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38.61 mm diameter, 28.28 g, 92.5% silver, grained edge
sun and sun rays in middle, a stork and grape above, denomination "100 LEI", a folkloric motif in wreath shape, year 1996, inscription "PROCLAMAREA INDEPENDENTEI 1991" meaning "PROCLAMATION OF THE INDEPENDENCE"
Moldavian coat of arms, inscription REPUBLICA MOLDOVA meaning "REPUBLIC OF MOLDAVIA", oak branch

This is the first anniversary coin issued by the Republic of Moldavia.

The coin was struck by the Royal Mint, in Llantrisant (Wales).

Accordingly to the coin's pamphlet, the maximum mintage was 20.000 coins. Accordingly to unofficial information, 2.000 pieces only were struck.

The Republic of Moldavia struck coins also for the 10th anniversary, for the 15th anniversary and for the 20th anniversary of the proclamation of the independence.

About the white stork and grapes

The flying white stork with grapes in beak is one of the today's Republic of Moldavia symbols. The legend said that in the times of Stephen the Great and the Holy some Moldavian soldiers were besieged by the Turks in the fortress of Soroca. After several days the food stocks were finished and the warriors were in danger not to be able to continue the fight. A white stork flying over the fortress dropped the grape carried in its beak, and then many other grapes. With this unexpected help, the Moldavian fighters regained their strength and the hope for victory, attacking and defeating the Turks.


List of anniversary coins issued by the Republic of Moldova between 1996 and 2013


