About #13 - 40 francs type 1914
Switzerland. Swiss National Bank (Schweizerische Nationalbank). Second issue (1910-1955). Banknote dated 01-09-1914 but not issued and kept in reserve!Work by Balzer (collaborator of Orell Füssli). Printer: Art Institute Orell Füssli in Zurich. Dimensions: 144 x 82 mm. No watermark. No security thread. Front and back: print in brown, cream and purple. Front: frame with rosettes and ornaments. The numbering, the alphabet, the labels, the place and date of issue and the signatures are printed in black. The value "40" is repeated twice to the right in medallions. In the center at the top, the Swiss cross in white. The texts are printed in three languages: French, German and Italian. On the left, a medallion portrait of "Winkelried", legendary hero of Swiss history who allowed the Confederates to win the victory over the troops of Duke Leopold III of Habsburg during the Battle of Sempach in 1386. Three types of signatures with The Cashier K.Bornhauser, Chairman of the Board of the Bank Johann-Daniel Hirter and Director Heinrich Kundert. Back: frame composed of rosettes and ornaments with the value "40" roughly in the center and repeated four times in medallion in the corners. Other Reference: TBB (The Banknote Book): B310.