Fourth banknote series, 1938

During the Second World War, the Swiss National Bank commissioned the two painters – Victor Surbeck and Hans Erni – to design new notes. While the 1000-franc, 100-franc and 50-franc notes went into print, the 500-franc note did not progress beyond the proof stage. None of the notes were ever put into circulation. (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 in right-hand medallion
    Motif back:
    Turbine
    Main
    colour: Purplish blue
    Design:
    Hans Erni
    Dimensions:
    125 x 228 mm
    Date of issue:
    Reserve note
    Printing:
    Orell Füssli, Zurich

  • 500

    Portrait front: Woman's head in right-hand medallion
    Motif back:
    Chemistry
    Main
    colour: Reddish brown
    Design:
    Hans Erni
    Dimensions:
    116 x 210 mm
    Date of issue:
    Reserve note
    Printing:
    Orell Füssli, Zurich

  • 100

    Portrait front: Woman from Haslital in right-hand medallion
    Motif back:
    Ornaments, rosette, value numeral
    Main
    colour: Blue
    Design:
    Victor Surbek
    Dimensions:
    106 x 190 mm
    Date of issue:
    Reserve note
    Printing:
    Orell Füssli, Zurich

  • 50

    Portrait front: Woman's head in right-hand medallion
    Motif back:
    Bull
    Main
    colour: Green
    Design:
    Hans Erni
    Dimensions:
    96 x 167 mm
    Date of issue:
    Reserve note
    Printing:
    Orell Füssli, Zurich