Military payment certificates for use in Italy

Made by Forbes Lithograph Manufacturing Company in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, 1943.

Military currency and occupation money are money provided for the use of military personnel serving in occupied territory. Depending on circumstances, military currency can be provided by an aggressor or a liberator and take a variety of forms for use by military and / or local populations. In the case of Hawaii in WWII military currency was swapped for the US dollars on the island in preparation for a possible Japanese invasion. This pre-empted the possibility of Japan gaining control of all th...

Summary

2008/65/3
Allied military currency (4), 1, 2, 5, and 10 lire, paper, made by Forbes Lithograph Manufacturing Company, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, for use by Allied troops, Italy, 1943

Four paper notes used as allied military currency in Italy, rectangular in shape, denominations of one, two, five and ten lire. All are from the 1943 and 1943A series. All notes have text incorporated as part of their design. 'FREEDOM OF SPEECH FREEDOM OF RELIGION / ALLIED MILITARY CURRENCY / FREEDOM FROM WANT FREEDOM FROM FEAR' is printed on the reverse of each note in blue.

Square paper note printed on both sides, 1 lire. The obverse features a faint rural scenery background, printed in blue and brown. Text: - ALLIED MILITARY CURRENCY / ISSUED IN / ITALY / 1 / LIRA / A 76506788 A (all four corners: - 1) (top left and bottom right: - SERIES 1943).

Square paper note printed on both sides, 2 lire. The obverse features a faint rural scenery background, printed in purple and brown. Text: - ALLIED MILITARY CURRENCY / ISSUED IN / ITALY / 2 / LIRE / A 51019365 A (all four corners: - 2) (top left and bottom right: - SERIES 1943)

Square paper note printed on both side, 5 lire. The obverse features a faint rural scenery background, printed in green and brown. Text: - ALLIED MILITARY CURRENCY / ISSUED IN / ITALY / CINQUE / FIVE 5 FIVE / LIRE / A 69055703 A (all four corners: - 5) (top left and bottom right: - SERIES OF 1943 A)

Square paper note printed on both sides, 10 lire. The obverse features a faint rural scenery background, printed in gray and red. Text: - ALLIED MILITARY CURRENCY / ISSUED IN / ITALY / DIECI / TEN 10 TEN / LIRE / A 98809119 A (all four corners: - 10) (top left and bottom right: - SERIES OF A 1943 A)

Dimensions

78 mm
66 mm

Production

Made in 1943 by Forbes Lithograph Manufacturing Company, Boston (as marked with f), USA.

Refs:
Pick, Albert - Standard Catalog of World Paper Money - Seventh Edition, volume 2, General issues, 1994 - M10, M11, M12, p. 739.
Forbes Lithograph Manufacturing Company 1943

Source

Gift of Captain Robert Feldman, 2008
4 April, 2008

Cite this Object

Military payment certificates for use in Italy 2015, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 28 June 2017, <https://ma.as/378396>
{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/378396 |title=Military payment certificates for use in Italy |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=28 June 2017 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}
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