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Issuance and withdrawal of banknotes

The table below lists all banknotes issued by the Banque de France, grouped by denomination, along with the dates on which they were issued and withdrawn from circulation, and the date on which they ceased to be legal tender.

5 FRANCS

TYPES

CREATION

DATE ISSUED

START OF WITHDRAWAL FROM CIRCULATION*

CEASED TO BE LEGAL TENDER**

1871

Décembre 1871

01.02.1872

05.02.1874

31.12.1933

1905

02.01.1912

30.07.1914

04.10.1918

31.12.1933

1917

01.12.1917

04.10.1918 et 02.09.1939

12.10.1933

31.12.1933 et 01.01.1963

1943 Shepherd

02.06.1943

21.08.1943

 

01.01.1963

1959 Victor Hugo (NF)

05.03.1959

04.01.1960

03.01.1967

01.04.1968

1966 Louis Pasteur

05.05.1966

03.01.1967

06.01.1971

01.11.1972

 

*    In general, and except where stipulated otherwise, a banknote is withdrawn gradually from circulation once a new banknote (or coin) of that particular denomination has been issued.

**  The concept of withdrawal of legal tender status first appeared on 31 December 1933 and concerned the 5-franc, 10-franc and 20-franc notes. Law of 25.6.1928 (Art. 7), amended by the law of 30.12.1932 (Art. 10).

 

10 FRANCS

TYPES

CREATION

DATE ISSUED

START OF WITHDRAWAL FROM CIRCULATION*

CEASED TO BE LEGAL TENDER**

1915

Minerva

03.01.1916

22.05.1916 and 02.09.1939

27.03.1933 and 05.06.1951

31.12.1933 and 01.01.1963

1941 Miner

11.09.1941

11.11.1943

05.06.1951

01.01.1963

1959 Richelieu (NF)

05.03.1959

04.01.1960

02.01.1964

01.04.1968

1963 Voltaire

04.01.1963

02.01.1964

31.12.1980

15.09.1986

1972 Berlioz

23.11.1972

05.11.1974

31.12.1980

15.09.1986

 
 

20 FRANCS

TYPES

CREATION

DATE ISSUED

START OF WITHDRAWAL FROM CIRCULATION*

DATE PERMANENTLY WITHDRAWN OR CEASED TO BE LEGAL TENDER**

1871

23.12.1870

12.01.1871

12.12.1874

02.01.1923

1873

01.07.1874

30.07.1914

01.10.1917

31.12.1933

1905

02.01.1906

30.07.1914

01.10.1917

31.12.1933

1916 Bayard

01.07.1916

01.10.1917

June 1930

31.12.1933

1940 Work and Science

07.12.1939

16.12.1940

 

01.01.1963

1942 Fisherman

12.02.1942

17.12.1942

13.11.1950

01.01.1963

1980 Debussy

04.08.1980

06.10.1981

 

17.02.2012

 
 

25 FRANCS

TYPES

CREATION

DATE ISSUED

START OF WITHDRAWAL FROM CIRCULATION*

DATE PERMANENTLY WITHDRAWN OR CEASED TO BE LEGAL TENDER**

1870 Paris

16.08.1870

01.09.1870

14.01.1873

02.01.1923

1870 Clermont-Ferrand

15.09.1870

11.11.1870

14.01.1873

02.01.1923

 
 

50 FRANCS

TYPES

CREATION

DATE ISSUED

START OF WITHDRAWAL FROM CIRCULATION*

DATE PERMANENTLY WITHDRAWN OR CEASED TO BE LEGAL TENDER**

1864

02.03.1864

21.03.1864

17.12.1884

02.01.1923

1868

26.11.1868

04.03.1869

24.12.1885

02.01.1923

1870 Clermont-Ferrand

15.09.1870

11.11.1870

24.12.1885

02.01.1923

1884

01.08.1884

10.11.1884

24.10.1891

02.01.1923

1889

blue and pink

01.05.1889

21.10.1889

26.01.1942

04.06.1945

1927

Luc-Olivier Merson

11.02.1927

03.01.1928

26.01.1942

04.06.1945

1933

15.11.1934

15.03.1935

16.12.1943

04.06.1945

1941 Jacques Coeur

13.06.1940

23.01.1941

04.06.1945

04.06.1945

1946 Le Verrier

14.03.1946

10.03.1947

11.12.1951

01.01.1963

1959 Henri IV (NF)

05.03.1959

04.01.1960

02.01.1963

01.04.1968

1962 Racine

07.06.1962

02.01.1963

 

