The Disparuean franc (sign: ₣, Fr.; ISO code: DPF) is the currency of Disparu. Its official abbreviation is '₣'; however, 'Fr.' is more commonly seen throughout the nation, and the former is usually only seen in official documents and broadcasts. Both symbols are placed after the amount.
The National Bank has a monopoly in issuing banknotes, while the National Mint produces coins. Despite this, monetary policy is controlled by the National Bank (and, by proxy, the Ministry of Finance); therefore, the National Bank actually has the power to control the National Mint's production of coins.
When Quebec seceded from Canada, the Disparu Committee began an initiative to bring the old Canadian currency out of circulation in order to replace it with what was then the new Disparuean currency, the Disparuean dollar.
While entirely new banknotes were designed for the currency (known as the Darach series), the committee decided to keep the Canadian coin designs to cut down on transition costs. However, minor changes were still made: "Canada" was replaced with "Disparu", and the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II was replaced with the effigy of Caitlin Darach, Disparu's first monarch.
The Darach series of banknotes was replaced by the Pikachurin series on 14 August 2009, after the coronation of Lance Pikachurin as the new Monarch. The Pikachurin series had upgraded security features, and was more visually appealing compared to the Darach series. The effigy of Pikachurin also replaced Darach's in coins.
The Canadian-designed coins were eventually replaced by the Coat of Arms coin set on 26 December 2010.
Following the Eterna Stock Exchange's destruction during the FLQ Crisis on 1 July 2011, the Government of Disparu pegged the Disparuean dollar to the J Andrean Anchor, after the J Andrean Government pumped millions of Anchors into the Disparuean economy to support it. This was done in order to provide an "cushion" to the Disparuean economy, which was being threatened by a recession following the exchange's literal crash. On 13 August 2011, the Government, led by Atkin, began an initiative that would repay J Andres for their financial aid. The Disparuean dollar was unpegged from the Anchor after J Andres was fully repaid.
Following the fall of Disparu, the Disparuean dollar remained as an unofficial currency throughout Disparu. Following the reformation of Disparu, however, the new Government replaced the old currency with the Disparuean franc. The new currency featured a thoroughly-redesigned banknote series and a revised coin set. Old banknotes and coins are no longer legal tender, but they can be given to banks and be refunded for their value in francs.
Banknotes issued by the National Bank (or coins issued by the National Mint) are legal tender in Disparu. However, commercial transactions may legally be settled in any manner agreed by the parties involved.
Retailers in Disparu may refuse bank notes without breaking the law. According to legal guidelines, the method of payment has to be mutually agreed upon by the parties involved with the transactions. For example, stores may refuse $100 bank notes if they feel that would put them at risk of being counterfeit victims. In the case that no mutually acceptable form of payment can be found for the tender, the parties involved may seek legal advice.
The abolition of the 1-cent and 5-cent coins in Disparu following the Second Quiet Revolution has resulted in final prices being rounded up to the nearest 10 cents.
These coins, which feature parts of the coat of arms, are part of the second Coat of Arms set. This set was introduced following the re-proclamation of Disparu, and differed from the previous set by featuring the revised coat of arms, replacing the designs originally found in the coins' obverse sides with just numbers, and adjusting the sizes of the 25¢ and 10¢ coins. Furthermore, the 1¢ and 5¢ coins were abolished due to their lack of value.
Commemorative coins with differing obverses are issued on an irregular basis.
|2₣||28 mm||1.8 mm||7.3 g|
|1₣||26.5 mm||1.75 mm||7 g|
|25¢||24.68 mm||1.58 mm||4.4 g|
|10¢||23.21 mm||1.22 mm||3.5 g|
First Coat of Arms setEdit
The original Coat of Arms coin set, used by the old Disparuean dollar, was composed of coins in denominations of 1¢ (penny), 5¢ (nickel), 10¢ (dime), 25¢ (quarter), $1 (loonie), and $2 (toonie). The standard set of designs had a section of the coat of arms on the reverse (with the exception of the toonie), and a Disparuean symbol on the obverse. They replaced modified versions of the coins of the Canadian dollar, which had been used prior.
|Obverse||Reverse||Value||Common name||Diameter||Thickness||Mass||Description (Obverse)|
|$2||Toonie||28 mm||1.8 mm||7.3 g||Lance Pikachurin, the second Monarch of Disparu, in his Royal Regalia.|
|$1||Loonie||26.5 mm||1.75 mm||7 g||Caitlin Darach, the first Monarch of Disparu.|
|25¢||Quarter||23.88 mm||1.58 mm||4.4 g||The Royal Crown of Disparu.|
|10¢||Dime||18.03 mm||1.22 mm||1.75 g||The number 10, signifying the coin's value (10¢).|
|5¢||Nickel||21.2 mm||1.76 mm||3.95 g||A fox, the national animal of Disparu.|
|1¢||Penny||17.03 mm||1.45 mm||2.35 g||A maple leaf, one of the national symbols of Disparu. Since pennies can be commonly found throughout Disparu, the design also represents the fact that maple leafs are abundant in Disparu.|
The design of the penny was unique, since it was the only coin that had five different designs for its reverse side. All five designs can be seen below.
The National Bank issues bank notes in denominations of 5₣, 10₣, 20₣, 50₣, and 100₣. All banknotes have basic security features, and higher denominations tend to have more complex security features in place. This makes forging higher-valued francs almost impossible. Banknotes are also color coded, and differ in size.
All banknotes have a unique identification number (and an accompanying QR code), the coat of arms of Disparu, and a window showing a watermark related to the artwork within the note. Furthermore, bringing a banknote in front of a light source will reveal an image of the flag of Quebec. All banknotes also have braille numbers on the bottom-left corner (when viewed properly from the obverse) in order to assist the blind, and also acts as a security feature.
