About #81 - 1,000 lire Type 1947-1950
Italy. Banca d'Italia. 1947-1961 Issues. Banknote identical to Pick # 72 but with the Medusa seal on the front. Work by Rinaldo Barbetti and engraving by E. Ballarini. Dimensions: 240 x 148 mm. Watermark: profile head. Printers: Officina dell'Istituto Poligrafico dello Stato di Roma and Officina della Banca d'Italia di Roma. 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 the head of Medusa. Texts in Italian. The numbering and signatures are printed in black. Two 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 allegorical female 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.