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In the French Revolution of 1789, an unstable Republic was born in 1792, with instability eventually quelled by the rise of Napoléon Bonaparte in 1799 and 1804. France's eventual domination of Europe ended with his defeats at Borodino and Leipzig then Waterloo in 1815. The unstable regimes set up in France in the 19th century saw various revolutions in 1830, 1848, 1852, and 1871; the latter seeing Germany overtake France as the major European power after Napoléon III's defeat at Sedan (1870), and France's alignment with Britain and Russia in the lead up to WWI, which again saw France become the major power in Europe. This ended with appeasement in the 1930s leading to the fall of France early in WWII in 1940, with the Free French under Charles de Gaulle eventually liberating Occupied and Vichy France by 1944 with Allied help. Decolonization and the establishment of the 5th Republic under De Gaulle contributed mostly to the making of modern France, which today is the largest country on the continent, and co-founder of the EEC/EU. France maintained a constant Franc from 1795 onwards, with a revaluation (the New Franc) in 1960, until the switch to the Euro in 1999/2001. Read more

See also: French Notgeld, French colonies, France - Feudal

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Livre tournois (781-1795)

3 Deniers = 1 Liard = 1/2 Double • 12 Deniers = 1 Sol • 20 Sols = 2 Testons = 1 Livre • 1 Livre and 4 Deniers = 1 Franc

15 Sols
1792-1793
Standard banknote
P# A65, P# A54, P# A69
25 Sols (assignat de ...)
1792
Standard banknote
P# A55
50 Sols
1792-1793
Standard banknote
94 × 83 mm
P# A56, P# A70
5 Livres
1791-1792
Standard banknote
64 × 96 mm
P# A42 / A49 / A50 / A57 / A60 / A61
5 Livres (assignat of ...)
1793
Standard banknote
115 × 81 mm
P# A76
10 livres (assignat de...)
1791-1792
Standard banknote
P# A51 / A66
10 sous (assignat de...)
1792
Standard banknote
P# A53
25 Livres - assignat de ...
1791-1792
Standard banknote
72 × 129 mm
P# A52 / A67
25 livres (assignat de...)
1793
Standard banknote
P# A71
50 Livres (assignat de ...)
1790-1792
Standard banknote
P# A34 / A43 / A58 / A62
250 Livres
2 (1793)
Standard banknote
100 × 164 mm
P# A75
500 Livres
1790
Standard banknote
133 × 194 mm
P# A40
500 Livres (assignat de ...)
1794
Standard banknote
174 × 116 mm
P# A77

Franc (1795-1959)

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

5 Francs - Blue, denomination black, type 1871
1871-1874
Standard banknote
80 × 125 mm
P# 60, Fay# 01
5 Francs - blue, black denomination (type 1871 overloaded)
1873
Standard banknote
80 × 125 mm
P# 60, Fay# 01ter
Available for swap
5 Francs - Violet (type 1917)
1905-1933
Standard banknote
80 × 125 mm
P# 72, Fay# 03
5 Francs - Blue, type 1905
1906-1917
Standard banknote
80 × 125 mm
P# 70, Fay# 02
5 Francs - Blue (type 1905, inverted lion)
1912-1916
Standard banknote
80 × 128 mm
P# 70, Fay# 02bis
Available for swap
5 Francs Violet modifié
1939-1940
Standard banknote
80 × 125 mm
P# 83, Fay# 04
Available for swap
5 Francs (Berger)
1943-1947
Standard banknote
64 × 100 mm
P# 98, Fay# 05

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Numista referee for banknotes of this issuer is Arendil, Eagle68.

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