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23 mm diameter, 5.1 g, yellow metal (copper? bronze?)
face value "10 LEI", laurel wreath, open book, gear wheel, two wheat ears, smoke flue and shape resembling an industrial background
"REPUBLICA SOCIALISTA ROMANIA" meaning "SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF ROMANIA", year 1987 between two squares and Romanian coat of arms
23 mm diameter, 2.3 g, aluminum
face value "10 LEI", laurel wreath, open book, one half of a gear wheel, two wheat ears, smoke flue and shape resembling an industrial background
"REPUBLICA SOCIALISTA ROMANIA" meaning "SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF ROMANIA", year 1987 between two squares and Romanian coat of arms
23 mm diameter, 21.5 g, bronze
face value "10 LEI", laurel wreath, open book, one half of a gear wheel, two wheat ears, smoke flue and shape resembling an industrial background, the Endless Column of TÓrgu-Jiu
? mm diameter, ? g, nickel or bronze clad steel
face value 10 LEI, double vegetal wreath (wheat ears, grapes, sunflower, corncob), three pentagons with diverse design elements: in the one in the middle an open book, the torch of Science, light rays

The color pictures above are present on Romanian coins through the kind permission of Mr. J. Ardelean.

The three patterns pictured in black and white belonged to the former collection C. Ciuplea.


The book, the gear wheel and the wheat ears are an allegory of the alliance, deemed unquestionable, noble and endless by default, that ought to have existed between the stratum of intelectuals and the two social classes: workers and peasants.


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