Seventh banknote series, 1984

The banknotes of the seventh series were designed by Roger and Elisabeth Pfund, who had won the competition for the sixth series. However, as the Swiss National Bank eventually decided in favour of the designs by Ernst and Ursula Hiestand, Roger and Elisabeth Pfund were instead asked to design the reserve series. These reserve banknotes were never put into circulation and were duly destroyed. The seventh series was the last reserve series. Rather than developing a new reserve series, the security features of the eighth series were continually improved. (Recommended reading: The Swiss banknote 1907–1997, Michel de Rivaz, Collection la mémoire de l’oeil, ISBN 2-88100-080-0)

  • 1000

    Portrait front: Louis Agassiz
    Motif front:
    Structure of the surface of a seashell
    Motif back:
    Perch: head, skeleton and fossil; Structure of the scales of a perch; Ammonite
    Main
    colour: Purple
    Design:
    Roger and Elisabeth Pfund
    Dimensions:
    86 x 192 mm
    Date of issue:
    Reserve note
    Printing:
    Orell Füssli, Zurich

  • 500

    Portrait front: Albrecht von Haller
    Motif front:
    Hexagonal cell structure; Cell tissue
    Motif back:
    18th-century anatomical plate; X-ray of the human thorax; Mountains (referring to the poem 'The Alps')
    Main
    colour: Brown
    Design:
    Roger and Elisabeth Pfund
    Dimensions:
    82 x 181 mm
    Date of issue:
    Reserve note
    Printing:
    Orell Füssli, Zurich

  • 100

    Portrait front: Francesco Borromini
    Motif front:
    Architectural motif from San Giovanni in Laterano
    Motif back:
    Elevation of the lantern and spire of Sant’Ivo; Floor plan of San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane; Dove with olive branch
    Main
    colour: Dark blue
    Design:
    Roger and Elisabeth Pfund
    Dimensions:
    78 x 170 mm
    Date of issue:
    Reserve note
    Printing:
    Orell Füssli, Zurich

  • 50

    Portrait front: Konrad Gessner
    Motif front:
    Branch of a dwarf cherry tree; Foliage of the bush
    Motif back:
    Golden eagle from a woodcut in the Historia Animalium; Metamorphosis of animals; Latin text referring to the seven-headed hydra taken from the Historia Animalium
    Main
    colour: Green
    Design:
    Roger and Elisabeth Pfund
    Dimensions:
    74 x 159 mm
    Date of issue:
    Reserve note
    Printing:
    Orell Füssli, Zurich

  • 20

    Portrait front: Horace-Bénédict de Saussure
    Motif front:
    Quartz crystals; Hornblende bundle
    Motif back:
    Hair hygrometer; View of Chamonix valley and the Mont Blanc massif; Expedition to the Tacul glacier
    Main
    colour: Light blue
    Design:
    Roger and Elisabeth Pfund
    Dimensions:
    70 x 148 mm
    Date of issue:
    Reserve note
    Printing:
    Orell Füssli, Zurich

  • 10

    Portrait front: Leonhard Euler
    Motif front:
    Development of the polyhedron; The Königsberg bridges
    Motif back:
    Gamma function; Table for the calculation of numbers; Diagram of the solar system
    Main
    colour: Reddish brown
    Design:
    Roger and Elisabeth Pfund
    Dimensions:
    66 x 137 mm
    Date of issue:
    Reserve note
    Printing:
    Orell Füssli, Zurich