About #4 - 1,000 lire type 1938
Italian East Africa. Banca d'Italia. 1938-1939 Issues. Banknote identical to Pick # 56 except for the mention in the upper margin: "SERIE SPECIALE AFRICA ORIENTALE ITALIANA". Work by Giovanni Capranesi. Dimensions: 222 x 125 mm. Watermark: On the left, head of Italia and on the right, head of Christopher Columbus. Printer: Officina della Banca d'Italia di Roma (from 1930 to 1941) and Officina della Banca d'Italia L'Aquila (from 1942 to 1943). No security thread. Material: Paper. Polychrome front and back printing, predominantly brown, purple and red. Description of the front: Ornamental frame of oval composition with the number "1000" in the center. At the top, a seal in red with the head in profile of Italia. On the sides, the two watermarks framed by foliage. At the bottom center, two elongated allegories each holding a staff are supported on the coats of arms of Venice and Genoa. Series and numbering printed in black. Texts in Italian. A combination of signatures with The Governor, Vincenzo Azzolini and The Cashier, Urbini. Description of the back: Frame and security background made up of patterns and vegetation with the value "1000" in the corners. At the top center, a seal in red containing a "Bundle". Below, a statue from the Koch Palace in Rome depicting three male allegories which symbolize Industry, Agriculture and Commerce. No known specimen.