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37 mm diameter, 31.103 g, 99.9% silver, reeded edge
Obverse: ROMANIA, face value 10 LEI, year 2014, coat of arms of Romania, Alexandru Ioan Cuza wearing princely chlamys (photograph taken by Carol Popp de Szatmari)
Reverse: palace of the "Ion Mincu" University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest, inscription "150 DE ANI DE INVATAMANT DE ARHITECTURA" meaning "150 YEARS OF ARCHITECTURAL EDUCATION"

Issuing date: 29th of September 2014

Mintage: 250 coins

About the Beginnings of the Architectural Education in Romania

In December 1864 the School of Fine Arts (Școala de Belle-Arte) was inaugurated in Bucharest, with a distinct specialization in architecture. For lack of sufficient candidates, the architecture specialization functioned intermittently. In 1904 the Superior School of Architecture (Școala Superioară de Arhitectură) was established, transformed in 1931 into the Academy of Architecture. At its turn this institutions became the Faculty of Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Bucharest. From 1952, at Bucharest functioned the Architecture Institute, converted in 2000 in the University of Architecture and Urbanism "Ion Mincu".

Of course, over time the students could prepare for being architects in other Romanian universities also. Faculties of Architecture exist nowadays in Iași, Cluj-Napoca, Timișoara and Oradea.

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