||10 lei 1996 Atlanta Set||
|23 mm diameter, 4.65 g, nickel plated steel, flat edge |
Common obverse: ROMANIA, denomination "10 Lei", Romanian Coat of Arms and year 1996 between laurel branches. At the lower-left coat of arms lies V.G. standing for Vasile Gabor, the engraver's name.
Issuing date: 31st of July 1996
Mintage (maximum): 19.600 coins
up: Romanian flag, inscription ROMANIA, the five Olympic rings
1st quarter: inscription "1996 ATLANTA JOCURILE OLIMPICE" meaning "1996 ATLANTA OLYMPIC GAMES" and the Olympic Flame
2nd quarter: on the background of an ancient temple, near an altar, Nike (the Greek goddess of victory) with a palm branch in the left hand, crowning an athlete with a laurel wreath
3rd quartier: an athlete passing a finish line
4th quartier: inscription "CENTENARUL JOCURILOR OLIMPICE MODERNE 1896-1996" meaning "CENTENNIAL OF THE MODERN OLYMPIC GAMES"
below: a laurel branch
|yachting - keelboat men||sailing - RS:X - Windsurfer Men|
|legend: ATLANTA U.S.A. XXVI OLYMPIAD 1996|
|swimming - butterfly men||rowing - eight with coxswain (8+) men|
|legend: 1996 GAMES ATLANTA U.S.A. XXVI OLYMPIAD|
|Reverses: As you see the reverses speak for themselves. It's quite hard to explain why Romanian coins (such as these) have to have legends written completely in English, and even those badly written.|
|canoe / kayak - canoe double men|
legend: 1996 GAMES · ATLANTA U.S.A. XXVI OLYMPIAD
The set was issued on 31st of July 1996. The maximum mintage of each coin was 19.600 pieces.
The Atlanta set comprises six steel and six silver coins. The obverses are common to the twelve and you have six different reverses of all. This rather ugly set was sold in 1996 for 310.000 lei (almost 90 US$).