About #71 - 500 lire Type 1943
Italy. Banca d'Italia. 1943-1947 Issues. Banknote identical to Pick # 51 but with the "BI" seal on the back. Work by Giovanni Capranesi. Dimensions: 201 x 117 mm. Watermark: head of Leonardo da Vinci wearing cap. Printer: Officina della Banca d'Italia L'Aquila. No security thread. Material: paper. Full color front and back print, predominantly blue, green and red. Description of the front: security background in pink with the value “500” in large numbers. Oval frame composed of repeating floral patterns. The watermark on the left in a circle. On the right, a bare-breasted woman symbolizing Agriculture sits and holds in hand a sheaf of wheat and a scythe. Bottom center, a red seal with Italia's profile head. Texts in Italian. The numbering and signatures are printed in black. Two signatures with The Governor Vincenzo Azzolini and The Cashier Urbini. Description of the back: frame composed of repeating graphic patterns with four scallops and the value "500" in the corners. In the center, in a crown of leaves, three male allegories of Law, Finance and Economics. Bottom center, a seal containing the Bank of Italy "BI" monogram. On the sides, two circular medallions with on the left, the coat of arms of the Maison de Savoy and the watermark on the right. No specimen known for the Type.