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 24-12-1912. The note is definitively withdrawn on 01-10-1958. Work of Eugene Burnand. Printer: Waterlow & Sons Ltd., London. Dimensions: 200 x 125 mm. No watermark. No security thread. Front and back: print in red, brown and orange. 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 "500" 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 at the bottom, a medallion portrait of a young "Appenzell" living in the Swiss canton of Appenzell. Three issue dates and seven signature variants with The Cashier, The President of the Bank Council and The Director. Back: frame composed of rosettes and ornaments with the value "500" repeated four times in medallion in the corners. In the center, a composition of the painter Eugène Burnand representing the interior of a habitat where three sitting embroiderers are on their work near a window. In the context around, the texts in three languages: French, German and Italian. Specimen known unnumbered and unsigned with "SPECIMEN" overprint in red and diagonally on the front and back with sometimes cancellation perforations. Another known specimen in green unnumbered and unsigned with two diagonal red "SPECIMEN/NO VALUE" in diagonally overprinted on the front and back with blue round W&S seal front. 6784 copies have not returned. Other Reference: TBB (The Banknote Book): B316.
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.