nr. face
 value 
issue
date
diameter
[mm]
mass
[g]
composition mintage
(maximum)
mint name
1
100 lei
08.11.1996
38.61
28.28
92.5% silver
20000
Royal Mint, Llantrisant
   5th anniversary of the independence
2
100 lei
29.11.2000
37
31.1
92.5% silver
1000
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   600 years since the enthronement of Alexander the Good in Moldavia
3
100 lei
29.11.2000
37
31.1
92.5% silver
1000
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   525 years from the battle of Vaslui
4
100 lei
29.11.2000
37
31.1
92.5% silver
1000
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   100 years from the birth of Ștefan Neaga
5
100 lei
29.11.2000
37
31.1
92.5% silver
1000
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   150 years from the birth of Mihai Eminescu
6
50 lei
25.12.2000
30
16.5
92.5 silver
1000
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   Căpriana Monastery - Monasteries of Moldavia series
7
50 lei
25.12.2000
30
16.5
92.5 silver
1000
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   Vărzărești Monastery - Monasteries of Moldavia series
8
50 lei
25.12.2000
30
16.5
92.5 silver
1000
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   Hîrbovăț Monastery - Monasteries of Moldavia series
9
50 lei
25.12.2000
30
16.5
92.5 silver
1000
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   Hîrjauca Monastery - Monasteries of Moldavia series
10
50 lei
25.12.2000
30
16.5
92.5 silver
1000
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   Țigănești Monastery - Monasteries of Moldavia series
11
50 lei
25.12.2000
30
16.5
92.5 silver
1000
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   Japca Monastery - Monasteries of Moldavia series
12
50 lei
25.12.2000
30
16.5
92.5 silver
1000
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   Rudi (Rughi) Monastery - Monasteries of Moldavia series
13
50 lei
25.12.2000
30
16.5
92.5 silver
1000
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   Curchi Monastery - Monasteries of Moldavia series
14
50 lei
25.12.2000
30
16.5
92.5 silver
1000
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   Tabăra Monastery - Monasteries of Moldavia series
15
50 lei
25.12.2000
30
16.5
92.5 silver
1000
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   Saharna Monastery - Monasteries of Moldavia series
16
50 lei
25.12.2000
30
16.5
92.5 silver
1000
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   Călărășăuca Monastery - Monasteries of Moldavia series
17
50 lei
25.12.2000
30
16.5
92.5 silver
1000
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   Dobrușa Monastery - Monasteries of Moldavia series
18
50 lei
25.12.2000
30
16.5
92.5 silver
1000
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   Suruceni Monastery - Monasteries of Moldavia series
19
50 lei
25.12.2000
30
16.5
92.5 silver
1000
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   Cușilăuca Monastery - Monasteries of Moldavia series
20
50 lei
25.12.2000
30
16.5
92.5 silver
1000
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   Condrița Monastery - Monasteries of Moldavia series
21
50 lei
25.12.2000
30
16.5
92.5 silver
1000
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   Hirova Monastery - Monasteries of Moldavia series
22
50 lei
25.12.2000
30
16.5
92.5 silver
1000
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   Frumoasa Monastery - Monasteries of Moldavia series
23
50 lei
25.12.2000
30
16.5
92.5 silver
1000
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   Noul Neamț Monastery - Monasteries of Moldavia series
24
50 lei
25.12.2000
30
16.5
92.5 silver
1000
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   Răciula Monastery - Monasteries of Moldavia series
25
50 lei
25.12.2000
30
16.5
92.5 silver
1000
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   Hîncu Monastery - Monasteries of Moldavia series
26
100 lei
29.08.2001
37
31.1
92.5% silver
1000
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   10th anniversary of the independence
27
50 lei
05.11.2001
30
16.5
92.5% silver
1000
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   180 years from the birth of Vasile Alecsandri
28
50 lei
05.11.2001
30
16.5
92.5% silver
1000
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   125 years from the birth of Constantin Brâncuși
29
10 lei
05.11.2001
24.5
13.5
92.5% silver
1000
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   wildcat - Red Book of the Republic of Moldavia series
30
10 lei
05.11.2001
24.5
13.5
92.5% silver
1000
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   green woodpecker - Red Book of the Republic of Moldavia series
31
10 lei
20.08.2003
24.5
13.5
92.5% silver
500
?
   black stork - Red Book of the Republic of Moldavia series
32
10 lei
20.08.2003
24.5
13.5
92.5% silver
500
?
   European mink - Red Book of the Republic of Moldavia series
33
50 lei
20.08.2003
30
16.5
92.5% silver
500
State Mint
Romania
   370 years from the birth of Miron Costin
34
50 lei
10.10.2003
30
16.5
92.5% silver
500
State Mint
Romania
   330 years from the birth of Dimitrie Cantemir
35
10 lei
10.10.2003
30
25
nichel plated
brass
3000
State Mint
Romania
   Celebration of the wine - Holidays, culture, traditions
36
100 lei
02.07.2004
24
7.8
99.9% gold
300
?
   500 years from the death of Stephen the Great and the Holy
37
10 lei
23.08.2004
