Switzerland. Federal Treasury (Die Eidgenössische Staatskasse). Issue of 1914. The banknote is dated in Bern from 10-08-1914 but is not circulated until 14-08-1914. Work by Ernst Stückelberg. Printer: Bradbury, Wilkinson & Co., London. Dimensions: 116 x 75 mm. No watermark. No security thread. Front and back: print predominantly blue and brown. On the front: a frame composed of rosettes and repetitive ornaments. Beige security background alternating Swiss cross and value in figures. In the center at the top, the Swiss cross in white is placed on a blue coat of arms. All texts are in German and printed in blue, except seven-digit numbering, date and signatures in black. The value "5" is printed roughly and blue in the center in the security background. On the sides in oval medallions, an allegory of Liberty with a woman wearing a diadem on which is inscribed the word "Libertas" on the left and a portrait of "Arnold Winkelried" on the right, one of the legendary heroes of Swiss history. Two types of signatures: for the Finance Department, Giuseppe Motta and for the Federal Treasury, E. Henzer. On the back: a beige safety background alternating the Swiss cross and the value in figures, framing a rosette and ornaments in blue with the value "5" in white repeated twice. In the center, the value in letters is printed in three languages: French, German and Italian. The specimen is known as "A 00001" or unnumbered, unsigned and perforated "SPECIMEN BW & Co. LONDON" in the right place and upside down. Another known specimen numbered "2750000" overprinted "SPECIMEN" in red diagonally on the front with two perforations of cancellation on the signatures. Another known specimen numbered "2850000" overprinted "SPECIMEN" in red horizontal on the front. 1250000 banknotes have been printed. Copies encountered: 0064371, 0065610, 0145303, 0236180, 0333457, 0565286, 0727287. Other Reference: TBB (The Banknote Book): B101.
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