| Pick Number - Albania P13|
A banknote issued by the Banka Kombetare E Shqipnis of Albania in the denomination of twenty Franga (Njizet Franga) also written in Italian - Venti Franchi. The note was printed by the Officina della Banca D'Italia - Roma, and carries the penalty for forgery on the back in Italian.
This note is Prefix P18 number 8657 issued originally in 1939, and over-printed in 1945 with the new name of Banka E Shtetit Shqiptar.
To further show the connection with Rome there is an Allegory of Roma seated holding a spear, and a shield with the initials S.P.Q.R. upon it. S.P.Q.R. stands for "Senatus Populusque Romanus", which is Latin for "The Senate and People of Rome". To the right of Roma is the 'she-wolf' suckling the children Romulus and Remus, the traditional founders of the City of Rome. On the reverse is a double-headed eagle.
This note has some light surface staining, but still has a clean look about it. The edge has seen some trimming and there are few small tears which do not appear to reach the design. There are no holes within the design area of the note even when held to the light. There is a tear in the top left margin, and a very small piece of the lower right corner is missing. Nevertheless - A rare item, and generally very clean looking. There are no bright colours behind the eagle - this is just a scanning effect.