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Banknotes from France (notgeld)

Many cities in France issued their own currency tokens (notgeld) to circulate alongside or in the place of usually hoarded coins. Following the economic and financial turmoil created both during and by the aftermath of WWI, the franc was devalued, and subsequently silver 50 centimes, 1 franc, and 2 Franc coins began to disappear from circulation fast, due to people hoarding them for their silver value. As a result, a coinage shortage occurred, and municipalities began issuing their own replacements starting midway through the First World War, and continuing into the 1920s. The notgeld issues had ended by 1931, by which point new Chambres de Commerce issues had become widely available and circulating. Most of those coins were made of low-value metals like zinc or aluminium and stamp coins were also widely made. French colonies where the Franc circulated also issued their own notgeld during the 1920s.

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France › French Notgeld • Franc (notgeld, 1914-1931)

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

25 Centimes - Chambre de commerce du Tréport
(1915-1920)

Local banknote
90 × 58 mm
JP# 071.04/08/12/16/20/23/27/31/35/39/40/41/46/47
50 Centimes - Chamber of Commerce of Avignon
1916-1920

Local banknote
85 × 46 mm
JP# 010.07/08/09/10/11/15
50 centimes - Chambre de Commerce des CÔTES DU NORD [22]
1918

Local banknote
62 × 115 mm
JP# 111.01/02/03/04/05/11/13/14/17/19

France › French Notgeld › Aisne, Department of › Saint-Quentin and Guise, Communes of • Franc (notgeld, 1914-1931)

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

France › French Notgeld › Aisne, Department of › Saint-Quentin, Commune of • Franc (notgeld, 1914-1931)

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

25 Centimes - Ville de Saint-Quentin
1914

Local banknote
108 × 63 mm
JP1418# 02-2028

France › French Notgeld › Allier, Department of › Montluçon and Gannat, Communes of • Franc (notgeld, 1914-1931)

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

France › French Notgeld › Angoulême, Commune of • Franc (notgeld, 1914-1931)

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

2 Francs - Chamber of Commerce of Angoulême
1915-1920

101 × 65 mm
JP# 009.06/07/08/12/18/19/22/31/32/38/39/44/45/49

France › French Notgeld › Aveyron, Department of • Franc (notgeld, 1914-1931)

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

50 centimes - Chambres de Commerce de l'Aveyron [12]
1915-1921

Local banknote
88 × 54 mm
JP# 108.01/02/03/04/08/11/12/13/16/17

France › French Notgeld › Belfort, Territoire de › Belfort, Commune of • Franc (notgeld, 1914-1931)

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

50 centimes - Chambres de Commerce de Belfort
1917-1918

Local banknote
53 × 89 mm
JP# 023.26/34/35/36/41/42/43
1 Franc - Chambres de Commerce de Belfort
1915-1916

Local banknote
61 × 94 mm
JP# 023.09/10/11/12/13/14/15/16/21/22/23/24/25

France › French Notgeld › Calvados, Department of › Caen and Honfleur, Communes of • Franc (notgeld, 1914-1931)

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

France › French Notgeld › Chateauroux, Commune of • Franc (notgeld, 1914-1931)

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

1 franc - Chambres de Commerce de Chateauroux [36]
1915-1922

Local banknote
91 × 60 mm
JP# 046.19/21/23

France › French Notgeld › Côte-d'Or, Department of › Dijon, Commune of • Franc (notgeld, 1914-1931)

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

1 franc - Chambre de Commerce de Dijon (4e série)
1915-1919

Local banknote
66 × 97 mm
JP# 053.04/05/06/09/14/15/16/20/21/22

France › French Notgeld › Dordogne, Department of › Périgueux, Commune of • Franc (notgeld, 1914-1931)

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

France › French Notgeld › Drôme, Department of • Franc (notgeld, 1914-1931)

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

50 centimes - Chambre de Commerce de Valence et de la Drome
1915

Local banknote
90 × 56 mm
JP# 127.01/02/05/06

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

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