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

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

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-Maritime, Department of › Tréport, Commune of • 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

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
Available for swap 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
1 Franc - Chambre de Commerce d'Abbeville (80)
(1920)

Local banknote
83 × 124 mm
JP# 001.03

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# 007.14/15/20/23/26/27/32/33/34/35/40/41/42/49/50
50 Centimes - Chambres de Commerce d' Amiens
1922

Local banknote
93 × 56 mm
JP# 007.55
1 franc - Chambre de Commerce D'Amiens [80]
1915-1920

Local banknote
JP# 007.16/21/24/28/36/43/51
2 francs - Chambre de Commerce D'Amiens [80]
1915-1920

Local banknote
JP# 007.18/19/22/25/31/38/39/46/47/48/53/54

France › French Notgeld › Tarn, Department of › Albi, Castres, and Mazamet, Communes of • Franc (notgeld, 1914-1931)

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

50 centimes - Chambres de Commerce du Tarn [81]
1914-1917

Local banknote
89 × 53 mm
JP# 005.01/02/03/04/08
1 Franc - Chambres de Commerce du Tarn [81]
1914

Local banknote
103 × 64 mm
JP# 005.05/06/07

France › French Notgeld › Toulon, Commune 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# 018.01/13
50 Centimes - Chambres de Commerce d' Avignon - 3éme émission
1922

Local banknote
98 × 67 mm
JP# 018.22/23/26/27/28

France › French Notgeld › Vendee, Department of › La Roche-sur-Yon, Commune of • Franc (notgeld, 1914-1931)

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

1 franc - Chambre de Commerce de la Roche-sur-Yon et de la Vendée [85]
1915-1922

Local banknote
116 × 76 mm
JP# 065.05/06/07/08/09/17/18/19/20/24/33/34

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

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

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

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

1 Franc - Chambre de Commerce d'Épinal [88] -
1920-1921

Local banknote
100 × 63 mm
JP# 056.05/10/14

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

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