||10 lei 2008 - 100 years from the birth of Romanian economist Costin Kirițescu||
37 mm diameter, 31.103 g, 99.9% silver, outer pearl circle, reeded edge |
Obverse: face value 10 LEI, year 2008, ROMANIA, coat of arms of Romania, five coins: one Moldavian gros (groat) from Petru Mușat, a Walachian ducat from Vladislav I, one Dutch lion-taler from 1660 (struck at Utrecht?), the 1 ban coin from 1867 and the 1 leu silver coin from 1870
|Reverse: portrait of the economist, an open book near an inkpot and a feather, circular inscription COSTIN KIRITESCU 100 ANI DE LA NASTERE 1908 meaning "100 YEARS FROM BIRTH", in the field a handwritten quotation from Kirițescu: "Am simțit înfiorat respirația adâncă a istoriei." meaning "With thrill I felt the deep breath of history."; outer pearl circle
Issuing date: 6th of June 2008
Mintage: 500 coins
This coin was dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the birth of Romanian economist Costin C. Kirițescu. The 10 lei 2008 coin pictures above are present on the site through the permission of an anonymous donor.
About Costin Kirițescu (1908 - 2002)
Costin Kirițescu was the son of Constantin Kirițescu, author of the monumental historical work "Istoria războiului pentru întregirea României 1916 - 1919" (History of the War for Romania's Completion 1916 - 1919).
The economist Costin Kirițescu studied at Bucharest. He obtained his Ph.D. title in Germany. In 1992 he was elected member of the Romanian Academy. He worked for many years at the National Bank, and after 1989 he was member in the Administrative Council of NBR. He worked also as a university professor. Costin Kirițescu has written many scientific papers. For the numismatists his best known work is "Sistemul bănesc al leului și precursorii lui" (Pecuniary System of Leu and its Precursors), published in three volumes between 1964 and 1970.