I'm including some of the more esoteric information about FrenchBanknotes.com here. It is probably only useful as technical information for those interested in linking to sub-pages of the site, or how the site actually works. It certainly is not helpful to read this page if you just want to browse through the banknotes!

Site Map

There are four main gallery sections of FrenchBanknotes.com:

  • Banknotes of France
  • Banknotes of French Community and other countries using French artists or printers
  • Banknotes organized by the Central Bank that issued them (the same banknote images as above, but sorted in another interesting way)
  • Banknotes organized by the artist that designed them
  • A listing of new banknote additions to the site

There are also other interesting pages less focused on images of banknotes, including:

  • Banknote-related articles I've written
  • Information, References and Links for catalogs, abbreviations, dealers, etc
  • A subject index for all banknotes, in case you are looking for notes on a certain topic
  • A list of better quality world banknotes for sale. These are not the same banknotes as on the rest of the FrenchBanknotes web site, but are a one-per-country collection


The site is currently available in English, French and Polish. If you've set one of those languages in your browser configuration, then the site will automatically be displayed in your language. Alternatively you can select a language by clicking on one of the flags in the upper corner of the page. Not every single page has been translated to all languages, and the default will be English if a translation isn't available. Other translations may come in the future if interested volunteers offer translations :-).

Linking to FrenchBanknotes.com

If you are planning to link to this site, thank you! This site is very dynamic; I'm changing not only the content by adding banknotes, but I'm changing the various pages and adding new pages all the time. As much as possible I'd like to avoid causing you trouble by breaking your link, so I want to let you know what types of links are more likely to exist for a long time.

If you just want to link to the FrenchBanknotes home page, a link direct to http:/www.FrenchBanknotes.com is perfect, and the most likely link to always exist. If you want a banner-type link to the home page, I've included one here that you can easily cut and paste into your site.

FrenchBanknotes.com - French-printed banknote images, the artists who designed them, and the banks that issued them

For more direct access to particular content, some sites will like to provide links directly to specific pages within the site. This becomes a bit more tricky in terms of what may or may not change down the road. Here are some suggested do and don't links:

Good Link

Not a Good Link

http://www.FrenchBanknotes.com/france.php http://www.FrenchBanknotes.com/france.php?page=3
http://www.FrenchBanknotes.com?country=Gabon /frenchprints.php?page=4
http://www.FrenchBanknotes.com?artist=Serveau /artists.php?page=3

You can add the query "?language=fr" (or "&language=fr" if there is already a query at the end of the URL) to the above links to request the display in a specific language. This will override the user's browser language setting. Available languages are "en", "fr" and "pl".

Coding Methodology

All the data for this site is stored in XML. This includes the banknote information itself, as well as translated text (the bulk of the text on the site). The XML is then pre-processed by XSLT, extracting various sorts and language-specific files. The pages are then dynamically generated via PHP and the SimpleXML interface to parse the XML.


Here is the XML schema I'm using for each banknote in the collection. It's not magic, and I'm not saying it will apply to every banknote, but it may be interesting to someone. Note specifically that the <variety> tag has an attribute "timestamp". The existence of this attribute means "this variety is in the collection as of this date", whereas a variety with no timestamp is a catalog entry with no banknote in the collection. By using this timestamp, it is possible to distinguish a country's catalog from an owner's collection.

	<countrynote>Over the past 500 years, France has been a major power with strong cultural, economic, military
	and political influence in Europe and around the world. During the 17th and 18th centuries, France colonised great
	parts of North America and Southeast Asia; during the 19th and early 20th centuries, France built the second
	largest empire of the time, including large portions of North, West and Central Africa, Southeast Asia, and many
	Caribbean and Pacific islands.</countrynote>

		<type catalog="Fayette">2</type>
		<type catalog="SCWPM">70</type>
		<denomination units="Francs">5</denomination>
			<long language="fr">La France (Marianne), et un docker sur une échelle montant un sac, tel que rédigé par
				Charles Walhain dans son premier projet pour la Banque de France</long>
			<long>Allegory of France (Marianne), and a dock worker carrying a sack up a ladder, as drawn by Charles
				Walhain as his first project for Banque de France</long>
		<caption>Bust of youg soldier</caption>
		<variety catalog="Fayette" number="F.2.1" var="1">
			<alias catalog="SCWPM" number="P.70a" />
			<note>First issue</note>
		<variety timestamp="2010-10-29" catalog="Fayette" number="F.2.29" var="29">
			<alias catalog="SCWPM" number="P.70d" />
			<inv>Duval, G.</inv>
			<sc>Romagnol, C.</sc>
			<inv>Walhain, C.</inv>
			<sc>Deloche, E.</sc>
		<keyword>French Allegory, Marianne</keyword>



Firstly I should say that much of the textual content on this site is provided by Wikipedia and specialized banknote catalogs. These catalogs are listed in the info section of this site.

The remainder of the content is owned by me, Dave Mills, and largely consists of the various articles as well as most of the banknote images themselves. Periodically I do get a question about why the banknote images have my name stamped across the corner. This is simply due to the fact that I created and own the actual image (ie, I found and bought the banknote, scanned, and edited it) and therefore I own the image and do not give it away freely for use around the internet. I am not of course claiming copyright on the original artwork.