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Last French Francs series issued before the introduction of the Euro in France in 2002.

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  • These French Franc banknotes were the last series issued by the Banque de France before the introduction of the Euro in 2002.
  • These banknotes have many technical anti-counterfeiting devices added, the exception being the 20 Francs banknote.
  • The portraits on these banknotes are of famous French artists and scientists:
     
    • on the 20 vingt francs banknote: Claude Debussy, painter
    • on the 50 cinquante francs banknote: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, writer, pilot and author of le Petit Prince (the little prince)
    • on the 100 cent francs banknote: Paul Cézanne, painter
    • on the 200 deux cents francs banknote: Gustave Eiffel, engineer and architect of the Eiffel tower in Paris
    • on the 500 cinq cents francs banknote: Marie and Pierre Curie, physicists and chemists, pioneers in the research of radioactivity
       
  • These French Franc notes are no longer valid: The French Franc was replaced by the Euro in 2002.
  • The Banque de France has stopped accepting these banknotes for exchange since 2012.
  • We still accept these banknotes for exchange, free of charge.
  • If you have old French Franc paper money like these notes, exchange them using our easy and quick online exchange service.
  • To exchange your old French Franc money: Fill out our exchange form

French Franc banknotes issued between 1968 and 1995

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  • These French banknotes were first issued between 1961 and 1981. The series continued until the mid 1990's.
  • The paper used for this series is light-weight but durable. Often these banknotes have pinholes.
  • The portrait on the back is the same portrait as the one on the front, but it is mirrored.
  • The people depicted on these banknotes are famous French artists, statesmen and scientists:
     
    • on the 10 dix francs- banknote: Hector Berlioz, music composer
    • on the 50 cinquante francs banknote: Maurice Quentin de la Tour, rococo portraitist
    • on the 100 cent francs banknote: Eugène Delacroix, painter
    • on the 200 deux cents francs banknote: Baron de la Brède et de Montesquieu, philosopher and political thinker
    • on the 500 cinq cents francs banknote: Blaise Pascal, mathematician and inventor
       
  • These Banque de France notes are no longer a valid means of payment: France introduced the Euro in January 2002.
  • The Banque de France no longer accepts these banknotes for exchange.
  • We still accept these banknotes for exchange.
  • If you have old French Franc notes like these, exchange them using our online exchange service, free of charge.
  • To exchange your old series French Franc money: Fill out our exchange form

French Franc bills issued between 1962 and 1979

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  • The four French banknotes in the pictures above were first issued between 1962 and 1966. They were replaced during the 1970's.
  • The paper type of these bills is light-weight but durable. Often they have pinholes or staple holes.
  • The portrait on the reverse side is the same one as the portrait on the obverse side, except that it is mirrored.
  • The people on the images on these notes are historically important French scientists and artists:
     
    • on the 5 cinq francs bill: Louis Pasteur, chemist and microbiologist
    • on the 10 dix francs bill: Voltaire, writer, philosopher and historian
    • on the 50 cinquante francs bill: Jean Bapiste Racine, dramatist (front side reads Banqve de France - Cinqvante Francs)
    • on the 100 cent francs bill: Pierre Corneille, dramatist
       
  • These Banque de France notes were replaced by newer series during the 1970's. Since 2002 the French Franc is an obsolete currency.
  • The Banque de France no longer converts these bills into euros. The deadline for exchanging them has expired. However we still exchange them.
  • We still accept these banknotes for exchange, free of charge.
  • If you have old French Franc notes like these, exchange them using our online exchange service. It's quick and easy.
  • To exchange your old series French Franc bills: Fill out our exchange form

French Nouveaux Francs (NF) banknotes issued between 1959 and 1966

french republic 5 NF cinq nouveaux francs victor hugo pantheon paris banque de france
  • 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

1958 Provisional Issue: Nouveaux Francs (NF) printed on old Franc banknotes (1 Nouveau Franc = 100 old French Francs)

french republic 5 nouveaux francs printed on cinq cent 500 francs victor hugo pantheon banque de france

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  • These banknotes were issued by the Banque de France in 1958 and 1959 after the introduction of the Nouveaux Franc (NF)
  • They circulated only a short time and were replaced by the Nouveaux Franc banknotes in 1960.
  • The denomination in Nouveaux Francs is printed in red ink on the old French Franc banknote, below the text "contre-valeur de"
  • The Banque de France no longer exchanges these banknotes. We still accept them for exchange, for the value indicated in Nouveaux Francs.
  • If you have old French Franc notes like these, exchange them using our quick and easy online exchange service.
  • To exchange your old French Franc paper money: Fill out our exchange form

Old French Franc banknotes: Paper money issued before 1958

If you want to exchange old French Franc banknotes, issued before 1958, read more about it on our Old French Franc banknotes page.

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French Franc Banknotes that we exchange

  • banknotes 5 French Francs (5 FRF)
  • banknotes 10 French Francs (10 FRF)
  • banknotes 20 French Francs (20 FRF)
  • banknotes 100 French Francs (100 FRF)
  • banknote 200 French Francs (200 FRF)
  • banknote 500 French Francs (500 FRF)
  • banknotes 1000 French Francs (1000 FRF)
  • banknotes 5000 French Francs (5000 FRF)
  • banknotes 10000 French Francs (10000 FRF)
  • banknotes 50000 French Francs (50000 FRF)
  • French Nouveaux Francs paper money
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Exchange services we can provide:

  • We can exchange your expired French Franc paper money to a currency of your choice: we exchange FRF to EUR - GBP - USD
     
  • There are no charges for converting your obsolete pre-euro bills from France, Monaco and Andorra.
     
  • We also exchange your Nouveaux Francs (NF).
     
  • If you have more questions about how to exchange French Francs, let us know via the contact form.

Exchange old French Franc currency for Euros, pounds or dollars

Have you found some French pre-Euro banknotes? Would you like to exchange your invalid, withdrawn French paper money for valid funds: Euros, pounds or dollars?

Converting out-of-use pre-Euro legacy currencies like the French Franc from France, Monaco or Andorra is easy on leftovercurrency.com. Just fill out an exchange form and send it, along with your phased out banknotes and coins, to leftovercurrency.com. We help you exchange your old French currency into valid cash.

We continue to exchange French Franc notes, even after the deadline for the exchange of French Francs by the Banque de France passed in February 2012. We convert both Nouveaux Francs, regular Francs and old Francs for exchange.

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