The Treasury do its number!

This is the first time that we have published the full list of smaller and larger numbers regarding all references and variants for Treasury notes. There has long been a craze among collectors for the smaller numbers of the Bank of France and to a lesser extent for the larger numbers. This interest is still in its infancy on the Treasury notes, in part because some issues are not fully identified. But with the publication of this extreme score, the numbers are refined (1) and open the way to a new area of ​​collection. The prices of these notes are still very low, so you should take advantage of them without delay ...

The list will be published in several parts and in the order of the numbers in the Fayette-Dessal catalog (2). Part One includes banknotes for the following issues:

  • Issues from the Treasury to the Armies (1917-1919),
  • Issues from the Central Treasury for Corsica (1943-1945),
  • Issues from the Central Treasury, English prints (1945),
  • Issue from the British Military Authority (BMA) for France (1944).

Treasury to the Armies


50 centimes Treasury Armies Type 1917

(Ref. Fayette-Dessal: # VF.01 or Pick: # M01). Letter A to Q. Issue: 999,999 copies. 1410 banknotes in inventory.

VariantsSeriesSmaller No.Larger No.
VF.01.01Letter AA 0,003,938
VF.01.17Letter QQ 0,991,596

50 centimes Treasury Armies Type 1919

(Ref. Fayette-Dessal: # VF.02 or Pick: # M04). Letter R to Z, A1 and B1 (Series C1 has still not been found). Issue: 999,999 copies. 559 banknotes in inventory.

VariantsSeriesSmaller No.Larger No.
VF.02.01Letter RR 0,037,550
VF.01.11Letter B1B1 0,029,760

1 franc Treasury Armies Type 1917

(Ref. Fayette-Dessal: # VF.03 or Pick: # M02). Letter A to M and M2. Issue: 999,999 copies. 821 banknotes in inventory.

VariantsSeriesSmaller No.Larger No.
VF.03.01Letter AA 0,000,768
VF.03.14Letter M2M2 0,320,470

1 franc Treasury Armies Type 1919

(Ref. Fayette-Dessal: # VF.04 or Pick: # M05). Letter N to Z, A2 to F2 and M2. Issue: 999,999 copies. 692 banknotes in inventory.

VariantsSeriesSmaller No.Larger No.
VF.04.01Letter NN 0,004,932
VF.04.20Letter M2M2 0,952,647

2 francs Treasury Armies Type 1917

(Ref. Fayette-Dessal: # VF.05 or Pick: # M03). Letter A to C. Issue: 999,999 copies. 303 banknotes in inventory. Very rare in series C.

VariantsSeriesSmaller No.Larger No.
VF.05.01Letter AA 0,001,035
VF.05.03Letter CC 0,050,034


Issues from the Central Treasury for Corsica


100 francs Marianne Type 1943

(Ref. Fayette-Dessal: # VF.06, Schwan-Boling: # 116 or Pick: # 105). Letter PG, PH, PK, PL, PM and PN. Issue: 5,999,995 copies. 511 banknotes in inventory. Rare in letter PH.

VariantsSeriesSmaller No.Larger No.
VF.06.01aLetter PGPG 000,781
VF.06.01gLetter PNPN 884,803

1000 francs Phœnix Type 1943 Reserve

(Ref. Fayette-Dessal: # VF.07, Schwan-Boling: # 133 or Pick: # 108). Letter TB and TC. Not issued. 5 banknotes in inventory including 3 specimens. Very rare.

VariantsSeriesSmaller No.Larger No.
VF.07.01Letter TBTB 000,001
VF.07.01Letter TCTC 373,007

5000 francs Liberty Type 1943 Not issued

(Ref. Fayette-Dessal: # VF.08, Schwan-Boling: # 135 or Pick: # 110). Not issued. Only 1 copy known in inventory! Very rare.

VariantsSeriesSmaller No.Larger No.
VF.08.01Lettre VAVA 008,012 / 008,012VA 008,012 / 008,012

500 francs Algeria overprinted "Treasury" Type 1943

(Ref. Fayette-Dessal: # VF.09, Schwan-Boling: # 117 or Pick: # 111). Issue: 391,439 copies. 48 banknotes in inventory. Rare banknote.

VariantsDateSmaller No.Larger No.
VF.09.0108-10-1943W.175-077
VF.09.0126-10-1943Z.190-959

1000 francs Algeria overprinted "Treasury" Type 1943

(Ref. Fayette-Dessal: # VF.10, Schwan-Boling: # 118 or Pick: # 112). Issue: 2,343,808 copies. 124 banknotes in inventory.

