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1 leu, 10 and 100 lei 2013 - Romanian Singer Maria Tănase - 100 Years Since Birth
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37 mm diameter, 23.5 g, coppered tombac, reeded edge
Obverse: ROMANIA, face value 1 LEU, year 2013, coat of arms of Romania, an old wooden horn gramophone, an allusion to the first phonograph record of Maria Tănase (dated 1934)
Reverse: bust of the Romanian singer, inscription MARIA TANASE and years 1913-1963

Issuing date: 14th of August 2013

Mintage: 250 coins (or maybe 350)

37 mm diameter, 31.103 g, 99.9% silver, reeded edge
Obverse: ROMANIA, face value 10 LEI, year 2013, coat of arms of Romania, an old wooden horn gramophone, an allusion to the first phonograph record of Maria Tănase (dated 1934)
Reverse: bust of the Romanian singer, inscription MARIA TANASE and years 1913-1963

Issuing date: 14th of August 2013

Mintage: 500 coins (or maybe 600)

21 mm diameter, 6.452 g, 99.9% gold, reeded edge
Obverse: ROMANIA, face value 100 LEI, year 2013, coat of arms of Romania, an old wooden horn gramophone, an allusion to the first phonograph record of Maria Tănase (dated 1934)
Reverse: bust of the Romanian singer, inscription MARIA TANASE and years 1913-1963

Issuing date: 14th of August 2013

Mintage: 100 coins


The 100 lei gold coin (6.452 g, 21 mm, 90% gold, 100 pieces only) was sold only inside a coin set, together with the silver and tombac coins. It is not clearly stated if the 100 coins used for completing the sets were included in the 500 silver and 250 tombac minting figures or they were additionally minted on top.

Maria Tănase was an extraordinary singer. She was particularly noted as an interpreter of traditional folk music. In 1939 she performed at Romania's pavilion at New York World's Fair, thus coming into being the jokes with Maria Tănase and president Roosevelt. Between her best known songs are "Ciuleandra", "Cine iubește și lasă", "Mărie și Mărioară" and "Bun îi vinul ghiurghiuliu".

A remarkable resemblance between the gramophone represented on the coin and another gramophone exists, the later having been sold at an Internet auction; the image can be seen here. Below a picture of the auctioned gramophone overimposed on the coin can be seen.


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