24.5
13.5
92.5% silver
500
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   pine marten - Red Book of the Republic of Moldavia series
38
50 lei
25.10.2004
30
16.5
92.5% silver
500
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   380 years from the birth of Dosoftei, metropolitan of Moldavia
39
10 lei
06.06.2005
30
25
nichel plated
brass
500
?
   European Women Chess Championship
40
10 lei
29.08.2005
24.5
13.5
92.5% silver
500
State Mint
Romania
   imperial eagle - Red Book of the Republic of Moldavia series
41
50 lei
29.08.2005
30
16.5
92.5% silver
500
State Mint
Romania
   415 years from the birth of Grigore Ureche
42
100 lei
29.08.2005
37
31.1
92.5% silver
500
?
   Burebista - king of the Dacians
43
10 lei
01.06.2006
24.5
13.5
92.5% silver
500
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   great bustard - Red Book of the Republic of Moldavia series
44
50 lei
01.06.2006
30
16.5
92.5% silver
500
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   200 years from the birth of Alexandru Donici
45
100 lei
01.06.2006
37
31.1
92.5% silver
500
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   15th anniversary of the National Bank of the Republic of Moldavia
46
100 lei
21.08.2006
37
31.1
92.5% silver
500
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   15th anniversary of the independence
47
50 lei
12.11.2007
30
16.5
92.5% silver
500
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   pottery - popular tradition - Holidays, culture, traditions
48
100 lei
12.11.2007
37
31.1
92.5% silver
500
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   380 years since the enthronement of Petru Rareș in Moldavia
49
50 lei
18.12.2007
30
16.5
92.5% silver
500
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   350 years from the death of Varlaam, metropolitan of Moldavia
50
10 lei
18.12.2007
24.5
13.5
92.5% silver
500
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   European ground squirrel - Red Book of the Republic of Moldavia series
51
10 lei
21.11.2008
24.5
13.5
92.5% silver
500
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   white waterlily - Red Book of the Republic of Moldavia series
52
50 lei
21.11.2008
30
16.5
92.5% silver
500
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   cooperage - popular tradition - Holidays, culture, traditions
53
50 lei
21.11.2008
30
16.5
92.5% silver
500
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   the oak tree of Stephen the Great - Monuments of Moldavia series
54
100 lei
21.11.2008
37
31.1
92.5% silver
1000
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   300 years from the birth of Antioh Cantemir
55
100 lei
21.11.2008
24
7.8
99.9% gold
1000
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   335 years from the birth of Dimitrie Cantemir
56
50 lei
15.06.2009
30
16.5
92.5% silver
500
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   Struve geodetic arc - Monuments of Moldavia series
57
50 lei
15.06.2009
30
16.5
92.5% silver
500
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   weaving - popular tradition - Holidays, culture, traditions
58
20 lei
15.06.2009
22
8
92.5% silver
1000
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   church "The Dormition of the Holy Virgin" from Căușeni
59
50 lei
15.06.2009
28
14.5
92.5% silver
1000
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   prince Vasile Lupu's "pravila" – the first Law Code of Moldavia
60
100 lei
15.06.2009
34
22.5
92.5% silver
1000
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   Moldavian chronicles
61
200 lei
15.06.2009
37
24.9
99.9% gold
1000
Czech Mint
(Ceská Minkovna)
   650 years from the founding of Moldavia
62
50 lei
03.08.2010
28
13
99.9% silver
500
?
   Maria Cebotari - 100 years from her birth - Personalities series
63
50 lei
03.08.2010
28
13
99.9% silver
500
?
   Doina and Ion Aldea-Teodorovici - twin hearts - Personalities series
64
100 lei
03.08.2010
28
15,5
99.99% gold
300
?
   Doina and Ion Aldea-Teodorovici - twin hearts - Personalities series
65
50 lei
03.08.2010
28
13
99.9% silver
500
?
   Grigore Vieru - Alley of the Classics in the "Stephen the Great and the Holy" public garden in Chișinău series
66
100 lei
03.08.2010
28
15,5
99.99% gold
300
?
   Grigore Vieru - Alley of the Classics in the "Stephen the Great and the Holy" public garden in Chișinău series
67
50 lei
03.08.2010
30
16.5
99.9% silver
500
?
   Orheiul Vechi natural and cultural reserve - Monuments of Moldavia series
68
50 lei
03.08.2010
30
16.5
99.9% silver
500
?
   traditional musical instruments - Holidays, culture, traditions series
69
50 lei
03.08.2010
30
16.5
99.9% silver
500
?
   Buna Vestire (Annunciation) church in Chișinău - 200 years from the establisment
70
50 lei
03.08.2010
30
16.5
99.9% silver
1000
?
   100 years of Moldavian football - Sport series
71
100 lei
03.06.2011
37
31.1
99.9% silver
500
?
   20 years since the establishment of the National Bank of Moldova
72
100 lei
01.07.2011
37
31.1
99.9% silver
1000
?
   20 years of independence of the Republic of Moldova
73
100 lei
01.07.2011
37
31.1
99.9% silver
1000
?
   575 years since the first mentioning of Chișinău
74
50 lei
03.10.2011
28
13
99.9% silver
500
?
   architect Alexandru Bernardazzi - 180 years since birth
75
50 lei
03.10.2011
28
13
99.9% silver
500
?
