||1 ban 1953, 1954||
15 mm diameter, 1 g, 95% copper, 5% aluminum, grained edge |
denomination "1 BAN" and year 1953
|Romanian coat of arms |
(new 1953 model - with star)
Mintage 1953: 8.000.000 coins
Mintage 1954: 15.300.000 coins
These coins were struck at Bucharest Mint. The bronze used for these coins contains a small amount of aluminum (instead of zinc, as MBR claims).
The coins struck from 1953 on have a slight difference on the obverse. The communist inspired coat of arms got a red star atop of it in order to be more alike to the Soviet Union coat of arms. A similar change happened in the Czechoslovakian coat of arms approximately in the same period. See below the Soviet coat of arms and some other Soviet inspired coats of arms bearing the red star atop.