The 88th banknote!

In August on delcampe, a 0,10 franc note from the R.C.F.T.O (Franco-Belgian Railways Administration in Occupied German Territory) appeared with the new smallest known number: “A.1 - 000,088”. The copy, in F grade, was offered in a set of 7 banknotes purchased for only € 34 (lot #1062329221).

The previous lower number was the note: “A.1 - 002,323”. It is therefore a considerable leap forward on the way to the first banknote issued!

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The list of small numbers

We take advantage of this discovery to update the banknotes inventory (1) and give you the list of the five smallest known numbers for each of the 10 issued notes:


0,05 francs RCFTO Type 1923

Smallest known number: "A.1 - 000,146". Issued notes: 3,573,000. Banknotes in inventory: 564.

ReferencesSeriesNumberGrade
HEN.01 / JP-135-01 / R.855aA.1000,146UNC
HEN.01 / JP-135-01 / R.855aA.1002,154XF
HEN.01 / JP-135-01 / R.855aA.1005,968UNC
HEN.01 / JP-135-01 / R.855aA.1009,779VG
HEN.01 / JP-135-01 / R.855aA.1010,043F
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0,10 francs RCFTO Type 1923

Smallest known number: "A.1 - 000,088". Issued notes: 3,600,000. Banknotes in inventory: 542.

ReferencesSeriesNumberGrade
HEN.02 / JP-135-02 / R.856aA.1000,088F
HEN.02 / JP-135-02 / R.856aA.1002,323VF
HEN.02 / JP-135-02 / R.856aA.1003,561F
HEN.02 / JP-135-02 / R.856aA.1004,615aUNC
HEN.02 / JP-135-02 / R.856aA.1007,293VF
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0,25 francs RCFTO Type 1923

Smallest known number: "A.1 - 001,723". Issued notes: 2,815,000. Banknotes in inventory: 390.

ReferencesSeriesNumberGrade
HEN.03 / JP-135-03 / R.857aA.1001,723F
HEN.03 / JP-135-03 / R.857aA.1003,172VG
HEN.03 / JP-135-03 / R.857aA.1008,418XF
HEN.03 / JP-135-03 / R.857aA.1009,266VF
HEN.03 / JP-135-03 / R.857aA.1010,276VF
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0,50 francs RCFTO Type 1923

Smallest known number: "A.1 - 001,026". Issued notes: 3,448,000. Banknotes in inventory: 408.

ReferencesSeriesNumberGrade
HEN.04 / JP-135-04 / R.858aA.1001,026F
HEN.04 / JP-135-04 / R.858aA.1001,704F
HEN.04 / JP-135-04 / R.858aA.1011,212F
HEN.04 / JP-135-04 / R.858aA.1017,305F/VF
HEN.04 / JP-135-04 / R.858aA.1023,963AU
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1 franc RCFTO Type 1923

Smallest known number: "A.1 - 001,512". Issued notes: 3,598,000. Banknotes in inventory: 504.

ReferencesSeriesNumberGrade
HEN.05 / JP-135-05 / R.859aA.1001,512XF/AU
HEN.05 / JP-135-05 / R.859aA.1002,603F
HEN.05 / JP-135-05 / R.859aA.1005,010AU+
HEN.05 / JP-135-05 / R.859aA.1006,733VG
HEN.05 / JP-135-05 / R.859aA.1008,945VF
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5 francs RCFTO Type 1923

Smallest known number: "A.1 - 001,492". Issued notes: 1,616,000. Banknotes in inventory: 113.

ReferencesSeriesNumberGrade
HEN.06 / JP-135-06 / R.860aA.1001,492VG
HEN.06 / JP-135-06 / R.860aA.1032,767VF
HEN.06 / JP-135-06 / R.860aA.1035,614VF
HEN.06 / JP-135-06 / R.860aA.1052,346VG
HEN.06 / JP-135-06 / R.860aA.1057,272F
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10 francs RCFTO Type 1923

Smallest known number: "A.1 - 004,343". Issued notes: 1,017,000. Banknotes in inventory: 52 including 8 banknotes from the “B.21” series (2).

ReferencesSeriesNumberGrade
HEN.07 / JP-135-07 / R.861aA.1004,343F
HEN.07 / JP-135-07 / R.861aA.1006,997VG
HEN.07 / JP-135-07 / R.861aA.1007,443VG
HEN.07 / JP-135-07 / R.861aA.1009,219VF
HEN.07 / JP-135-07 / R.861aA.1022,383F
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20 francs RCFTO Type 1923

Smallest known number: "A.1 - 006,997". Issued notes: 668,250. Banknotes in inventory: 26 including 4 banknotes from the “B.21” series (2).

ReferencesSeriesNumberGrade
HEN.08 / JP-135-08 / R.862aA.1006,997VG
HEN.08 / JP-135-08 / R.862aA.1068,286VF/XF
HEN.08 / JP-135-08 / R.862aA.1068,911XF
HEN.08 / JP-135-08 / R.862aA.1071,042VG
HEN.08 / JP-135-08 / R.862aA.1072,396XF
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50 francs RCFTO Type 1923

Smallest known number: "A.1 - 001,824". Issued notes: 200,000. Banknotes in inventory: 19 including 5 banknotes from the “B.21” series (2).

ReferencesSeriesNumberGrade
HEN.09 / JP-135-09 / R.863aA.1001,824F/VF
HEN.09 / JP-135-09 / R.863aA.1005,576F/VF
HEN.09 / JP-135-09 / R.863aA.1016,394VG
HEN.09 / JP-135-09 / R.863aA.1024,339F
HEN.09 / JP-135-09 / R.863aA.1025,184F
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100 francs RCFTO Type 1923

Smallest known number: "A.1 - 023,483". Issued notes: 168,206. Banknotes in inventory: 14 including 8 banknotes from the “B.21” series (2).

ReferencesSeriesNumberGrade
HEN.10 / JP-135-10 / R.864aA.1023,483F/VF
HEN.10 / JP-135-10 / R.864aA.1049,587F/VF
HEN.10 / JP-135-10 / R.864aA.1063,131AU
HEN.10 / JP-135-10 / R.864aA.2133,092F/VF
HEN.10 / JP-135-10 / R.864aA.2153,535XF
HEN.10 / JP-135-10 / R.864aA.2139,988XF

Above: the 6 copies currently known for the largest denomination issued by the RCFTO.

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Notes

(1) The inventory of all RCFTO banknotes started in 2015 and totals 2,632 copies to date. Only specimens are not taken into account.
(2) The “B.21” series has been printed especially for collectors. These banknotes which have not circulated are almost always in very good grade!



Catalog references

HEN. = "La cote des billets de la R.C.F.T.O" by Yann-Noël Hénon. French and english text. 52 pages with descriptions, color illustrations and ratings for 5 grades from VG to UNC to be published soon on Numizon.com in digital PDF format (See a double-page). Pre-orders or request for information.

JP. = "Les billets des chambres de commerce 1914-1925", by Jean Pirot, edition Chevau-Légers, 2002, cf. page 283. French text.

R. = “Die deutschen Banknoten ab 1871”, by Holger Rosenberg / Hans-Ludwig Grabowski, 2018, 21st edition, cf. pages 450 to 456. German text.



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