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1 leu 1876
23 mm diameter, 5 g, silver 83.5%, copper 16.5%, grained edge
ROMANIA, denomination "1 LEU", wreath formed by interlaced laurel and oak branches, outer pearl circle
Romanian coat of arms, year 1876, STERN, the name of the engraver and a portrait, sign used for coins struck at Brussels, outer pearl circle

Mintage: 4.443.393 coins in 1873

               4.511.607 coins in 1874

                  225.000 coins in 1876



Mintage: 4.443.393 coins in 1873, 4.511.607 in 1874, 225.000 in 1876.

The 1873 and 1876 silver coins pictures above are present on Romanian coins through the kind permission of Mr. Radu Lissner. The 1874 coin pictures above are present on Romanian coins through the kind permission of an anonymous donor.

The mintmark used for these coins is actually the head of Archangel Michael, patron of the city of Brussels (more info on the next or on the previous page).


A variant of the 1873 1 leu, quoted usually twice as the regular coin, is the so called "broken L" variant. The two pictures below capture the die imperfection; they are present on Romanian coins by the kind contribution of Mr. Moise Alexandru-Răzvan.

1 leu 1873 - broken L 1 leu 1873 - broken L

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