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.

See also: France

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

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

1 Franc - Ville de Metz [57]
1918

Local banknote
JP# 131.04/05
2 FRANCS
1918

Local banknote

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 and Pas-de-Calais, Department s of • Franc (notgeld, 1914-1931)

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

20 Centimes - 70 Communes
1915

Local banknote
105 × 65 mm
1 franc - Chambres de Commerce du Nord [59] et du Pas-de-Calais [62]

Local banknote
63 × 98 mm
JP# 094.05, JP# 094.06

France › French Notgeld › Nord, Aisne, and Oise, Departements of • Franc (notgeld, 1914-1931)

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

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 › Nord, Department of › Roubaix and Tourcoing, Commune of • Franc (notgeld, 1914-1931)

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

25 Centimes - Villes de Roubaix et de Tourcoing

Local banknote
90 × 60 mm
JP1418# 59-2052
10 francs - Villes de Roubaix et de Tourcoing
1916-1917

Local banknote
127 × 87 mm
JP1418# 59.2142

France › French Notgeld › Oise, Department of › Beauvais, Commune of • Unspecified currency

France › French Notgeld › Orne, Department of › Alençon and Flers, Communes of • Franc (notgeld, 1914-1931)

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

50 centimes - Chambres de commerce d'Alençon et de Flers [61]
1915

Local banknote
JP# 006.03.05.07.09.14.16.23.25.27
1 franc - Chambres de commerce d'Alençon et de Flers [61]
1915

Local banknote
JP# 006.04/06/08/15/17/24/26/28

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

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

50 Centimes - Chambre de Commerce de Calais [62]
1914-1916 (1914-1920)

Local banknote
98 × 67 mm
JP# 036.01/02/07/08/09/10/11/12/13/14/21/22/23/24/28/29/33/34, JP# 036.35/36/40/42
1 franc - Chambre de Commerce de Calais [62]
1914-1920

Local banknote
118 × 73 mm
JP# 036.30/31

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

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

50 centimes - Chambre de Commerce d'Auxerre [89]
1920-1921

Local banknote
JP# 017.19/20/21/24/25/27/28/29

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
1 franc - Région provençale
(1920)

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

France › French Notgeld › Puy-de-Dôme, Departement of • Franc (notgeld, 1914-1931)

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

50 centimes - Chambre de commerce du Puy de Dôme [63]
(1918)

Local banknote
91 × 53 mm
JP# 103/01/02/03/04/05/12/13/14/15

France › French Notgeld › Pyrénées-Orientales, Department of › Perpignan, Commune of • Franc (notgeld, 1914-1931)

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

1 franc - Chambre de commerce de Perpignan
1919-1922

Local banknote
98 × 61 mm
JP# 100.29/32/34

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
Available for swap 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 › Saône-et-Loire and Ain, Departments de › Mâcon and de Bourg-en-Bresse, Communes of • Franc (notgeld, 1914-1931)

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

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

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

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

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

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