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Official territory name: Italian Somaliland

For current issues see Somalia

Italian Somalia, was a protectorate and later colony of the Kingdom of Italy in present-day Somalia. Ruled in the 19th century by the Somali Sultanates of Hobyo and Majeerteen in the north, and the Hiraab Imamate and Geledi Sultanate and the Biimaal Sultanate leading a resistance against the colonials in southern Somalia for decades. The territory was acquired in the 1880s by Italy through various treaties.

In 1936, the region was integrated into Italian East Africa as the Somalia Governorate. This would last until Italy’s loss of the region in 1941, during the East African campaign of World War II. Italian Somalia then came under British military administration until 1950, when it became a United Nations trusteeship, the Trust Territory of Somalia under Italian administration. On 1 July 1960, the Trust Territory of Somalia united in agreement with the former British Somaliland protectorate to form the Somali Republic.

Territory state: Complete

V. FILONARDI & C.
Rupia System

   

5 Rupees P-1; B-101 Color: Black on light green Dimensions: 138 x 80 mm

Front: Embossed seal; five-pointed star.
Back: Arabic text.
Security thread: None.
Printer: Lit. L. Salomone, Roma.
Watermark: None.
Signature: Vincenzo Filonardi.

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1101aDate: 15 Luglio 1893.170.800.-

BANCA D’ITALIA

1920-1921 Issue

   

1 Rupia P-2; B-201 Color: Red and brown Dimensions: 110 x 65 mm

Front: Italian text.
Back: Arabic text.
Security thread: None.
Printer: E FEDERICI DIS INC.
Watermark: 1 Rupia.
Signatures: Stringher & Sacchi.

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2a201aDate: 13 Maggio 1920.250.1000.4000.
2b201bDate:  2 Junio 1921.600.2500.-

   

5 Rupees P-3; B-202 Color: Pink and brown Dimensions: 142 x 90 mm

Front: Italian text.
Back: Arabic text.
Security thread: None.
Printer: E FEDERICI DIS INC.
Watermark: Head of Minerva.
Signatures: Stringher & Sacchi.

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3202aDate: 13 Maggio 1920.2200.9000.-

   

10 Rupees P-4; B-203 Color: Pink and brown Dimensions: 160 x 98 mm

Front: Italian text.
Back: Arabic text.
Security thread: None.
Printer: E FEDERICI DIS INC.
Watermark: Head of Mercury.
Signatures: Stringher & Sacchi.

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4203aDate: 13 Maggio 1920.2500.10000.-

CASSA PER LA CIRCOLAZIONE MONETARIA DELLA SOMALIA
Somalo System

1950-1951 issues

   

1 Somalo P-11; B-301 Color: Brown and yellow Dimensions: 126 x 73 mm

Front:  Leopard head.
Back: Laurels and shield.
Security thread: None.
Printer: I.P.S. OFF.-CARTE-VALORI-ROMA.
Watermark: Leopard head and pattern of wavy lines with SOMALO.
Signatures: Spinelli & Giannini.

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11301aDate: 1950. Prefix: A 001 - A 015.215.850.2950.

Note: The currency is expressed incorrectly on the front in the plural “somali.” 

 

5 Somali P-12; B-302 Color: Blue and green Dimensions: 158 x 98 mm

Front: Somali star flanked by crescent moons.
Back: Decorative frieze.
Security thread: None.
Printer: I.P.S. OFF.-CARTE-VALORI-ROMA.
Watermark: : Elephant head and pattern of wavy lines with SOMALO.
Signatures: Spinelli & Giannini.

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12302aDate: 1950. Prefix: A 001 - A 011. Intro: 22.05.1950.80.00285.1100.

   

5 Somali P-16; B-306 Color: Brown Dimensions: 126 x 73 mm

Front:  Leopard head.
Back: Laurels and shield.
Security thread: None.
Printer: I.P.S. OFF.-CARTE-VALORI-ROMA.
Watermark: Leopard head and pattern of wavy lines with SOMALO.
Signatures: Ciancimino & Giannini.

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16306aDate: 1951. Prefix: A 001 - A 016.70.00250.1000.

   

10 Somali P-13; B-303 Color: Green Dimensions: 154 x 66 mm

Front: Somali star flanked by crescent moons.
Back: Decorative frieze.
Security thread: None.
Printer: I.P.S. OFF.-CARTE-VALORI-ROMA.
Watermark: Elephant head and pattern of wavy lines with SOMALO.

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13a303aDate: 1950. Intro: 22.05.1950. Prefix: A 001 - A 009. Sign 1.55.00220.930.
13b303bPrefix: A 010 - A 016. Sign 2.55.00220.930.
13c303cPrefix: A 017 - A 036. Sign 3.55.00220.930.

Signatures:

1.      2.      3.
Spinelli & Giannini                                      Ciancimino & Giannini                                    Ciancimino & Inserra

   

20 Somali P-14; B-304 Color: Brown Dimensions: 158 x 98 mm

Front: Somali star flanked by crescent moons.
Back: Decorative frieze.
Security thread: None.
Printer: I.P.S. OFF.-CARTE-VALORI-ROMA.
Watermark: Elephant head and pattern of wavy lines with SOMALO.

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14a304aDate: 1950. Intro: 22.05.1950. Prefix: A 001 - A008. Sign 1.50.00195.870.
14b304b Prefix: A 009 - A 014. Sign 1. Sign 2.50.00195.870.
14c304cPrefix: A 015 - A 034. Sign 3.50.00195.870.

Signatures:

1.      2.      3.
Spinelli & Giannini                                      Ciancimino & Giannini                                    Ciancimino & Inserra

   

100 Somali P-15; B-305 Color: Brown Dimensions: 165 x 100 mm

Front: Lion.
Back: Government Palace, Mogadiscio.
Security thread: None.
Printer: I.P.S. OFF.-CARTE-VALORI-ROMA.
Watermark: Lion head and pattern of wavy lines with SOMALO.

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15a305aDate: 1950. Intro: 22.05.1950. Prefix: A 001. Sign 1.235.940.4200.
15b305bPrefix: A 001 - A 003. Sign 2.235.940.4200.
15c305cSign 3.235.940.4200.

Signatures:

1.      2.      3.
Spinelli & Giannini                                      Ciancimino & Giannini                                    Ciancimino & Inserra

Numismatic products

In 1957, the Cassa per la Circolazione Monetaria della Somalia created a limited number of leather-bound albums containing complete sets of uncirculated notes, postage stamps, and 1-, 5-, 10-, 50-centesimo, and 1-somalo coins.

P-NL; BNP301: 1 – 100 somali
a. P11 – P16; B301 – B306 (6 notes), 117 stamps, and 5 coins in leather album.

In 1959, the Cassa per la Circolazione Monetaria della Somalia
created a limited number (estimated at fewer than 100) of leatherbound albums containing complete sets of uncirculated notes and
1-, 5-, 10-, 50-centesimo, and 1-somalo coins, but no stamps.

P-NL; BNP302: 1 – 100 somali
a. P11 – P16; B301 – B06 (6 notes) and 5 coins in leather album.