||100 roubles 2001 - Churches from Transnistria||
|32 mm diameter, 14.14 g, silver 92.5%, flat edge
denomination "100 RUBLEI" (Cyrillic), coat of arms of the self proclaimed republic of Transnistria (bearing hammer and sickle), inscription · PRIDNESTROVSKII RESPUBLIKANSKII BANK · (Cyrillic) meaning "[TRANS] NISTRIAN REPUBLICAN BANK", year 2001
|Orthodox church from Rașcov, in field year 1778, circular inscription TZERCOVI SVEATOI JIVONACHIALINOI TROITZY RAȘCOV (in Russian, with Cyrillic letters) meaning CHURCH OF THE LIFE-CREATING HOLY TRINITY RAȘCOV|
The series comprises nine silver and nine gold coins issued in 2001. Another silver and one golden coin were added to the theme in 2006, both with the cathedral of Rîbnița.
About the village of Rașcov
Rașcov is a village on the left bank of River Nistru, between the cities of Camenca and Rîbnița. In medieval times Rașcov was a small town.
The borough of Rașcov is mentioned in the chronicle of Miron Costin, in the chapter about the reign of Vasile Lupu's son: Ștefăniță-voivod here, as a young man, her sister, lady Roxanda, not wanting to come on account of his father's and his letters in the country from Rașcov, borough that Hmil [Bohdan Khmelnytsky] had given, after the death of his son, Timuș, have sent army against Rașcov, to beat it and take her forcingly. Alas nothing could ours do to Rașcov, only some riot with the Cossacks did they".
|the church of Zăzuleni, in the field year 1854, circular inscription ȚERCOVI PARASKEVÎ SERBSKOI ZOZULIANÎ (in Russian, with Cyrillic letters) menaing CHURCH PARASKEVA FROM SERBIA ZĂZULENI||the church, nowadays deserted and ruined, from the village of Zăzuleni on the left bank of River Nistru, picture taken in september 2008 from the middle of the river|
About the village of Zăzuleni
Zăzuleni is a Romanian village on the left bank of River Nistru, vis-à-vis with the renowned cave monastery of Țîpova. Zăzuleni is merged with another Romanian village, Popencu. After the war at Nistru in 1992 the village has fallen inside the Transnistrian separatist region of the Republic of Moldova.
The church of Zăzuleni, dedicated to Saint Paraskeva, protectress of Moldavia, was chosen by Transnistria to appear on a coin from the series "Orthodox Temples of Transnistria". The church is placed right on the bank of River Nistru, between reed and willow trees. As you can see in the picture above (September 2008), today the church is ruined. So the coin must have been designed after an old times pictrure.
The relics of Saint Paraskeva, protectress of Moldavia, are kept at Iași, former capital of Moldavia and major city of Romania, where voivod Vasile Lupu installed them in the church dedicated to the Saint Three Hierarchs. During the Middle Ages the relics were moved several times. Due to the period when the relics were kept in Serbia the erroneous opinion appeared - found in the name of the church of Zăzuleni - that Saint Paraskeva was of Serbian origin. The Romanian name Parascheva is used mainly by the Church; the people call the saint Paraschiva, variant often used as given Christian name.
About the village of Stroiești
Stroiești is a village placed on the left bank of River Nistru, between the cities of Camenca and Rîbnița, downstream Rașcov.
|the church of Stroiești, in the field XIX VEK - 19th century, circular inscription TZERCOVI MIHAILA ARHANGHELA STROENTZY (in Russian, with Cyrillic letters) meaning CHURCH OF ARCHANGEL MICHAEL STROIEȘTI|
About the village of Vadul Turcului
Vadul Turcului is a village near the left bank of River Nistru, between the cities of Camenca and Rîbnița, downstream Rașcov, near Stroiești.
|the church of Vadul-Turcului, in the field year 1784, circular inscription TZERCOVI ROJDESTVA PRESVEATOI BOGORODITZY VADUL-TURCULUI (in Russian, with Cyrillic letters) meaning CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY OF OUR MOST HOLY LADY TEOTOKOS (God-bearer) VADUL TURCULUI|
About the village of Vărăncău
Vărăncău is a village near the left bank of River Nistru, downstream Rîbnița.
|the church of Vărăncău, in the field year 1800, circular inscription TZERCOVI USPENIIA PRESVEATOI BOGORODITZY VORONKOVO (in Russian, with Cyrillic letters) meaning CHURCH OF THE DORMITION OF THE OUR MOST HOLY LADY TEOTOKOS VĂRĂNCĂU|
There are coins issued by Transnistria. Knowing one might rightfully be wondering what is Transnistria about, we tried to depict on the site the issue as best as we could. Click the links below to clarify yourself.
For further information confront the Modern and contemporary history section inside the Brief and Comprehensive History of Romanians and Romania page.
Why Transnistrian Coins on Romanian Coins?
Because Transnistrian coins are held in their pockets and used as such by Romanian speaking Romanians on their native land.