About #59 - 1000 francs Type 1977
Switzerland. Swiss National Bank (Schweizerische Nationalbank). Sixth issue (1976-1979). The banknote is dated 1977 but is only issued from 04-04-1978. Permanently removed from circulation on 01-05-2000. Work of Ernst and Ursula Hiestand. Printer: Art Institute Orell Füssli AG, Zurich. Dimensions: 192 x 86 mm. Watermark: Portrait of Auguste Forel. Security thread incorporated in the paper and visible by transparency. The SNB's translation texts are printed in brown on both sides and in four languages: Romansh, French, German and Italian. Front and back: Multicolored purple print. Front: in the foreground, a portrait of the psychiatrist, neurologist and entomologist "Auguste Forel (1848-1931)", from a photo of 1924. Forell is considered the father of Swiss psychiatry. To the left of the portrait, under the value, a cross section of the human brain on a background composed of nerve cells. On the outside of the illustration, the two raised vertical purple bars are intended to facilitate the recognition of the note by the blind. The value "1000" is printed in the left side of the thumbnail. This value is repeated smaller in the lower right corner. Six issue dates and fourteen signature variants with the Chairman of the Board and a member of the Executive Board. Back: composition in vertical. Both signatures are printed in purple. The value "1000" is printed roughly in the vignette representing three ants and the vertical section of an anthill. The banknote number is repeated twice outside and inside the illustration and printed in black. The first two digits preceding the serial number letter indicate the date of issue. Known specimen with signature # 48, numbered "s / n 00 A 0000000", perforated "SPECIMEN" in vertical and overloaded "SPECIMEN" in red and oblique front and back. A three-digit specimen number is printed in black near the perforation. The banknote is still refundable until 01-05-2020. This 1000 francs was counterfeited in the 1990s by Hans-Jörg Mühlematter de Wettingen (born in 1934), a printing artist and famous Swiss counterfeiter and 200 copies of his counterfeit notes have still not been found. Other Reference: TBB (The Banknote Book): B342.
Signatures #48 : Brenno Galli / Leo Schürmann.
Signatures #50 : Brenno Galli / Fritz Leutwiler.
Signatures #51 : Brenno Galli / Pierre Languetin.
Signatures #52 : Edmund Wyss / Leo Schürmann.
Signatures #53 : Edmund Wyss / Pierre Languetin.
Signatures #54 : Edmund Wyss / Fritz Leutwiler.
Signatures #55 : Edmund Wyss / Markus Lusser.
Signatures #57 : François Schaller / Markus Lusser.
Signatures #58 : François Schaller / Pierre Languetin.
Signatures #59 : François Schaller / Hans Meyer.
Signatures #60 : François Schaller / Jean Zwahlen.
Signatures #61 : Peter Gerber / Markus Lusser.
Signatures #63 : Peter Gerber / Jean Zwahlen.
Signatures #64 : Peter Gerber / Hans Meyer.