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Banknotes from France (notgeld)

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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. Read more

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

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

25 Centimes - Ville de Saint-Quentin
1914

Local banknote
108 × 63 mm
JP1418# 02-2028
Available for swap
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 - Chambre de Commerce de Lure [70]
1915-1921

Local banknote
54 × 90 mm
JP# 076.01/02/03/04/05/13/14/18/19/24/25/32/33/36/41/42
50 centimes - Chambres de Commerce de Rennes et de St Malo [35]
1915-1922

114 × 70 mm
JP# 105.01/02/06/08/10/13/14/17/19/21/23/25
50 centimes - Chambre de Commerce d'Avignon [84]
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
1 Franc - Ville de Metz [57]
1918

Local banknote
JP# 131.04/05

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

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

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 › 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

France › French Notgeld › Finistère, Department of › Quimper and Brest, Communes of • Franc (notgeld, 1914-1931)

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

50 centimes - Chambres de Commerce de Quimper et de Brest (29)
1915-1922

Local banknote
105 × 66 mm
JP# 104.01/04/07/10/13/16/19/22
2 Francs Chambres de Commerce de Quimper et Brest
1915-1922

Local banknote
75 × 106 mm
JP# 104.03/06/09/12/15/18/21/24

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

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

50 centimes - Chambres de Commerce de Bordeaux
1921

Local banknote
76 × 56 mm
JP# 030.28/29
1 Franc - Chambres de Commerce de Bordeaux
1921

Local banknote
59 × 91 mm
JP# 030.30/31/32/33
2 Francs - Chambres de Commerce de Bordeaux
1917-1920

Local banknote
62 × 94 mm
JP# 030.23/27

France › French Notgeld › Haut-Rhin, Department of › Colmar, Commune of • Franc (notgeld, 1914-1931)

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

50 Centimes - Colmar
1918

Local banknote
JP# 130.01/02/05

France › French Notgeld › Haute et Basse-Corse, Departments of › Ajaccio and Bastia, Communes of • Franc (notgeld, 1914-1931)

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

1 Franc - Chambre de Commerce d'Ajaccio et de Bastia (20)
1915-1920

Local banknote
95 × 58 mm
JP# 003.02/04/05/07/09

France › French Notgeld › Loire-Atlantique, Department of › Nantes, Commune of • Franc (notgeld, 1914-1931)

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

50 Centimes - Chambre De Commerce De Nantes
(1918)

Local banknote
100 × 67 mm
JP# 088.03/04/13/16/17/18/21/22/24/25

France › French Notgeld › Lot-et-Garonne, Department of › Agen, Commune of • Franc (notgeld, 1914-1931)

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

50 Centimes - Chambre de Commerce d'Agen (47)
1914-1922

Local banknote
55 × 100 mm
JP# 002.01/02/07/08/13/16
1 Franc - Chambre de Commerce d'Agen (47)
1914-1922

Local banknote
60 × 105 mm
JP# 002.03/04/09/10/14/17
2 Francs - Chambre de Commerce d'Agen (47)
1914-1917

Local banknote
70 × 116 mm
JP# 002.05/06/11/12/15

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

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

1 Franc - Chambres de Commerce de Cahors
1917-1919

Local banknote
63 × 97 mm
JP# 035.19/20/22/24

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

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

50 Centimes - Chambres de Commerce du Lot
1917-1920

Local banknote
81 × 49 mm
JP# 035.17/18/21/23/25

France › French Notgeld › Maine-et-Loire, Department of › Maine-et-Loire, Department of • Franc (notgeld, 1914-1931)

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

25 centimes - Chambre de Commerce d' Angers
1917

Local banknote
77 × 52 mm
JP# 008.04/05/08/11
1 franc - Chambre de Commerce d'Angers
1915

Local banknote
JP# 008.01/02/03/06/07/09/10/12

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

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

1 Franc Chambre de Commerce de Lorient
1915-1921

Local banknote
70 × 114 mm
JP# 075.01/08/09/10/15/18/21/24/27/30/33/36/39

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

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

1 franc - Chambre de Commerce de Nevers
1915-1917

Local banknote
JP# 090.07/08/09/10/11/14/15

France › French Notgeld › Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Department of • Franc (notgeld, 1914-1931)

