||10 lei 1996 England||
23 mm diameter, 4.65 g, nickel plated steel, flat edge. |
Obverse: ROMANIA, denomination "10 Lei", Romanian Coat of Arms and year 1996 between two laurel branches. At the lower-left coat of arms lies V.G. standing for Vasile Gabor, the engraver's name.
|Reverse: a stylized football (part from the logo of the 1996 UEFA European Football Championship in England), at left and at right football game scenes, Championship logo, football players, EURO 96 and legend "CAMPIONATUL EUROPEAN DE FOTBAL • ANGLIA" meaning "EUROPEAN FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP • ENGLAND", filled with four five-ray stars separated by pearls
Issuing date: 14th of June 1996
Mintage (maximum): 11.500 coins
It must be mentioned that the Romanian football team lost all three matches played at the 1996 UEFA European Football Championship: 1-0 with France, 1-0 with Bulgaria and 2-1 with Spain. Our single goal was scored by Florin Răducioiu. In the game with Bulgaria a goal scored by Dorinel Munteanu (after a corner kick) was malevolently not validated by the referee.