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

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

20 Centimes - 70 Communes
1915

Local banknote
105 × 65 mm

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 › 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

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

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