About #72 - 1,000 lire type 1943-1947
Italy. Banca d'Italia. 1943-1947 Issues. Banknote identical to Pick # 52 but with the "BI" seal on the back. Work by Rinaldo Barbetti and engraving by E. Ballarini. Dimensions: 240 x 148 mm. Watermark: profile head. Printer: Officina Carte-Valori I.P.S. No security thread. Material: paper. Polychrome front and back printing, predominantly brown, ocher and red. Description of the front: ocher safety background composed of repeating patterns. Animated frame of sketches with cherubs, eagles and winged allegories. Crowned shield. Bottom center, a red seal with Italia's profile head. Texts in Italian. The numbering and signatures are printed in black. Three combinations of signatures with The Governor and The Cashier. Back description: red safety background composed of repeating patterns. On the right in an oval medallion, the profile of Italia Turrita, the female allegorical figure personifying Italy. Many allegories: a standing woman symbolizing Industry holds a trident and a wheel. In the center, a man symbolizing Credit is lying with a sheep and an owl by his side. A seated woman symbolizing Agriculture is holding a sheaf of wheat. Many cherubs in various positions roam the entire frame. In the center below, a seal containing the Bank of Italy "BI" monogram. No specimen known for the Type.