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37 mm diameter, 31.103 g, 99.9% silver, reeded edge
Obverse: year 2012, coat of arms of Romania, ROMANIA, face value 10 lei, an image of the Colțea Hospital in București, below several rows of cells (vegetal cells, maybe), with nucleus
Reverse: bust of the scientist, cells with nucleus on background (vegetal cells?), inscription George Emil Palade 1912-2008

Issuing date: 19th of November 2012

Mintage: 500 coins

About Romanian Cell Biologist George Emil Palade

George Emil Palade was born in Iași, in the heart of Moldavia, where he attended the primary school. He graduated Alexandru Hasdeu High School in Buzău. He attended the courses of the Faculty of Medicine in Bucharest, and he was intern at Pantelimon and Colțea hospitals (both in Bucharest). He became Doctor of Medicine in 1940. During WWII he served as medic in the Royal Army of Romania [1]. In 1946 Palade emigrated in the United States of America. In USA he worked at New York University, at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, at Yale University and, to the end of his life, at California University.

Mihail Kogălniceanu School in Iași, on Lascăr Catargiu Street (former Karl Marx), the place where George Emil Palade has studied
memorial plaque on the wall of Mihail Kogălniceanu School

In this school between 1919 and 1922, set out scientist GEORGE EMIL PALADE his way to science, medical doctor of Romanian origin, born at Iași, on the lane of Sărărie, on 19.XI.1912. His discoveries represent the continuous efforts in the field of fundamental research in biology and medicine, efforts appreciated by the International Scientific Community, by awarding in 1974 the Nobel Prize, thus confering a brilliant prestige to the Romanian science and culture.

In 1974 the Nobel Prize was granted to Albert Claude, Christian de Duve and George E. Palade "for their discoveries concerning the structural and functional organization of the cell" [1]. So, Palade became the first Romanian who received this prestigious prize (and up to present, the sole). In 1995 Palade was elected honorary member of the Romanian Academy [2]; in [3] and generally on the Internet year 1975 is used).


1. Palade G. E., Autobiography,, retrieved February 2013.

2. ***, Lista membrilor de onoare din străinătate, Academia Română, retrieved February 2013.

3. Wikipedia, George Emil Palade, retrieved February 2013.

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