||10 lei 2008
24.5 mm diameter, 13.5 g, 92.5% silver, flat edge
year 2008, circular inscription REPUBLICA MOLDOVA meaning "REPUBLIC OF MOLDAVIA" and the coat of arms of the Republic of Moldavia, in exergue denomination "10 LEI"
a flower, a blossom and three waterlily leaves, circular inscription · CARTEA ROȘIE · NUFĂR ALB · NYMPHAEA ALBA meaning "RED BOOK WHITE WATERLILY" (the scientific name being written with cursive capital letters)
Issuing date: 21st of November 2008
Maximum mintage: 500 coins
The coin was struck by the Czech Mint.
The Red Book series comprises the following 10 lei silver coins (until January 2013): wildcat and green woodpecker in 2001, black stork and European mink in 2003, pine marten in 2004, imperial eagle in 2005, great bustard in 2006, European ground squirrel in 2007 and white waterlily in 2008. In 2011 the series was enriched with a 50 lei coin with the Eurasian spoonbill and in 2012 with two other pieces - otter and lady's slipper.
About the Red Book
The Red Book is the name of a list of endangered animals and plants. The Red List of Threatened Species was created in 1963 by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources - IUCN, an international organization located in Switzerland. The list elaborated in the Soviet Union was named the Red Book. Nowadays the former Soviet republics have their own Red Books.