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 › Pyrénées-Orientales, Department of › Bages, Commune of • Co-operative token

1 Franc - Coopérative de Bages
ND

Trade tokens › Co-operative token
Nickel silver • 1.99 g • ⌀ 20 mm
El Mon.# 10.5, N# 188166
5 Francs - Coopérative - Bages [66]
ND

Trade tokens › Co-operative token
Nickel silver • 5.74 g • ⌀ 30 mm
El Mon.# 10.7, N# 363974

France › French notgeld › Rhône, Department of › Lyon, Commune of • Co-operative token

5 Centimes - Chambre Syndicale des Commissionnaires en Primeurs - Lyon [69]
1921

Trade tokens › Co-operative token
Brass • 3.2 g • ⌀ 21 mm
El Mon.# C350.1, N# 322276
10 Centimes - Chambre Syndicale des Commissionnaires en Primeurs (Lyon)
1921

Trade tokens › Co-operative token
Brass • 3.1 g • 21 mm
El Mon.# C350.2, N# 124940
25 Centimes - Chambre Syndicale des Commissionnaires en Primeurs - Lyon [69]
1921

Trade tokens › Co-operative token
Brass • 3.77 g • ⌀ 25 mm
El Mon.# C350.3, N# 322277

France › French notgeld › Saône-et-Loire, Department of › Chalon-sur-Saône, Commune of • Co-operative token

5 Centimes - Cooperative Union
ND

Trade tokens › Co-operative token
Aluminium • 0.9 g • ⌀ 20.5 mm
El Mon.# 110.1, N# 212251
10 Centimes - Chalon-sur-Saône [71]
ND

Trade tokens › Co-operative token
Aluminium • 0.86 g • ⌀ 19 mm
El Mon.# 110.2, N# 318055
25 Centimes - Coopérative Union - Chalon-sur-Saône [71]
ND

Trade tokens › Co-operative token
Aluminium • 1.38 g • 20 mm
El Mon.# 110.3, N# 363337

France › French notgeld › Seine-Maritime, Department of › Le Havre, Commune of • Co-operative token

5 - Patronage Saint Thomas d' Aquin - Le Havre
ND (1890-1915)

Trade tokens › Co-operative token
Zinc • 2.58 g • ⌀ 23.5 mm
El Mon.# 160.1, N# 34103

France › French notgeld › Territoire de Belfort, Department of › Belfort, Commune of • Business token

15 Centimes - Joseph Wersinger (Belfort (90)
ND

Trade tokens › Business token
Nickel silver • 3.09 g • ⌀ 23 mm
El Mon.# 75.2, N# 190815

France › French notgeld › Vosges, Department of › Plombières-les-Bains, Commune of • Co-operative token

1 Franc
ND (1870-1900)

Trade tokens › Co-operative token
Aluminium • ⌀ 21 mm
El Mon.# 10.2, N# 143391

France › French notgeld › Vosges, Department of › Rambervillers, Commune of • Co-operative token

10 Centimes
ND

Trade tokens › Co-operative token
Brass • 5.33 g • 27.5 mm
El Mon.# –, N# 164896

France › French notgeld › Vosges, Department of › Thaon-les-Vosges, Commune of • Co-operative token

2 Centimes - Société Coopérative de Thaon-les-Vosges
ND

Trade tokens › Co-operative token
Aluminium • 2.8 g • ⌀ 30 mm
El Mon.# 25.12, N# 23622
5 Centimes
ND

Trade tokens › Co-operative token
Aluminium • 0.64 g • 17.5 × 17.5 mm
El Mon.# 25.1, N# 203724
5 Centimes Société Coopérative de Thaon [88]
ND

Trade tokens › Co-operative token
Aluminium • 0.75 g • 17.5 × 17.5 mm
El Mon.# 25.1, N# 322278
5 Centimes
ND

Trade tokens › Co-operative token
Aluminium • 3.99 g • ⌀ 36.4 mm
El Mon.# 25.13, N# 203757
10 Centimes
ND

Trade tokens › Co-operative token
Aluminium • 0.68 g • ⌀ 21.5 mm
El Mon.# 25.2, N# 147194
10 Centimes - Société Coopérative de Thaon [88]
ND

Trade tokens › Co-operative token
Aluminium • 0.9 g • ⌀ 21 mm
El Mon.# 25.5, N# 333445
10 Centimes - Société Coopérative (Thaon)
ND (1933-1940)

Trade tokens › Co-operative token
Aluminium • 1.16 g • 21 × 21 mm
El Mon.# 30.2, N# 281203
25 Centimes Société Coopérative de Thaon [88]
ND

Trade tokens › Co-operative token
Aluminium • 1 g • 26 × 19 mm
El Mon.# 25.3, N# 322280
25 Centimes
ND

Trade tokens › Co-operative token
Aluminium • 1.21 g • 25 × 20 mm
El Mon.# 25.6, N# 203753
50 Centimes - Société coopérative de Thaon-Les-Vosges
ND

Trade tokens › Co-operative token
Aluminium • 1.90 g • 25 × 25 mm
El Mon.# 25.7, N# 49420
1 Franc
ND

Trade tokens › Co-operative token
Aluminium • 1.8 g • ⌀ 27.5 mm
El Mon.# 25.8, N# 203754
2 Francs
ND (1933-1940)

Trade tokens › Co-operative token
Aluminium • 2.5 g • ⌀ 30 mm
El Mon.# 30.5, N# 203755

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