   Bogdan Petriceicu Hasdeu - Alley of the Classics in the "Stephen the Great and the Holy" public garden in Chișinău series
76
100 lei
03.10.2011
24
7.8
99.99% gold
300
?
   Bogdan Petriceicu Hasdeu - Alley of the Classics in the "Stephen the Great and the Holy" public garden in Chișinău series
77
50 lei
09.12.2011
30
16.5
99.9% silver
500
?
   spoonbill - Red Book of the Republic of Moldavia series
78
50 lei
09.12.2011
30
16.5
99.9% silver
1000
?
   colindul (carroling) - popular tradition - Holidays, culture, traditions
79
50 lei
21.06.2012
30
16.5
99.9% silver
2000
?
   sînzienele - Holidays, culture, traditions
80
50 lei
21.06.2012
30
16.5
99.9% silver
1000
?
   London 2012 Olympic Games - Sport series
81
50 lei
21.06.2012
28
13
99.9% silver
2000
?
   Ion Creangă - Alley of the Classics in the "Stephen the Great and the Holy" public garden in Chișinău series
82
100 lei
21.06.2012
24
7.8
99.99% gold
1000
?
   Ion Creangă - Alley of the Classics in the "Stephen the Great and the Holy" public garden in Chișinău series
83
50 lei
21.06.2012
28
13
99.9% silver
2000
?
   555 years since the enthronement of Stephen the Great and the Holy - Personalities series
84
100 lei
21.06.2012
28
15.5
99.99% gold
1000
?
   555 years since the enthronement of Stephen the Great and the Holy - Personalities series
85
50 lei
10.10.2012
28
13
99.9% silver
500
?
   Andrei Lupan, poet and publicist - 100 Years since Birth - Personalities series
86
50 lei
10.10.2012
30
16.5
99.9% silver
2000
?
   Miorița Ballad - 160 Years since the first publication - Holidays, culture, traditions series
87
50 lei
10.10.2012
30
16.5
99.9% silver
2000
?
   Butuceni Monastery - Monasteries of Moldavia series
88
50 lei
10.10.2012
30
16.5
99.9% silver
2000
?
   Soroca Fortress - Monuments of Moldavia series
89
50 lei
10.10.2012
30
16.5
99.9% silver
1000
?
   Măzărache Church in Chișinău
90
50 lei
10.10.2012
30
16.5
99.9% silver
1000
?
   otter - Red Book of the Republic of Moldavia series
91
50 lei
10.10.2012
30
16.5
99.9% silver
1000
?
    lady's-slipper orchid - Red Book of the Republic of Moldavia series
92
100 lei
12.07.2013
28
13
99.9% silver
2000
?
   Guguță - literary character from the books of Spiridon Vangheli - Holidays, culture, traditions series
93
50 lei
12.07.2013
28
13
99.9% silver
1000
?
   Alexandru Plămădeală - 125 years since birth - Personalities series
94
50 lei
12.07.2013
28
13
99.9% silver
1000
?
   Alexei Mateevici - 125 years since birth - Personalities series
95
50 lei
12.07.2013
28
13
99.9% silver
1000
?
   Adrian Păunescu - Alley of the Classics in the "Stephen the Great and the Holy" public garden in Chișinău series
96
100 lei
12.07.2013
24
7.8
99.9% gold
1000
?
   Adrian Păunescu - Alley of the Classics in the "Stephen the Great and the Holy" public garden in Chișinău series
97
100 lei
12.07.2013
37
31.1
99.9% silver
1000
?
   European Year of Citizens - Historical events series
105
50 lei
21.07.2014
28
13
99.9% silver
1000
?
   Candle of Gratitude - Monuments of Moldavia series
106
100 lei
21.07.2014
28
13
99.9% silver
1000
?
   20 Years since the Adoption of the Constitution of the Republic of Moldova - Historical events series
107
50 lei
21.07.2014
30
16.5
99.9% silver
500
?
   125th Anniversary of the Founding of the National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History - Historical events series
108
50 lei
20.10.2014
30
16.5
99.9% silver
500
?
   glossy ibis - Plegadis falcinellus - Red Book of the Republic of Moldavia series
109
50 lei
20.10.2014
30
16.5
99.9% silver
500
?
   Paeonia peregrina - Red Book of the Republic of Moldavia series
110
50 lei
20.10.2014
28
13
99.9% silver
500
?
   Tamara Ciobanu - 100 years since birth - Personalities series
111
100 lei
20.10.2014
28
13
99.9% silver
1000
?
   Dumitru Matcovschi - 75 years since birth - Personalities series
112
50 lei
20.10.2014
28
13
99.9% silver
500
?
   Nicolae Milescu - Spătarul - Alley of the Classics in the "Stephen the Great and the Holy" public garden in Chișinău series
113
100 lei
20.10.2014
24
7.8
99.99% gold
300
?
   Nicolae Milescu - Spătarul - Alley of the Classics in the "Stephen the Great and the Holy" public garden in Chișinău series
114
50 lei
23.02.2015
30
16.5
99.9% silver
1000
?
   mărțișorul (March ensign) - Holidays, culture, traditions series
115
50 lei
02.11.2015
28
13
99.9% silver
500
?
   Constantin Constantinov - Personalities series
116
50 lei
02.11.2015
28
13
99.9% silver
500
?
   Constantin Stere - Alley of the Classics in the "Stephen the Great and the Holy" public garden in Chișinău series
117
100 lei
02.11.2015
24
7.8
99.99% gold
300
?
   Constantin Stere - Alley of the Classics in the "Stephen the Great and the Holy" public garden in Chișinău series
118
50 lei
02.11.2015
30
16.5
99.9% silver
500
?
   European pond turtle - Emys orbicularis - Red Book of the Republic of Moldavia series
119
50 lei
02.11.2015
30
16.5
99.9% silver
500
?
   Pommer Mansion from Țaul village, Dondușeni - Bozar mansions series
120
50 lei
02.11.2015
30
16.5
99.9% silver
500
?
   Maria Bieșu - 80 years since birth - Famous women series
121
50 lei
02.11.2015
30
16.5
99.9% silver
500
?
   wooden church of the Dormition from Village Museum in Chișinău - Sanctuaries series
122
100 lei
02.11.2015
37
31.1
99.99% silver
1000
?
   Grigore Vieru - 80 years since birth - Personalities series

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