It wouldn't be me, if I wouldn't start with another country of course.
|Belgian Notgeld Catalogue (cover)|
In the beginning this 'money' was ment to pay out soldiers, to pay loans of city workers, suppliers of the city... But later on, it was accepted to cope with the lack of coins for daily use. Often, those coins or paper coins/tokens, were restricted in use. One could buy clothes, or coal, but not food... or the other way around.
Along with city boards, a lot of social organisations, like the "national committee for aid and nutrition", issued similar coupons.
Even some factories issued coupons to pay out their employees. Many of those coupons were to be exchanged in stores owned by the same factory...
In much cases, the coupons or emergency currency was only valid within the city that issued the notes. Often there was a date printed on the notes, which told the owner on what day the note could be exchanged for "real" money again, or in some cases, to be exchanged for another coupon.
As a guideline to the Belgian 'emergency issues', a highly recommended catalogue is available.
Prices varie between € 40 and € 90.
|Belgian Notgeld catalogue - details 1|
|Belgian Notgeld catalogue - details 2|
http://www.nbbmuseum.be/catalogs/necessity/start_fr.htm (french version)
http://www.nbbmuseum.be/catalogs/necessity/start_nl.htm (dutch version)
to be continued ...