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 › Aisne, Department of • Franc (notgeld, 1914-1931)

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

1 franc - departments of Aisne, Ardennes and La Marne
1916

Local banknote
90 × 60 mm
JP1418# 02 - 1309

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

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

5 Francs - Hauteville
1917

Local banknote
120 × 75 mm
JP1418# pages 41/42

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

un franc - Chambre de Commerce de Montluçon - Gannat (03)
1915

Local banknote
100 × 60 mm
JP# 84- 15/16/17

France › French Notgeld › Alpes Maritimes, Department of › Nice, Commune of • Franc (notgeld, 1914-1931)

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

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

100 Centimes = 1 Franc