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Sixth banknote series, 1976

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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

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