Exonumia 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 › Ain, Department of › Bourg-en-Bresse, Commune of • Military tokens

5 Centimes - 23° Régiment d'Infanterie - Bourg-en-Bresse (01)
ND

Confinement tokens › Military token
Brass • 1.69 g • ⌀ 17.5 mm
El Mil.# 10.1, N# 134508

France › French notgeld › Alpes Maritimes, Department of › Grasse, Commune of • Co-operative tokens

5 Centimes - Fourneau Economique Saint Vincent de Paul (Grasse)
ND

Trade tokens › Co-operative token
Brass • 4.31 g • 25 mm
El Mon.# 15.1, N# 196352

France › French notgeld › Ardennes, Department of › Charleville-Mézières, Commune of • Co-operative tokens

10 Centimes
ND (1914-1924)

Trade tokens › Co-operative token
Zinc • 3.20 g • 23.3 mm
El Mon.# 65.5, N# 100647
1 Franc - Maison du Peuple
ND

Trade tokens › Co-operative token
Brass • 4.15 g • ⌀ 26 mm
El Mon.# nr p.81, N# 140775

France › French notgeld › Ardennes, Department of › Monthermé, Commune of • Co-operative tokens

5 Centimes
ND

Trade tokens › Co-operative token
Nickel-zinc • 3.36 g • ⌀ 25 mm
El Mon.# 10.1, N# 147192

France › French notgeld › Bas-Rhin, Department of › Strasbourg, Commune of • Business tokens

25 Centimes (Orangerie E.Clément; Strasbourg)
ND (1920-1924)

Trade tokens › Business token
Brass • 2.85 g • ⌀ 23 mm
El Mon.# 65.1, Marchand# 820.1, N# 135945
5 Francs - SOCA Chaine volontaire (Strasbourg)
ND

Trade tokens › Business token
Zinc • 4.85 g • ⌀ 25 mm
El Mon.# 30.1, Marchand# 330.1, N# 41726

France › French notgeld › Bouches-du-Rhône, Department of › Marseille, Commune of • Promissory notes

Billets à ordre Bouches du Rhône Marseille
1897

Paper vouchers › Promissory note
242 × 94 mm
N# 307612
Billets à ordre Bouches du Rhône Marseille
1890

Paper vouchers › Promissory note
242 × 98 mm
N# 307611

France › French notgeld › Charente-Maritime, Department of › La Rochelle, Commune of • Military tokens

5 Centimes
ND

Confinement tokens › Military token
Aluminium • 0.80 g • ⌀ 18.5 mm
El Mon.# 55.1, El Mil.# 10.1, N# 104787
Available for swap 10 Centimes
ND

Confinement tokens › Military token
Aluminium • 1.40 g • ⌀ 22.5 mm
El Mon.# 55.2, El Mil.# 10.2, N# 104788

France › French notgeld › Doubs, Department of › Beaucourt, Commune of • Co-operative tokens

10 Centimes - Coopérative Alimentaire (Beaucourt)
ND

Trade tokens › Co-operative token
Brass • 3.38 g • ⌀ 23 mm
El Mon.# 10.1, N# 275324
10 Centimes - Fraternelle
ND

Trade tokens › Co-operative token
Brass • 2.8 g • ⌀ 21 mm
El Mon.# 15.1, N# 35600
10 Centimes - Coopérative Alimentaire - Beaucourt [90] (Counterstamped)
ND (1914-1918)

Trade tokens › Co-operative token
Nickel brass • 3.4 g • ⌀ 23 mm
El Mon.# 10.3, El Mon.# 10.5, N# 28458
20 Centimes - Coopérative Alimentaire - Beaucourt [90]
ND

Trade tokens › Co-operative token
Brass • 5.3 g • ⌀ 28 mm
El Mon.# 10.2, N# 23373
20 Centimes - Fraternelle
ND

