The 6 types of seals

All banknotes issued by the Bank of Italy between 1896 and 1997 all have a seal printed on the front and / or back. All of these seals are of similar size. There are three different types of seals for the front and three different types of seals for the backs.

The three seals printed on the front:

  • Type A: an allegory of Italia in profile,
  • Type B: a Medusa head,
  • Type C: the winged lion of Saint Mark of Venice with the three coats of arms of Genoa, Pisa and Amalfi.
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The three seals printed on the back:

  • Type D: "Decreto Ministeriale Del 30 Luglio 1896",
  • Type E: "Ottobre 1922" and a beam,
  • Type F: the Banca of Italy monogram (BI).
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PeriodSeal TypePick Reference
1896 to 1926A and D38 to 43, 45, 46, 49.
1926 to 1943A and E47, 48, 50, 51, 52, 54 to 64, 69.
1943 to 1947A and F65 to 68, 70 to 77, 82, 84.
1945 to 1947A78, 79.
1947 to 1950B and F80, 81, 83, 85, 88 to 90.
1947 to 1969B86, 87, 96 to 101.
1971 to 1997C102 to 118.


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