portrait front: Boy's head on the right 
Motif back:
St. Martin
Main
colour: Dark blue
Design:
Pierre Gauchat
Dimensions:
105 x 191 mm
Date of issue:
14 June 1957
Date of recall:
1 May 1980
Worthless from:
1 May 2000
Printing:
De La Rue, London

50

Portrait front: Girl's head on the right
Motif back:
Apple harvest
Main
colour: Green
Design:
Pierre Gauchat
Dimensions: 95 x 173 mm
Date of issue:
14 June 1957
Date of recall:
1 May 1980
Worthless from:
1 May 2000
Printing:
Waterlow/De La Rue, London

20

Portrait front: General Dufour on the right
Motif back:
Thistle
Main
colour: Light blue
Design:
Hermann Eidenbenz
Dimensions:
85 x 155 mm
Date of issue:
29 March 1956
Date of recall:
1 May 1980
Worthless from:
1 May 2000
Printing:
Orell Füssli, Zurich

10

Portrait front: Gottfried Keller (Swiss poet) on the right
Motif back:
Geum flowers
Main
colour: Brownish red
Design:
Hermann Eidenbenz
Dimensions:
75 x 137 mm
Date of issue:
1 Octobre 1956
Date of recall:
1 May 1980
Worthless from:
1 May 2000
Printing:
Orell Füssli, Zurich