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

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

France › French Notgeld › Haute-Marne, Department of › Saint-Dizier, Commune of • Franc (notgeld, 1914-1931)

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

50 Centimes - Chambre de Commerce de St Dizier [52]
1915-1921

Local banknote
89 × 52 mm
JP# 113.01/02/03/04/05/11/13/15/17/18/21
1 Franc - Chambre de Commerce de St Dizier [52]
1915-1921

Local banknote
105 × 65 mm
JP# 113.06/07/08/09/10/12/14/16/19/20/22

France › French Notgeld › Haute-Saône, Department of › Lure, Commune of • Franc (notgeld, 1914-1931)

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

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

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

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

50 Centimes - Chamber of Commerce of Avignon
1916-1920

Local banknote
85 × 46 mm
JP# 010.07/08/09/10/11/15

France › French Notgeld › Ille-et-Vilaine, Department of › Rennes and Saint-Malo, Communes of • Franc (notgeld, 1914-1931)

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

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

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

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

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)
1914-1917

Local banknote
55 × 100 mm
JP# 002.01/02/07/08
1 Franc - Chambre de Commerce d'Agen (47)
1914-1917

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

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

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 › Angers, Commune 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

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

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