The Catalog Updated

Official territory name: Italian East Africa

For later issues see Ethiopia, Italian Somaliland, Somalia, Eritrea.

Italy decided that it would be prudent for its colonies to use a separate currency instead of the Italian lira. In 1936, Italian Somaliland, Eritrea, and Ethiopia were joined into the administrative area of Africa Orientale Italiana (Italian East Africa).

With a special decree on 28 March 1938, the Banca d’Italia (BDI) was authorized to issue banknotes denominated in lire, similar to the notes then circulating in Italy, but with different colors and red overprints in the margins:

SERIE SPECIALE AFRICA ORIENTALE ITALIANA / È VIETATA LA CIRCOLAZIONE FUORI DEI TERRITORI DELL’AFRICA ORIENTALE ITALIANA (Italian East Africa
Special Series / Not for circulation outside the Italian East African Territories).

Territory state: Complete

BANCA D’ITALIA
SERIE SPECIALE – AFRICA ORIENTALE ITALIANA
Lira System

1938-1939 “Serie Speciale” Overprint Issue

   

50 Lire P-1; B-101 Color: Green Dimensions: 137 x 78 mm Withdrawn: May 1942

Front: Floral wreath; red SERIE SPECIALE AFRICA ORIENTALE ITALIANA overprint in top margin; red È VIETATA LA CIRCOLAZIONE FUORI DEI TERRITORI DELL’AFRICA ORIENTALE ITALIANA overprint in bottom margin.
Back: Wolf with Romulus and Remus.
Security thread: None.
Printer: Officina Della Banca d'Italia (Italy) - ODBI.
Watermark: Head of Julius Caesar and 50 LIRE.
Signatures: Vincenzo Azzolini & Urbini.

PickTBBDescriptionVGVFUNC
1a101a14 VI / 12 IX 1938. Block A1 - V40.15.0070.00400.
1b101b14 I 1939. Block A41 - V55.25.0080.00480.

   

100 Lire P-2; B-102 Color: Green and red Dimensions: 184 x 111 mm Withdrawn: May 1942

Front: Allegorical woman (Roma); red SERIE SPECIALE AFRICA ORIENTALE ITALIANA overprint in top margin; red È VIETATA LA CIRCOLAZIONE FUORI DEI TERRITORI DELL’AFRICA ORIENTALE ITALIANA overprint in bottom margin.
Back: Eagle.
Security thread: None.
Printer: Officina Della Banca d'Italia (Italy) - ODBI.
Watermark: Head of Italia (left) and head of Dante Alighieri (right).

PickTBBDescriptionVFVFUNC
2a102a14 VI / 12 IX 1938. Block A1 - V20.30.0080.00450.
2b102b14 I 1939. Block A21 - L28.40.00120.800.

   

500 Lire P-3; B-103 Color: Olive-green Dimensions: 201 x 117 mm Withdrawn: May 1942

Front: Standing bare breasted allegorical woman (Agriculture); red SERIE SPECIALE AFRICA ORIENTALE ITALIANA overprint in top margin; red È VIETATA LA CIRCOLAZIONE FUORI DEI TERRITORI DELL’AFRICA ORIENTALE ITALIANA overprint in bottom margin.
Back: Allegorical figures.
Security thread: None.
Printer: Officina Della Banca d'Italia (Italy) - ODBI.
Watermark: Head of Leonardo da Vinci wearing cap.

PickTBBDescriptionVGVFUNC
3a103a14 VI / 12 IX 1938. Block A1 - V5.120.300.1300.
3b103b14 I 1939. Block A6 - V6.130.400.1850.

   

1000 Lire P-4; B-104 Color: Green Dimensions: 222 x 125 mm Withdrawn: May 1942

Front: "Regine del Mare" (Venice and Genoa); red SERIE SPECIALE AFRICA ORIENTALE ITALIANA overprint in top margin; red È VIETATA LA CIRCOLAZIONE FUORI DEI TERRITORI DELL’AFRICA ORIENTALE ITALIANA overprint in bottom margin.
Back: Allegorical figures
Security thread: None.
Printer: Officina Della Banca d'Italia (Italy) - ODBI.
Watermark: Head of Italia (left) and head of Christopher Columbus (right).

PickTBBDescriptionVGVFUNC
4a104a14 VI / 12 IX 1938. Block A1 - L3.120.480.1800.
4b104b14 I 1939. Block M3 - V3.150.600.2000.