France - Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous collateral paper.

With the advent of the ATM (Automatic Teller Machine) in 1985, printers had to provide sample banknotes to be used in testing the ability of the machine to correctly handle the various notes. There are several series of notes, printed with the same design in sizes to match the current banknotes. There is a wonderful online catalog of Echantillons at multicollec.net

P.1

50 Francs, Athena at left

Imp BdF: #1250, size to match 100f Delacroix
1985-90

P.2

50 Francs, Athena at right

Imp BdF: #10054, size to match 50f Quentin De La Tour
1990-95

P.3

200 Francs, Athena at right

Imp BdF: #10202, size to match 200f Montesquieu
1990-95

P.4

500 Francs, Athena at right

Imp BdF: #10501, size to match 500f Pascal
1990-95

P.5

100 Francs, Athena at right

Imp BdF: #10103, size to match 100f Delacroix
1990-95

P.6

50 Francs, Maurice Ravel

Imp BdF: Size to match 50f Saint Exupéry
1992-2001

P.7

100 Francs, Maurice Ravel

Imp BdF: Size to match 100f Cézanne
1992-2001

P.8

200 Francs, Maurice Ravel

Imp BdF: Size to match 200f Eiffel
1992-2001

P.9

500 Francs, Maurice Ravel

Imp BdF: Size to match 500f Curie
1992-2001

There are many French-looking notes that fall generally in this category of "scolaire" (training notes). They are of very poor quality paper and printing quality. The ostensible purpose for these is to be able to have banknote replicas available for anyone who might need to become familiar with handling banknotes for a job.

P.10

500 Francs, Bonaparte

P.11

10 New Francs, Richelieu

P.12

10 New Francs, Voltaire

The following notes have been printed in China and are used for the same purpose as other "training" notes - to distribute to those that need to be familiar with the currency for their jobs.

P.13

20 Francs, Debussy


P.14

50 Francs, Quentin de La Tour


P.15

50 Francs, Saint-Exupéry


France has used a state lottery through the years, to collect revenue.

P.16

1 Franc,

P.17

100 Francs,

"Money" is often printed up to be used in movies and plays, and typically an attempt is made to design the money so that it looks somewhat authentic to the time period. I get contacted about once a year from someone asking for information so they can print up money for this purpose.

P.18

10 Francs,


P.19

50 Francs,


P.20

100 Francs,


These notes are of small size and printed only on one side, labeled for a child's bank for games.

P.21

50 New Francs, Henri IV


P.22

100 New Francs, Bonaparte