- General Charles de Gaulle, who later became president of the French Fifth Republic, wanted to strengthen the French Franc against the Dollar.
- After the Second World War, the French Franc was devalued 7 times. After the 7th devaluation of the French Franc, in 1958, the so called Pascal Marie Plan was executed: The existing Franc was revalued. The new Frenc Franc, Nouveau Franc, was created on 27 December 1958.
- 100 "Old Francs" became 1 Nouveau Franc, whic was subdivided into 100 centimes. The abbreviation was NF.
- Other names for the Nouveau Franc are Franc Pinay, Franc de Gaulle and Franc Lourd (heavy franc).
- After 1963, the Nouveau Franc was again referred to simply as 'Franc'
- The banknotes on the pictures above are of the 1959 issue, in circulation between 1960 and 1966.
- Before these banknotes were put into circulation, a provisional series was issued in 1958 (see below).
- The portrait on the reverse side is the same portrait as the one on the obverse side, except that it is mirrored.
- The people on the images on these notes are historically important French scientists, statesmen and artists. They are pictured along with an important building:
- on the 5 NF cinq nouveaux francs banknote: Victor Hugo, poet, dramatist and novelist, along with the Panthéon in Paris
- on the 10 NF dix nouveaux francs banknote: Armand du Plessis, also known as Cardinal Richelieu along with the Palais Cardinal
- on the 50 NF cinquante nouveaux francs note: Henry IV, King of France, along with Pont Neuf bridge in Paris and chateau Pau on the back
- on the 100 NF cent nouveaux francs banknote: Napoléon Bonaparte, emperor of the French, along with the Arc de Triomphe in Paris
- on the 500 NF cinq cents nouveaux francs banknote: Jean Baptiste Poquelin, better known as Molière, along with the Palais Royal theater in Paris on the front and the theater in Versailles on the back
- These Banque de France notes stopped being legal tender means of payment in 2002, when France adopted the Euro as its national currency.
- The Banque de France no longer exchanges these notes for euros.
- We still accept these banknotes for exchange, free of charge.
- If you have Nouveaux French Francs like these, exchange them using our online exchange service. It's quick and easy.
- To exchange your Nouveaux French Franc banknotes: Fill out our exchange form