||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 (over to June 2018):
- 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,
- Dianthus deltoides - maiden pink in 2018 (2017).
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.