Trade tokens › Co-operative token
Brass • 4.1 g • ⌀ 25 mm
El Mon.# 15.2, N# 25792
Available for swap 20 Centimes - Cooperative Alimentaire - Beaucourt [90] (Counterstamped)
ND (1914-1918)

Trade tokens › Co-operative token
Nickel brass • 5.2 g • ⌀ 27.5 mm
El Mon.# 10.4, El Mon.# 10.6, N# 28459

France › French notgeld › Haute-Marne, Department of › Nogent-en-Bassigny, Commune of • Co-operative tokens

10 Centimes - Société d'Alimentation (Nogent-en-Bassigny)
ND

Trade tokens › Co-operative token
Nickel-zinc • 1.3 g • ⌀ 21 mm
El Mon.# 15.2, N# 144249

France › French notgeld › Haute-Vienne, Department of › Limoges, Commune of • Trade vouchers

10 Francs (L'union de Limoges)
ND (1920-1935)

Paper vouchers › Trade voucher
155 × 85 mm
N# 312295
20 Francs (L'union de Limoges)
ND (1920-1935)

Paper vouchers › Trade voucher
180 × 100 mm
N# 313289
50 Francs (L'union de Limoges)
ND (1920-1935)

Paper vouchers › Trade voucher
180 × 103 mm
N# 313299

France › French notgeld › Hérault, Department of › Montpellier, Commune of • Business tokens

5 Centimes
1914

Trade tokens › Business token
Brass • 1.8 g • ⌀ 21 mm
El Mon.# 315.3, N# 35598
Available for swap 10 Centimes - Jeton Quercy - Montpellier [34]
1914

Trade tokens › Business token
Brass • 2.8 g • ⌀ 24 mm
El Mon.# 315.4, N# 23498
25 Centimes
1914

Trade tokens › Business token
Brass • 3.7 g • ⌀ 25 mm
El Mon.# 315.5, N# 26406

France › French notgeld › Jura, Department of › Lons-le-Saunier, Commune of • Co-operative tokens

5 Centimes - Caisse de Famille - Lons-le-Saunier [39]
ND

Trade tokens › Co-operative token
Brass • 2.3 g • ⌀ 21.2 mm
El Mon.# 10.1, N# 26289
50 Centimes - Caisse de Famille
ND

Trade tokens › Co-operative token
Nickel silver • 1.7 g • ⌀ 18.5 mm
El Mon.# 10.4, N# 26288
1 Franc - Caisse de Famille - Lons-le-Saunier [39]
ND

Trade tokens › Co-operative token
Nickel silver • 2.34 g • ⌀ 21 mm
El Mon.# 10.5, N# 318059

France › French notgeld › Landes, Department of › Dax, Commune of • Business tokens

5 Centimes - Chambre Syndicale épiciers détaillants - Dax
ND

Trade tokens › Business token
Aluminium • 0.85 g • ⌀ 19 mm
El Mon.# 25.1, N# 65812
10 centimes - Chambre syndicale des épiciers détaillants - Dax [40]
ND

Trade tokens › Business token
Aluminium • 1.4 g • ⌀ 23 mm
El Mon.# 25.2, N# 366479
25 centimes - Chambre syndicale des épiciers détaillants - Dax [40]
ND

Trade tokens › Business token
Aluminium • 2.06 g • ⌀ 27 mm
El Mon.# 25.3, N# 366478

France › French notgeld › Marne, Department of › Châlons-sur-Marne, Commune of • Co-operative tokens

5 Centimes - Fourneaux économiques (Chalons)
ND

Trade tokens › Co-operative token
Brass • 3.78 g • ⌀ 23.5 mm
El Mon.# 10.1, N# 33757

France › French notgeld › Marne, Department of › Épernay, Commune of • Co-operative tokens

5 Centimes - Societe De Consommation de l'Est (Épernay)
ND

Trade tokens › Co-operative token
Brass • 2.2 g • ⌀ 21.7 mm
El Mon.# 50.1, N# 91434

France › French notgeld › Meurthe-et-Moselle, Department of › Toul, Commune of • Co-operative tokens