15.09.1986

1976

Quentin de LaTour

15.06.1976

05.04.1977

 

30.11.2005

1992 St Exupéry

10.03.1992

20.10.1993

 

17.02.2012

 

 

100 FRANCS

TYPES

CREATION

DATE ISSUED

START OF WITHDRAWAL FROM CIRCULATION*

DATE PERMANENTLY WITHDRAWN OR CEASED TO BE LEGAL TENDER**

1848 provisional version

16.03.1848

19.06.1848

09.06.1849

December 1897

1848 final version

14.09.1848

07.06.1849

24.12.1885

December 1897

1862

08.01.1863

03.08.1863

24.12.1885

02.01.1923

1882

02.01.1882

07.10.1882

04.03.1889

02.01.1923

1888

blue and pink

12.09.1888

04.03.1889

16.12.1943

04.06.1945

1906

Luc-Olivier Merson

02.01.1908

03.01.1910

04.06.1945

04.06.1945

1939 Sully

19.05.1939

13.08.1940

04.06.1945

04.06.1945

1942 Descartes

15.05.1942

21.07.1944

04.06.1945

04.06.1945

1945 Young farmworker

07.11.1945

10.03.1947

06.12.1954

01.01.1963

1959 Bonaparte (NF)

05.03.1959

04.01.1960

 

30.04.1971

1964 Corneille

02.04.1964

19.01.1965

01.03.1985

15.09.1986

1978 Delacroix

24.03.1978

02.08.1979

01.02.1999

31.01.2009

1997 Cézanne

30.10.1996

15.12.1997

18.02.2002

17.02.2012

 
 
 

200 FRANCS

TYPES

CREATION

DATE ISSUED

START OF WITHDRAWAL FROM CIRCULATION*

DATE PERMANENTLY WITHDRAWN OR CEASED TO BE LEGAL TENDER**

1847

10.06.1847

28.10.1847

 

December 1897

1847 – 2nd version

09.03.1848

23.03.1848

24.12.1885

December 1897

1848 branch version

17.08.1848

 

15.09.1890

December 1897

1981 Montesquieu

20.08.1981

07.07.1982

01.04.1998

31.03.2008

1995 Gustave Eiffel

12.12.1995

29.10.1996

18.02.2002

17.02.2012

 
 
 

250 FRANCS – Regional Branches

TYPES

CREATION

DATE ISSUED

START OF WITHDRAWAL FROM CIRCULATION*

DATE PERMANENTLY WITHDRAWN OR CEASED TO BE LEGAL TENDER**

1808 Regional offices

27.09.1810

 

15.09.1890

December 1897

1836 Regional offices

09.06.1836

 

15.09.1890

December 1897

 
 
 

300 FRANCS

TYPES

CREATION

DATE ISSUED

START OF WITHDRAWAL FROM CIRCULATION*

CEASED TO BE LEGAL TENDER**

1938 Ceres

06.10.1938

04.06.1945

20.11.1950

01.01.1963

 
 

500 FRANCS

TYPES

CREATION

DATE ISSUED

START OF WITHDRAWAL FROM CIRCULATION*

DATE PERMANENTLY WITHDRAWN OR CEASED TO BE LEGAL TENDER**

Caisse de Comptes Courants

11 Nivôse An VII

 

 

December 1897

Old version

2 Messidor An VIII

22 Nivôse An X

 

December 1897

Germinal

19.02.1806

03.04.1807

 

December 1897

1817 final version

02.01.1818

19.03.1818

 

