Banknotes of the Italian Social Republic

Started by <k>, August 26, 2016, 11:21:36 AM

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See: Italian Social Republic

From this link:

After the fall of the fall of the Italian government, and the establishment of the RSI in the north, banknotes were issued in 1943 by the RSI in denominations of 50, 100, 500 and 1000 lira. These notes were issued under the Banca d'Italia and never used the Repubblica Sociale Italiana designation. In the south, as Allied troops took control, initially AMG (Allied Military Group) issued temporary currency until notes could be issued for the interim government in 1944 within the liberated areas.

RSI = Italian Social Republic

My question is, did the RSI banknotes have a different design at all from the previous Fascist banknotes that were issued when Mussolini had full control of Italy? If not, in what way can the RSI banknotes be differentiated from those of the previous Fascist state?

I imagine that Fascist coins still continued to be used - or did inflation make these worthless? Given that the RSI was little more than a playground for the SS, did Nazi currency also circulate among the Italian population?
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Starting from 1922, when Mussolini came to power, Krause's World Paper money has sections for 1926 issues, 1930-1933 issues, 1941-1942 issues and 1943 issues. The 1944 issues are in a section called "interim government".

The 1943 issues are:

6650 lire: 23/8; 8/10; 1/2/1944 (similar to 1942)
64-6550 lire: 31/3; 11/8; 8/10; 11/11/1944
67100 lire: 23/8; 11/11/1944; 20/12/1944 (not illustrated)
68100 lire: 23/8; 8/10 (not illustrated)
69500 lire: 31/3 (not illustrated)
70500 lire: 23/8; several dates 1944-1947
71500 lire: 23/8/1943 (not illustrated)
721000 lire 11/8; several dates 1944-1947
731000 lire 23/8; 8/10
It looks like two different series running concurrently, but more research is needed to split them.

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Thanks, Peter. Maybe our Italian members will know a little more.
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