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100 lei 1991 100 lei 1991
29 mm diameter, 8.75 g, nickel plated steel, flat edge
Incuse on the edge: ROMANIA (three times) denomination "100 LEI" and year 1991, at right an oak branch, at left a laurel branch. At the right rim lies C.D. standing for Constantin Dumitrescu, the engraver's name (obverse only).
inscription MIHAI VITEAZUL meaning MICHAEL THE BRAVE, his bust and ROMANIA. On the right shoulder lies V.G. standing for Vasile Gabor, the engraver's name (reverse only).

Issuing date: 1st of December 1991

Mintage: 12.600.000 coins in 1991

               70.500.000 coins in 1992

               78.000.000 coins in 1993

             125.000.000 coins in 1994

               30.000.000 coins in 1995

               11.000.000 coins in 1996


This coin was issued on 1st of December 1991. The information concerning the estimated mintage figures for the coins struck after 1989 is given after "Standard Catalog of World Coins", editor G. Cuhaj.

On the edge is written ROMANIA for three times. The words are separated by groups of three stars with eight rays each.

ROMANIA three stars with eight rays each

The obverse characters on the 100 lei coins struck in 1991 and 1992 are thick. From 1992 on the coins feature thin characters (the digits of 100 differ the most). In 1992 both thick and thin character coins were struck. Moreover, the digits 9 used for representing the year also differ. There are straight ended and round ended 9's. The common 1992 coins (both thin and thick) feature straight ended 9's. There are known coins of 1992 with round ended 9's, belonging to the thick 100 digits category (extremely rare, since we found only five pieces out of about two hundred checked - we ourselves were surprised to recently learn of their existence).

100 lei 1992 - thin caracters 100 lei 1992 - round ended 9's
coin featuring thin characters coin of 1992 with round ended 9's - extremely rare

The pictures below show how the other years were spelled.

100 lei 1993 100 lei 1994 100 lei 1995 100 lei 1996

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