5 Centimes
ND

Trade tokens › Co-operative token
Brass • ⌀ 23 mm
El Mon.# 10.1, N# 138976

France › French notgeld › Meuse, Department of › Robert-Espagne, Commune of • Wage tokens

5 Centimes
ND

Trade tokens › Wage token
Brass • 2.22 g • ⌀ 21 mm
El Mon.# –, N# 104043
10 Centimes
ND

Trade tokens › Wage token
Brass • 3.6 g • ⌀ 25 mm
El Mon.# –, N# 104064
25 Centimes
ND

Trade tokens › Wage token
Brass • 2.54 g • 20 × 20 mm
El Mon.# –, N# 104065
50 Centimes
ND

Trade tokens › Wage token
Brass • 5.22 g • 27 × 27 mm
El Mon.# –, N# 104066

France › French notgeld › Meuse, Department of › Verdun, Commune of • Co-operative tokens

5 Francs
ND

Trade tokens › Co-operative token
Brass • ⌀ 29 mm
El Mon.# 26.4, N# 187367

France › French notgeld › Nord, Department of › Anzin, Commune of • Trade vouchers

20 Francs - Compagnie des Mines D'Anzin
1914-1915

Paper vouchers › Trade voucher
129 × 78 mm
JP1418# 59- 90/92/94/96, N# 335758

France › French notgeld › Nord, Department of › Roubaix, Commune of • Food ration tokens

Available for swap 1 pain - Bureau de Bienfaisance
ND

Ration tokens › Food ration token
Aluminium • 2.4 g • ⌀ 30 mm
El Mon.# 40.1, N# 20314
Available for swap 1 Pain
ND

Ration tokens › Food ration token
Aluminium • 1.8 g • ⌀ 30 mm
El Mon.# 35.1, N# 19221

France › French notgeld › Paris, Department of › Paris, Commune of • Business tokens

Available for swap 10 Centimes - La Compagnie Caille (Paris)
ND

Trade tokens › Business token
Brass • 8.3 g • ⌀ 28 mm
El Mon.# C960.1, N# 42464

France › French notgeld › Pas-de-Calais, Department of › Béthune, Commune of • Trade vouchers

50 Centimes - Compagnie des Mines de Béthune (62)
1917

Paper vouchers › Trade voucher
118 × 83 mm
JP1418# 62- 647, N# 350914
25 Centimes - Béthune Mining Company
1917

Paper vouchers › Trade voucher
117 × 82 mm
JP1418# 62- 646, N# 383365

France › French notgeld › Pas-de-Calais, Department of › Calais, Commune of • Food ration tokens

Available for swap Soupe Ville de Calais
ND

Ration tokens › Food ration token
Aluminium • 0.98 g • ⌀ 24 mm
N# 33840

France › French notgeld › Pas-de-Calais, Department of › Calais, Commune of • Business tokens

50 Centimes - La mutuelle commerciale (Calais)
ND

Trade tokens › Business token
Aluminium • 1 g • ⌀ 23 mm
El Mon.# –, N# 227158

France › French notgeld › Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Department of › Bayonne, Commune of • Business tokens

10 Centimes
ND

Trade tokens › Business token
Aluminium • 1.1 g • ⌀ 23 mm
El Mon.# 20.2, N# 9019

France › French notgeld › Pyrénées-Orientales, Department of › Bages, Commune of • Co-operative tokens

10 Centimes - Coopérative - Bages [66]
ND

Trade tokens › Co-operative token
Brass • ⌀ 21.5 mm
El Mon.# 10.2, N# 333989
25 Centimes - Coopérative de Bages
ND

Trade tokens › Co-operative token
Copper • 4.05 g • ⌀ 20 mm
El Mon.# 10.3, N# 268082
50 Centimes - Coopérative de Bages
ND

Trade tokens › Co-operative token
Nickel silver • 2 g • ⌀ 15 mm
El Mon.# 10.4, N# 267982

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