An array of treasures are displayed in Hôtel Gaillard’s vault. This is the banknote collection!

You are going to see more than a hundred banknotes: the first notes, including the Ming dynasty banknote, used in China as far back as 1368; the Swedish 100-daler banknote, which was the first European banknote (1666); assignats (interest-bearing certificates)… as well as brightly coloured notes from Africa, America, Asia, Europe and Oceania!

You’ll be able to admire such innovations as the "intaglio" technique, which produces a distinctively tactile texture, or the advantages of computer-aided design, with the "Antoine de Saint-Exupéry" 50-franc note.

You’ll be able to scrutinise the fake 100 new-franc note by the forger Bojarski who, for two whole decades, printed 300 million old francs from his cellar!


Sart viewing!


Lenght: 10’

Languages: English, French, Spanish

Who can play: Everyone

Conception: Banque de France / Cité de l’Économie

Production: Opixido


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Published on 16 August 2022. Updated on 07 July 2020