About #40 - 500 lire type 1898-1921
Italy. Banca d'Italia. 1896-1926 Issues. Work by Rinaldo Barbetti and engraving by E. Ballarini. Dimensions: 218 x 130 mm. Watermark: profile head. Printer: Officina Banca d'Italia di Roma. No security thread. Material: paper. Front and back printing in tri-color, mainly purple, pink and red. Front description: pink security background composed of repeating patterns. Animated frame of sketches with cherubs and lions. On the left side, a woman standing and symbolizing the Law holds a book in her hand. On the right side, another woman symbolizing Justice holds a sword in hand. In the center, a seal in red with the head in profile of Italia. Texts in Italian. The numbering and signatures are printed in black. Five combinations of signatures with The Managing Director and The Cashier. Description of the back: security background composed of repeating patterns. Cherubs fly with baskets filled with bunches of grapes. Woman standing left holding a bunch of grapes. On the right, another seated woman places her hand on a world map supported by three cherubim. In the center, a seal containing the mention in red DECRETO / MINISTERIALE / DEL 30 LUGLIO / 1896. No specimen known for the Type.