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

20 Centimes - 70 Communes
1915

Local banknote
105 × 65 mm
25 Centimes - Villes de Roubaix et de Tourcoing

Local banknote
90 × 60 mm
JP1418# 59-2052

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

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

5 centimes - Ville de Lille [59]
1917

Local banknote
79 × 49 mm
JP1418# 59.1630
25 Centimes - Ville de Lille
1917

Local banknote
85 × 55 mm
JP1418# 59-1621

France › French Notgeld › Pas-de-Calais, Department of › Arras, Commune of • Franc (notgeld, 1914-1931)

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

50 centimes - Chambres de Commerce d' Arras
(1918)

Local banknote
101 × 62 mm
JP# 013.04
1 Franc - Chambres de Commerce d' Arras
(1918)

Local banknote
68 × 116 mm
JP# 013.05

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

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

50 centimes - Région provençale
(1920)

Local banknote
JP# 102.01/02/03/07/09/10/11/13/14/15/16/17
Available for swap
1 franc - Région provençale
(1920)

Local banknote
JP# 102.04/05/06/08/12/18/19

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

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

50 centimes - Chambre de Commerce de Lyon [69]
1915-1922

74 × 62 mm
JP# 77.03/04/05/12/14/16/18/20/22/26
1 Franc - Chambres de Commerce de Lyon
1914-1922

Local banknote
52 × 89 mm
JP# 077.01/02/06/07/08/09/10/11/13/15/17/19/21/24/25/27/28

France › French Notgeld › Seine-et-Marne, Department of › Melun, Commune of • Franc (notgeld, 1914-1931)

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

50 Centimes - Chambre de Commerce de Melun
1915-1919

Local banknote
92 × 54 mm
JP# 080.01/02/07
1 Franc - Chambre de Commerce de Melun [77]
1915-1919

Local banknote
63 × 110 mm
JP# 80.03/04/08

France › French Notgeld › Seine-Maritime, Department of › Havre, Commune du • Franc (notgeld, 1914-1931)

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

1 Franc - Chambres de Commerce du Havre
1914-1915

Local banknote
79 × 119 mm
JP# 068.04/05/06/10/11

France › French Notgeld › Seine-Maritime, Department of › Rouen, Commune of • Franc (notgeld, 1914-1931)

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

50 centimes - Chambre de Commerce de Rouen
1915-1917 (1915-1920)

Local banknote
JP# 110.01/02/07/08/09/18/19/20/28/29
1 franc - Chambre de Commerce de Rouen
1918-1922

Local banknote
JP# 110.39/40/44/50/51/55/56/57/62/65/68

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

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

Available for swap
50 Centimes - Chambre de Commerce de Paris
1920

Local banknote
62 × 49 mm
JP# 097.10/11/12/13/14/15/16/17/18/19/20/21/22
Available for swap
50 centimes - Chambre de Commerce de Paris
1920

Local banknote
95 × 60 mm
JP# 097.31/32/33/34/35
1 Franc - Chambres de Commerce de Paris
1920

Local banknote
71 × 104 mm
JP# 097.23/24/25/26/27
Available for swap
1 franc - Chambre de Commerce de Paris
1920

Local banknote
JP# 097.36/37/38/39/40/41/42/43/44/45/46/47

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

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

50 Centimes - Chambre de Commerce d'Abbeville (80)
(1920)

Local banknote
83 × 124 mm
JP# 001.01/02/08/13/14/19
1 Franc - Chambre de Commerce d'Abbeville (80)
(1920)

Local banknote
83 × 124 mm
JP# 001.03/04/09/10/15/16/20

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

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

50 Centimes - Chambre de Commerce D'Amiens
1915-1920

Local banknote
93 × 60 mm
JP# 007.05/06/07/14/15/20/26/27/32/33/34/35/40/41/42/49/50
50 Centimes - Chambres de Commerce d' Amiens
1922

Local banknote
93 × 56 mm
JP# 007.55

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

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

50 centimes - Chambre de Commerce de Toulon et du Var
1916-1922

Local banknote
JP# 121.01/02/03/07/10/11/14/15/18/19/22/23/26/28/30/35

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

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

50 Centimes - Chambres de Commerce d' Avignon
1915-1917

Local banknote
110 × 75 mm
JP# 018.01/02/03/04/13/14/15/16

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

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

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

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