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The E-Sylum: Volume 25, Number 25, June 19, 2022, Article 4

NEW BOOK: ITALIAN 'MINI-CHECKS'

And here's a Google-translated announcement of a new catalog about the Italian 'mini-checks' emergency money of the 1970s. -Editor

I Miniassegni book cover The title of the research curated by Massimo Palermo, I miniassegni ... as you have never seen them , immediately makes us understand that we are not dealing with a traditional catalog, of those we are all used to consulting, but something different and innovative, which brings mini-checks to occupy the right space they deserve within our collecting landscape and monetary history. It is no coincidence that the author omitted the word "catalog" on the cover.

The introductory part of the volume concerns an exhaustive explanation of this particular monetary form , in all its aspects, with the specific intent of breaking down all the clichés that have been read on mini-checks for years (such as "it's just waste paper" or "It was just a scam of the banks") providing us, even with precise data, a new vision of things that no one had investigated in this way until now. A real turning point that rewrites the history of mini checks.

The mini-checks, moreover, in the seventies, were a very important monetary phenomenon for Italy in a period in which, due to the oil and economic crisis, the Mint produced a reduced quantity of metallic money. Thus, the Italians learned to deal with those colorful - often beautiful and refined - rectangles of paper in the name of many credit institutions that circulated as hard cash.

The part relating to the cataloging has very modern graphics and is very rich in content. Over twenty years of research by the author have in fact led to numerous discoveries that are published for the first time: one above all, the discovery of an exceptional mini-check of the Banco di Napoli headed to the Union of Commerce and Tourism of the Province of Savona , with just three known specimens.

All types of mini-checks are dealt with and explained : ordinary and first projects, figured, false, invented, unissued, specimen, offset, overprinted, long format and - in the last part of the volume - the numerical classification of the banks for the most demanding collectors.

For more information, or to order, see:
I MINIASSEGNI... COME NON LI AVETE MAI VISTI (https://auctions.nomismaweb.com/it/sitem/14226/i-miniassegni-come-non-li-avete-mai-visti-/)

Also found via News & Notes from the Society of Paper Money Collectors (Volume VII, Number 52, June 14, 2022) -Editor

To read the complete article, see:
I MINIASSEGNI… come non li avete mai visti (https://www.cronacanumismatica.com/i-miniassegni-come-non-li-avete-mai-visti/)



Wayne Homren, Editor

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