PMG Featured Note: Pick# 3fp 19xx 50 Thalers
The Bank of Abyssinia, inaugurated in 1906, was the beginning of banking in Ethiopia. In 1915, notes denominated in birrs in Amharic and thalers in French translation were introduced in the units of 5, 10, 100 and 500, with dual-language inscriptions. The 50-unit note was later added in 1929, and a specimen example is shown here. Initially, these notes were not generally accepted and were used mainly by merchants and foreigners.