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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 (over to July 2021):

- 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.

The series also comprises the following 50 lei coins:

- Eurasian spoonbill in 2011,

- otter and lady's slipper in 2012,

- mute swan and Coenagrion mercuriale damselfly in 2013,

- glossy ibis and the peony Paeonia peregrina in 2014,

- European pond turtle in 2015,

- red-breasted goose in 2016

- maiden pink - Dianthus deltoides in 2018,

- saker falcon - Falco cherrug in 2018,

- summer snowflake - Leucojum aestivum in 2019 and

- Papilio machaon swallowtail in 2020.

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.

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