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100 lei 1996 Atlanta - obverse 100 lei 1996 Centennial of the Modern Olympic Games 1896 - 1996 - reverse
37 mm diameter, 27 g, Ag 92.5%, flat edge
Common obverse: ROMANIA, denomination "100 Lei", Romanian Coat of Arms and year 1996 between laurel branches. At the lower-left coat of arms lies V.G. standing for Vasile Gabor, the engraver's name.

Issuing date: 31st of July 1996

Mintage (maximum): 19.600 coins

up: Romanian flag, inscription ROMANIA, the five Olympic rings

1st quarter: inscription "1996 ATLANTA JOCURILE OLIMPICE" meaning "1996 ATLANTA OLYMPIC GAMES" and the Olympic Flame

2nd quarter: on the background of an ancient temple, near an altar, Nike (the Greek goddess of victory) with a palm branch in the left hand, crowning an athlete with a laurel wreath

3rd quartier: an athlete passing a finish line

4th quartier: inscription "CENTENARUL JOCURILOR OLIMPICE MODERNE 1896-1996" meaning "CENTENNIAL OF THE MODERN OLYMPIC GAMES"

below: a laurel branch

100 lei 1996 Atlanta - yachting - keelboat (yngling) - reverse 100 lei 1996 Atlanta - sailing - RS:X - Windsurfer Men - reverse
yachting - keelboatsailing - RS:X - Windsurfer Men
legend: ATLANTA U.S.A. XXVI OLYMPIAD 1996
100 lei 1996 Atlanta - swimming - butterfly men - reverse 100 lei 1996 Atlanta - rowing - eight with coxswain (8+) men - reverse
swimming - butterfly menrowing - eight with coxswain (8+) men
legend: 1996 GAMES ATLANTA U.S.A. XXVI OLYMPIAD
100 lei 1996 Atlanta - canoe / kayak - canoe double men - reverse Reverses: As you see the reverses speak for themselves. It's quite hard to explain why Romanian coins (such as these) have to have legends written completely in English, and even those badly written.
canoe / kayak - canoe double men
legend: 1996 GAMES · ATLANTA U.S.A. XXVI OLYMPIAD
 

The set was issued on 31st of July 1996. The maximum mintage of each coin was 19.600 pieces.

The Atlanta set comprises six steel and six silver coins. The obverses are common to the twelve and you have six different reverses of all. This rather ugly set was sold in 1996 for 310.000 lei (almost 90 US$).

Apart from the FAO 100 lei in 1995, all Romanian silver and gold anniversary coins have two regions of roughness. The lower region is a shiny, mirroring one, whereas the higher, (corresponding to the details, letters, digits), has been polished in order to obtain a somewhat frosty gloss.


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