Switzerland. Swiss National Bank (Schweizerische Nationalbank). Second Issue (1910-1955). The notes of the first series are dated 01-01-1910 but the entry into circulation is effective only from 22-12-1911. The banknote is definitively withdrawn on 01-10-1958. Work of Ferdinand Hodler. Printer: Waterlow & Sons Ltd., London. Dimensions: 165 x 106 mm. No watermark. No security thread. Front and back: print in green, orange and blue. Front: vignette composed of rosettes and ornaments. The numbering, the alphabet, the labels, the place and date of issue and the signatures are printed in black. The value "50" is repeated three times in the corners of the thumbnail. The texts are printed in three languages: French, German and Italian. Law text: "Gesetz vom 6. Okt. 1905 ". On the left below, inset portrait of "Jeanne Charles Cerani-Cizic", model and mistress of Ferdinand Hodler and the only one having managed to constitute a large collection of works of the artist, much of which is today exhibited at the National Gallery of Sarajevo. Four Issue Dates and Nine Variations of Signatures with The Cashier, The Chairman of the Board of the Bank and The Director. Back: frame composed of rosettes and ornaments with the value "50" repeated four times in medallion in the corners. In the center, painter Ferdinand Hodler's Der Holzfäller (the woodcutter) cutting a tree with an ax. Counterfeits are known for Type: 1917 and 1920. Specimen known unnumbered and unsigned with "SPECIMEN" overprint in red and diagonally on the front and back with sometimes cancellation perforations. 117153 copies are not returned. Other Reference: TBB (The Banknote Book): B311.
Note: In the prefixes of some notes, the Greek letter Ω (Omega) is used instead of the letter "O" to avoid confusion with the niumber "0" (zero) used in s/n.
Signatures #1 : A. Chevallier / Johann-Daniel Hirter / Heinrich Kundert.
Signatures #2 : A. Chevallier / Johann-Daniel Hirter / Rodolphe de Haller.
Signatures #3 : A. Chevallier / Johann-Daniel Hirter / Auguste Burckhardt.
Signatures #4 : K.Bornhauser / Johann-Daniel Hirter / Heinrich Kundert.
Signatures #5 : K. Bornhauser / Johann-Daniel Hirter / Rodolphe de Haller.
Signatures #6 : K. Bornhauser / Johann-Daniel Hirter / Auguste Burckhardt.
Signatures #7 : K. Bornhauser / Johann-Daniel Hirter / Adolphe Jöhr.
Signatures #8 : K. Bornhauser / Johann-Daniel Hirter / Gottlieb Bachmann.
Signatures #9 : K. Bornhauser / Johann-Daniel Hirter / Charles Schnyder Von Wartensee.