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100 Franken 1945, Switzerland

in Krause book Number: 35s
Years of issue: 15.03.1945
Edition: Serie: 14A-14Z 2500000
Signatures: Der Präsident des Bankrates: Prof. Dr. Gottlieb Bachmann (1939 - 1947), Der Hauptkassier: Herr Erich Blumer (1936 - 1954), Ein Mitglied des Direktoriums: Dr. Paul Rossy (1937 - 1955)
Serie: Second Series
Specimen of: 01.04.1924
Material: 100% raw cotton
Size (mm): 181 х 115
Printer: Waterlow and Sons Limited, London

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100 Franken 1945




100 Franken 1945

On the left side - Ferdinand Hodler, Portrait of Berthe Hodler (Hodler's wife) for the 100-Franken banknote, "Mourning Woman", Study for "Eurhythmy" - recto + draft for "Enchanted boy".

Berthe Hodler

Made specifically for the image on 100 Franken banknote by pencil and ink on paper.

Size: 21 × 14.5 cm. Was sold at Sotheby's in Zurich in 2009, for the 15000 - 20000 Swiss francs.

Centered, on the background, under the denomination in numeral is the silver cross as Swiss emblem. The cross reminds us that Switzerland's sovereignty is inviolable. For many centuries, the logo has remained virtually unchanged.

Around denomination on background is meadow grass.

Denominations in numerals are in three corners and centered on background, in numeral and in words centered, on the foreground.


100 Franken 1945

Der Mäher

"Der Mäher" - "The working mower", Oil on canvas, 1910.

In April 1908 the Swiss National Bank, by the commission of five members, sent the request to the artist Ferdinand Hodler for the illustrations to the new 50 - and 100-Franken notes. Hodler was already well known for his painting "Marigano" and a portrait of the governor of the canton Waadt - Eugène Burnand.

Topic images had to have relevance to agricultural work. For 100 Franken the artist chose Mower motif as a symbol of rural Switzerland.

Denominations in numerals are in all corners.


Graphic artist: Ferdinand Hodler.

Ferdinand Hodler (March 14, 1853, Berne - May 19, 1918, Geneva) was one of the best-known Swiss painters of the nineteenth century. His early works were portraits, landscapes, and genre paintings in a realistic style. Later, he adopted a personal form of symbolism he called Parallelism.

These notes, which were first issued between 1911 and 1914, were replaced in 1956-57. This represents an extraordinarily long life-span. The 5-franc note was intended to replace the silver 5-franc coin, which was stockpiled during times of war or serious crisis and thus effectively removed from payment transactions. Of all the National SNB's denominations, this note was in circulation for the longest period of time and was only recalled in 1980.