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37 mm diameter, 23.5 g, coppered tombac, flat edge
Obverse: Romanian coat of arms, face value 1 LEU and, inside a laurel wreath, the painting "Revolutionary Romania" of painter Constantin David Rosenthal
Reverse: portrait of Nicolae Bălcescu (painted by Gheorghe Tattarescu), part of an aquarelle made by Costache Petrescu, picturing a group of revolutionaries, years 1819 and 2009, inscriptions "DREPTATE FRATIE UNITATE" meaning "RIGHTEOUSNESS BROTHERHOOD UNITY" and "NICOLAE BALCESCU"

Issuing date: 30th of December 2009

Mintage: 1000 coins

37 mm diameter, 31.103 g, 99.9% silver, flat edge
Obverse: Romanian coat of arms, face value 10 LEI and, inside a laurel wreath, the painting "Revolutionary Romania" of painter Constantin David Rosenthal
Reverse: portrait of Nicolae Bălcescu (painted by Gheorghe Tattarescu), part of an aquarelle made by Costache Petrescu, picturing a group of revolutionaries, years 1819 and 2009, inscriptions "DREPTATE FRATIE UNITATE" meaning "RIGHTEOUSNESS BROTHERHOOD UNITY" and "NICOLAE BALCESCU"

Issuing date: 30th of December 2009

Mintage: 1000 coins

35 mm diameter, 31.103 g, 99.9% gold, flat edge
Obverse: Romanian coat of arms, face value 500 LEI and, inside a laurel wreath, the painting "Revolutionary Romania" of painter Constantin David Rosenthal
Reverse: portrait of Nicolae Bălcescu (painted by Gheorghe Tattarescu), part of an aquarelle made by Costache Petrescu, picturing a group of revolutionaries, years 1819 and 2009, inscriptions "DREPTATE FRATIE UNITATE" meaning "RIGHTEOUSNESS BROTHERHOOD UNITY" and "NICOLAE BALCESCU"

Issuing date: 30th of December 2009

Mintage: 500 coins


This is the first Romanian anniversary coin without inscription ROMANIA.

About the three poins placed in equilateral triangle form ∴ that appear on the reverse

In a masonic document three points placed in triangular form appear after letters to mark that the letters are initials of a masonic title (G∴M∴ for Grand Master, or G∴L∴ for Grand Lodge). This is not a simbol. The ∴ sign do not derive from Cabala or from antique simbols, being an abbreviation. The idea of using three points for abbreviation probably came from 3 as masonic number. The three points may refer to the officers of the Grand Orient de France Lodge, because the sign was used at the beginnings by the French masonry. [Mackey G. Albert, An Encyclopaedia of Freemasonry and its Kindred Sciences. The Masonic History Company, New York and London, vol. II, 1916, p. 785.]

The presence of the masonic sign ∴ on the coin is a remembrance that Nicolae Bălcescu was mason. One of the lodges established in Romania after 1989 was named Bălcescu.


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