About #16 - 5 francs Type 1914 (IT)
Swiss. La Cassa federale (Die Eidgenössische Staatskasse). Issue of 1914. The banknote is identical to Pick: # 14. 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 Italian and printed in blue, except the seven-digit number, the date and the 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 Fund, 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. Other known specimen numbered "0000000", undated, unsigned with 6 horizontal cancellations at signatures. 250000 banknotes were printed. Copies encountered: 1825860, 1878884, 1953480. Other Reference: TBB (The Banknote Book): B103.
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