About #73 - 200 francs type 1996
Switzerland. Swiss National Bank (Schweizerische Nationalbank). Eighth issue (1994-2014). The banknote is dated 1996 but is only issued from 01-10-1997. Work by Jörg Zintzmeyer. Printer: Art Institute Orell Füssli AG, Zurich. Dimensions: 74 x 170 mm. Watermark: Charles Ferdinand Ramuz. Front and back: Multicolored print predominantly brown. Front: composition in vertical with a portrait of the writer "Charles Ferdinand Ramuz (1878-1947)", made from vintage photos. Top left, a photo showing the artist at work. At the bottom of the front, a blue square in relief is intended to facilitate the recognition of the note by the blind. The SNB's translation texts are printed in vertical double-sided, black and blue and in four languages: Romansh, French, German and Italian. In addition to the traditional protection marks (watermark, security thread, double-sided mark, etc.), the banknote contains five new special security features arranged vertically on the left-hand side and in the center of the note and identified by eight letters (A to H). These security features are essentially incorporated into the "200" number value: the magic number, the color number, the dancing number (in the center above the portrait), the chameleon number and the scintillating number. Five issue dates and thirteen signature variants with The Chairman of the Board and A member of the Executive Board. Back: vertical composition with a view of the Diablerets massif, the Lavaux region near Lake Leman and the manuscript passage of a Ramuz story. Both signatures are printed in black and blue. The banknote number is repeated twice outside and inside the illustration and printed in black and purple. The first two digits preceding the serial number letter indicate the date of issue. Known specimen signed, numbered "96 A 0000000" perforated "SPECIMEN" in vertical and overprinted "SPECIMEN" in horizontal red on the front. A three-digit specimen number is printed in black next to the watermark on the reverse side under the number. Other Reference: TBB (The Banknote Book): B353.
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