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100 lei 2008
Antioh Cantemir
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37 mm diameter, 31.1 g, 92.5% silver, flat edge
year 2008, circular inscription REPUBLICA MOLDOVA meaning "REPUBLIC OF MOLDAVIA" and the coat of arms of the Republic of Moldavia, in exergue denomination "100 LEI"
poet and diplomat Antioh Cantemir (image inspired by a 19th century gravure), years 1708 and 1744, inscription ANTIOH CANTEMIR

Maximum mintage: 1000 coins

The coin was struck by the Czech Mint.

In the Republic of Moldavia year 2008 was declared "Cantemir Year". On this occasion two anniversary coins were issued, a silver one dedicated to the poet Antioh Cantemir, and a gold one dedicated to prince Dimitrie Cantemir.

Antioh Cantemir was the son of Moldavian scholar and prince Dimitrie Cantemir and lady Casandra. He was born in 1708 at Constantinople and died in 1744, at Paris. His uncle Antioh Cantemir ruled Moldavia twice.

He was a satiric poet - he wrote in Russian, being considered the first modern Russian writer - and a remarkable diplomat of the Russian Empire which he represented at London and Paris. He held the Russian title of knyaz (prince), just as his father Dimitrie.


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