VariantsDateSmaller No.Larger No.
VF.10.0130-04-1942J.403-402
VF.10.0202-11-1942Z.730-978

5000 francs Algeria overprinted "Treasury" Type 1943

(Ref. Fayette-Dessal: #NA, Schwan-Boling: # 119 or Pick: # 113). Issue: 844,014 copies but all destroyed! 1 copy in inventory. Very rare.

VariantsDateSmaller No.Larger No.
Pick : #11303-02-1942O.28-519O.28-519


Issues from the Central Treasury, English prints


500 francs Marianne Type 1945 (Letter L)

(Ref. Fayette-Dessal: # VF.11.01, Schwan-Boling: # 131a or Pick: # 106a). Series 01L to 99L. Issue: unknown but probably 100,000,000 copies. 764 banknotes in inventory.

VariantsSeriesSmaller No.Larger No.
VF.11.0101L098700
VF.11.0199L986186

500 francs Marianne Type 1945 (Letter M)

(Ref. Fayette-Dessal: # VF.11.02, Schwan-Boling: # 131b or Pick: # 106b). Series 01M to 99M. Issue: unknown but probably 100,000,000 copies. 468 banknotes in inventory.

VariantsSeriesSmaller No.Larger No.
VF.11.0201M162858
VF.11.0297M531567

500 francs Marianne Type 1945 (Letter N)

(Ref. Fayette-Dessal: # VF.11.03, Schwan-Boling: # 131c or Pick: # 106c). Series 01N to 33N. Issue: unknown. 41 banknotes in inventory. Rare.

VariantsSeriesSmaller No.Larger No.
VF.11.0301N639732
VF.11.0333N210959

500 francs Marianne Type 1945 (Letter Z)

(Ref. Fayette-Dessal: # VF.11.04, Schwan-Boling: # 131d or Pick: # 106d). 01Z series. Issue: unknown. 4 banknotes in inventory. Very rare.

VariantsSeriesSmaller No.Larger No.
VF.11.0401Z546486772336

1000 francs Marianne Type 1945 (Letter A)

(Ref. Fayette-Dessal: # VF.12.01, Schwan-Boling: # 132a or Pick: # 107a). Series 01A to 99A. Issue: unknown but probably 100,000,000 copies. 522 banknotes in inventory.

VariantsSeriesSmaller No.Larger No.
VF.12.0101A022249
VF.12.0199A778713

1000 francs Marianne Type 1945 (Letter B)

(Ref. Fayette-Dessal: # VF.12.02, Schwan-Boling: # 132b or Pick: # 107b). 01B series. Issue: unknown. 35 banknotes in inventory. Rare note.

VariantsSeries+ petit N°+ grand N°
VF.12.0201B019732994883

1000 francs Marianne Type 1945 (Letter D)

(Ref. Fayette-Dessal: # VF.13.01, Schwan-Boling: # 132c or Pick: # 107c). Series 01D to 99D. Issue: unknown but probably 100,000,000 copies. 448 banknotes in inventory.

VariantsSeriesSmaller No.Larger No.
VF.13.0101D475353
VF.13.0199D977826

1000 francs Marianne Type 1945 (Letter E)

(Ref. Fayette-Dessal: # VF.13.02, Schwan-Boling: # 132d or Pick: # 107d). Series 01E to 99E. Issue: unknown but probably 100,000,000 copies. 352 banknotes in inventory.

VariantsSeriesSmaller No.Larger No.
VF.13.0201E145009
VF.13.0299E468121

1000 francs Marianne Type 1945 (Letter H)

(Ref. Fayette-Dessal: # VF.13.03, Schwan-Boling: # 132d or Pick: # 107e). 01H and 02H series. Issue: unknown. 22 banknotes in inventory. Very rare.

VariantsSeriesSmaller No.Larger No.
VF.13.0301H161837
VF.13.0302H949629

5000 francs Marianne Type 1945

(Ref. Fayette-Dessal: # VF.13.01, Schwan-Boling: # 134 or Pick: # 109). Series 02K, 04K, 05K and 08K. Issue: unknown. 7 banknotes in inventory. Very rare.

VariantsSeriesSmaller No.Larger No.
VF.14.0102K185506
VF.14.0108K366001


British Military Authority (BMA)


1 Pound British Military Authority Type 1944

(Ref. Fayette-Dessal: # VF.15.01, Schwan-Boling: # 306d or Pick: # M6c). 39Z Series. Issue: 50 copies for France (probably numbers 39Z 000051 to 39Z 000100). 15 banknotes in inventory. Very rare. See the note in the FBOW website.

VariantsSeriesSmaller No.Larger No.
VF.15.0139Z000054000084

Notes

(1) All the figures come from research compiled and inventoried by the author on his blog "FBOW (French Banknotes Of War)".
(2) "La cote des billets", 2019 edition by MM. Claude Fayette and Jean-Marc Dessal (cf. pages 426 to 443).


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