The current series introduced the franc, thus decommissioning the old Disparuean dollar. The Disparuean franc's banknotes is notably different from the Disparuean dollar's since the former has bills of various sizes, are designed to be held vertically, and feature people notable in Québécois history, whereas the latter had bills of the same size, were designed to be held horizontally, and mostly featured people solely from the Disparu Committee (the latest version of the $200 bill, however, features Lynneth Sarkara, a non-Committee member). The design of the Disparuean franc is largely approved by the populace due to its more complex, more pleasant design and the decision to make them feature historical figures rather than Committee members.
|Obverse||Reverse||Value||Colour||Measurements||Window||Description (Obverse)||Description (Reverse)|
|5₣||Blue||126x74mm||Compass rose||Jacques Cartier, the first European to explore Quebec.||A map of Cartier's second voyage, and his flagship, the Grande Hermine.|
|10₣||Red||136x74mm||Don de Dieu||Samuel de Chaplain, the founder of Québec City.||The skyline of Québec City, and city maps from various time periods.|
|20₣||Green||146x74mm||Fleur-de-lis in a shield||Louis-Joseph de Montcalm, the commander of Quebec forces during the French and Indian War.||Montcalm at Carillon and the Plains of Abraham, along with Quebec's motto, Je me souviens ("I remember"), and the date of Montcalm's defeat.|
|50₣||Purple||156x74mm||Quebec Liberal Party logo||Jean Lesage, former Premier of Quebec and instigator of the First Quiet Revolution.||Façade of the Parliament Buildings at Québec City, Place d'Armes in Montréal, and "Il faut que ça change" (Things must change), a slogan used during the First Quiet Revolution.|
|100₣||Gold||166x74mm||Snowy Owl||René Lévesque, former Premier of Quebec and first Québécois politician since Canadian Confederation to negotiate sovereignty for Quebec.||Jean-Lesage generating station, the skyline of Montréal, an ortographic map of Quebec, and "Maîtres chez nous" (Masters of our own house), a slogan used during the First Quiet Revolution.|
The first series, the Darach series, named after the first monarch of Disparu, was used from 10 March 2009 to 14 August 2009. They were banknotes of the Disparuean dollar, the currency of Disparu used before the Second Quiet Revolution. Notes from these series are no longer in circulation and are no longer considered as valid tender. Their rarity has resulted in their collection by private collectors.
The portraits chosen for the banknotes were extremely controversial, as those chosen were all Disparu Committee members, rather than historical figures (who are traditionally found on banknotes). Many commentators feared that the choice showed the committee's corruption.
The Darach series had five banknotes; $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100.
|$5||Blue||From the top, counter-clockwise, Cynthia Celeste, Lance Pikachurin and Erika Gardenia, the founders of Disparu's first three political parties. A blurred, Pokémonized version of the Disparu Committee's seal and a white globe representing Disparu's multicultural heritage can be found in the background.|
|$10||Green||Queen Caitlin Darach, the first Monarch of Disparu, with Château Eterna, the Monarch's official residence, and the outline of the Crown in the background.|
|$20||Violet||Platina Berlitz, mayor of Férin, with the Férin skyline and former coat of arms in the background.|
|$50||Red||From the top, clockwise; Rowan Atkin (Executive Triumvir), Spencer Fowl (Legislative Triumvir) and Jack Chiron (Judicial Triumvir), the first Royal Triumvirate of Disparu. The seal of the Triumvirate is in the background, along with the façade of the National Arts Centre in Jubilife.|
|$100||Bronze||Caitlin Darach, with the Coat of Arms of Disparu.|
The Pikachurin series, named after the second and final monarch, Lance Pikachurin. Like the Darach series, this series' banknotes were also Disparuean dollars. It was brought into circulation on 14 August 2009, when Pikachurin became the reigning monarch. It remained legal tender until the Second Quiet Revolution. It is currently being phased out; individuals who surrender banknotes from the Pikachurin series will be able to redeem the same amount in francs.
The Pikachurin series introduced the $200 bill. The obverse initially had Spencer Fowl, the first Legislaive Triumvir, a now-defunct position. His portrait was eventually replaced with Lynneth Sarkara, the first chairman of Saboria, considered to be the first independent Quebec state.
|Obverse||Reverse||Value||Colour||Description (Obverse)||Description (Reverse)|
|$5||Blue||Lance Pikachurin, the second Monarch of Disparu.||Château Eterna, the Monarch's official residence.|
|$10||Green||Caitlin Darach, the first Monarch of Disparu, and chairwoman of the Disparu Committee.||New Parliament Building in Jubilife, home of the Senate, Commons and Executive Council Chambers. The flags of Disparu (left) and Jubilife (right) can be seen on the top-right corner.|
|$20||Purple||Platina Berlitz, first and current mayor of Férin.||Férin's skyline seen from the harbour at night.|
|$50||Red||Rowan Atkin, the first Executive Triumvir and the third Chancellor.||Disparueans playing hockey, Disparu's official winter sport, along with an excerpt from The Hockey Sweater, in English and French.|
|$100||Gold||Cynthia Celeste, the second Chancellor of Disparu.||The statue of Lady Justice in front of the Old Parliament in Eterna, with an excerpt from Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in English and French.|
|$200||Silver||Lynneth Sarkara, leader of the Saborian Revolution, founder of Saboria and communist Canada.||A globe symbol, with a semi-transparent image of the Commons Hemicycle in the New Parliament Building, along with the first verse of Disparu's previous national and royal anthem, Le Festin, in English and French.|