Switzerland. Swiss National Bank (Schweizerische Nationalbank). Third issue (1918-1952). As printing problems delayed the initial production of the 100 franc intaglio (Pick Ref: # 10 or TBB: # 325), a lithographed note was issued with a different portrait of William Tell. This banknote is dated 01-01-1918 but its circulation begins from 27-09-1918. Permanently removed from circulation on 01-07-1925. Work by Balzer (collaborator of Orell Füssli). Printer: Art Institute Orell Füssli in Zurich. Dimensions: 118 x 115 mm. No watermark. No security thread. Front and back: print in blue and brown. Front: frame with rosettes and ornaments. The numbering, the alphabet, the labels, the place, the date of issue and the signatures are printed in black. The value "100" is repeated in the corners of the thumbnail. The texts are printed in three languages: French, German and Italian. Law text: "Gesetz vom 6. Okt. 1905 ". In the center above, the Swiss cross in white in a coat of arms. In the middle of the vignette on the right in medallion, a view of the Tell chapel on Lake Lucerne. On the left, a medallion portrait of "William Tell", legendary hero of the founding myths of Switzerland. This portrait is inspired by the monument to William Tell located in Altdorf and designed by the Swiss sculptor Richard Kissling. One date of issue and three variants of signatures with The Cashier, The Chairman of the Board of the Bank and The Director. Back: frame composed of rosettes and ornaments with the value "100" repeated four times in medallion in the corners. In the center above, the Swiss cross in white in a coat of arms. In the center, in an oval whose frame takes the names of the SNB in three languages, a view of the river and the Jungfrau massif in the Bernese Alps. Known specimen dated 01-01-1918, overprinted green, unnumbered and unsigned with the surcharge "SPECIMEN" in red diagonally on the front and back. Counterfeits are known for the Type (Series 2). 2845 banknotes were not returned. Other Reference: TBB (The Banknote Book): B326.
Signatures #5 : K. Bornhauser / Johann-Daniel Hirter / Rodolphe de Haller.
Signatures #6 : K. Bornhauser / Johann-Daniel Hirter / Auguste Burckhardt.
Signatures #7 : K. Bornhauser / Johann-Daniel Hirter / Adolphe Jöhr.