||10 lei 2012 - cardinal Alexandru Todea - 100 Years since Birth||
37 mm diameter, 31.103 g, 99.9% silver, reeded edge |
Obverse: ROMANIA, coat of arms of Romania, year 2012, face value 10 lei, an image of the Blaj cathedral, inscription "CATEDRALA „SF. TREIME” BLAJ" meaning "HOLY TRINITY CATHEDRAL BLAJ"
|Reverse: bust of the prelate, inscription "CARDINALUL ALEXANDRU TODEA", years 1912-2002
Issuing date: 29th of October 2012
Mintage: 500 coins
About Romanian Cardinal Alexandru Todea
Alexandru Todea was born in the village of Teleac near Reghin (nowadays, in Mureº county). Being an Eastern Catholic, Alexandru studied theology at Blaj and at Rome, where he earned, in 1940, his PhD title in theology. In 1948 the Romanian Church United with Rome returned to the Romanian Orthodox Church, from which it was separated about 250 years earlier. Condemned during the communist regime to hard labor for life, he was pardoned in 1964. In 1990 the Romanian Church United with Rome, Greek-Catholic was reestablished, and in 1991 the pope John Paul II raised Alexandru Todea to the rank of cardinal of this Church.
In 1992 Todea was elected honorary member of the Romanian Academy.
Another hierarch of the Romanian Church United with Rome, bishop Petru Pavel Aron (1709-1764), is represented on another Romanian anniversary coin: 10 lei silver 2009.