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31 mm diameter, 31.103 g, 99.9% silver, grained edge
Obverse: coat of arms of Romania, ROMANIA, year 2012, face value "10 LEI", several monuments representative for Romania, placed with the base on the circumference, with the outline of the map of Romania drawn above the monuments
Reverse: inside linear circle a drawing symbolizing the "way in which the euro has become a true global player in the last ten years and its importance in ordinary people's lives" [1], years 2002 and 2012 and, outside the inner linear circle, circular inscription "10 ANI DE LA INTRODUCEREA BANCNOTELOR SI MONEDELOR EURO" meaning "10 YEARS SINCE THE INTRODUCTION OF THE EURO COINS AND BANKNOTES"

Issuing date: 30th of January 2012

Mintage: 500 coins

About the Monuments on the Obverse

The following well-known monuments from Romania appear on the coin's obverse (starting from 5-6 hours, in counterclockwise direction):
- Peleș Castle from Sinaia (5-6 hours),
- a wooden church from Maramureș (maybe the one of Ieud-Deal),
- Romanian Athenaeum from Bucharest,
- Bran Castle,
- Huniad Castle from Hunedoara,
- Arcul de Triumf (Triumphal Arch) in Bucharest,
- Clock Tower from Sighișoara,
- Orthodox Metropolitan Catedral of Timișoara
- Turnul Chindiei (Chindia Tower) from Tîrgoviște,
- church of Voroneț Monastery from Moldavia.

The picture from Sighișoara appears on Romanian coins through the kind contribution of Mr Vasile Dorin, and the picture from Ieud, through the kind contribution of Mr Cristi Apetrei.

About the Design on the Reverse

The image on the reverse was chosen through a competition organized by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN). At the finals, held on the Internet, five models selected by a jury (out of over 800 projects that entered the competition initially) took part. Nearly 35,000 people were interested by the contest and voted for their favorite models. Only the residents of the euro zone countries were allowed to vote. The winning design, made by Mr. Helmut Andexlinger, engraver at the Austrian Mint, gathered 34% of votes - 1% more than the runner-up. The initials of the winner were engraved on the coins (on the Romanian silver coins these were not engraved). All the 17 euro zone countries have issued 2 € commemorative coins for circulation in 2012 with this design - around 90 million pieces in total. Such a coin, issued by Germany, is shown in the pictures below.

We can only look with envy at this way of choosing the coin's design through public contest and voting. We hope that NBR will soon organize such contests in its turn for choosing the design of coins, and that it would not be necesary for Romania to join the euro region in order for having the coin designs (or even themes) chosen openly.

The design shows that the euro is important for the community - represented by three buildings surrounded by trees, for ordinary people, who appear as four figures, a family with two children, a boy and a girl, for trade - represented by a vessel on the waves - for industry - a plant having smoking chimney!, for power generation - represented by two wind turbines - and for the banking system itself - represented by the European Central Bank headquarters in Frankfurt am Main (Willy Brandt Square), with the giant euro symbol in front of the building. The European Central Bank is the only bank authorized to issue euro banknotes. All these mentioned symbols are placed around an Earth globe, and above the globe is placed an €, the sign of the European currency.


1. ***, 10 Years of the Euro,, retrieved on February 2012.

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