December 1897

1829

05.03.1829

29.10.1829

 

décembre 1897

1831

15.09.1831

24.05.1832

 

décembre 1897

1842

22.02.1844

12.12.1844

 

décembre 1897

1863

05.11.1863

04.02.1864

17.12.1888

02.01.1923

1888

blue and pink

02.11.1888

17.12.1888

16.12.1943

04.06.1945

1939

Peace

04.01.1940

25.02.1941

04.06.1945

04.06.1945

1945 Chateaubriand

19.07.1945

20.05.1946

12.10.1954

01.01.1963

1953 Victor Hugo

07.01.1954

12.10.1954

04.01.1960

01.04.1968

1953 Victor Hugo

new 5 NF version

30.10.1958

15.07.1959

04.01.1960

01.04.1968

1959 Molière (NF)

02.07.1959

02.12.1960

09.03.1970

30.04.1971

1968 Pascal

04.01.1968

07.01.1969

01.03.1997

01.03.2007

1993 Pierre and Marie Curie

01.06.1994

22.03.1995

18.02.2002

17.02.2012

 

 

1,000 FRANCS

TYPES

CREATION

DATE ISSUED

START OF WITHDRAWAL FROM CIRCULATION*

DATE PERMANENTLY WITHDRAWN OR CEASED TO BE LEGAL TENDER**

Caisse de Comptes Courants

12 Ventôse An VII

 

7 Thermidor An VIII

December 1897

Old version

2 Messidor An VIII

28 Messidor An VIII

12.11.1806

December 1897

Germinal

27 Germinal An XIII

12.11.1806

 

December 1897

Provisional version

25.04.1814

20.05.1814

 

December 1897

1817 final version

17.04.1817

09.10.1817

 

December 1897

1829

26.11.1829

25.03.1830

 

December 1897

1831 (identical)

15.09.1831

24.05.1832

 

December 1897

1837 branch version

23.02.1837

 

15.09.1890

December 1897

1842

25.06.1842

18.05.1843

 

December 1897

1848 branch version

12.10.1848

 

15.09.1890

December 1897

1862

04.12.1862

06.07.1863

 

02.01.1923

1862 branch version

04.12.1862

06.07.1863

15.09.1890

02.01.1923

1889

blue and pink

07.11.1889

27.02.1890

19.10.1933

04.06.1945

1927

Ceres and Mercury

11.02.1927

02.01.1929

04.06.1945

04.06.1945

1940

Trade and industry

24.10.1940

19.05.1944

04.06.1945

04.06.1945

1942

Demeter

28.05.1942

21.10.1942

19.05.1944

04.06.1945

1945

Minerva and Hercules

12.04.1945

02.07.1945

06.12.1955

01.04.1968

1953 Richelieu

02.04.1953

06.12.1955

04.01.1960

01.04.1968

1953 Richelieu

new 10 NF version

07.03.1957

15.07.1959

04.01.1960

01.04.1968

 
 
 

5,000 FRANCS

TYPES

CREATION

DATE ISSUED

START OF WITHDRAWAL FROM CIRCULATION*

DATE PERMANENTLY WITHDRAWN OR CEASED TO BE LEGAL TENDER**

1846

28.05.1846

13.08.1846

24.12.1885

December 1897

1918 Flameng

02.01.1918

26.09.1938

04.06.1945

04.06.1945

1934 Victory

08.11.1934

26.09.1938

04.06.1945

04.06.1945

1942 French Empire

05.03.1942

04.06.1945

31.01.1948

29.01.1948

1949 Land and Sea

10.03.1949

21.07.1950

18.03.1959

01.04.1968

1957 Henri IV

07.02.1957

21.11.1958

04.01.1960

01.04.1968

1957 Henri IV

new 50 NF version

30.10.1958

15.07.1959

04.01.1960

01.04.1968

 
 

10,000 FRANCS

TYPES

CREATION

DATE ISSUED

START OF WITHDRAWAL FROM CIRCULATION*

DATE PERMANENTLY WITHDRAWN OR CEASED TO BE LEGAL TENDER**

1945 French ingenuity

27.12.1945

21.07.1950

18.03.1959

01.04.1968

1955 Bonaparte

01.12.1955

11.12.1956

04.01.1960

30.04.1971

1955 Bonaparte

new 100 NF version

30.10.1958

15.07.1959

04.01.1960

30.04.1971

 

 

 

Updated on: 11/17/2016 15:39