About #3 - 500 lire type 1938
Italian East Africa. Banca d'Italia. 1938-1939 Issues. Banknote identical to Pick # 51 except the mention in the upper margin: "SERIE SPECIALE AFRICA ORIENTALE ITALIANA". Work by Giovanni Capranesi. Dimensions: 201 x 117 mm. Watermark: Head of Leonardo da Vinci wearing a hat. Printer: Officina Banca d'Italia di Roma. No security thread. Material: Paper. Polychrome front and back printing predominantly blue, green and red. Description of the front: Security background in pink with the value "500" in large figures. Frame composed of repeating floral motifs. The watermark on the left in a circle. On the right, a woman with bare breasts symbolizing Agriculture is seated and holds in her hand a sheaf of wheat and a billhook. At the bottom center, a seal in red with the head in profile of Italia. 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 made up of repeating graphic motifs with four scallops and the value "500" in the corners. In the center, in a wreath of leaves, three male allegories of Law, Finance and Economics. At the bottom center, a seal containing a "Bundle". On the sides, two circular medallions with on the left, the coat of arms of the House of Savoy and the watermark on the right. No known specimen.