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1 leu 1894, 1900, 1901
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1 leu 1894, 1900, 1901
23 mm diameter, 5 g, silver 83.5%, copper 16.5%, grained edge
denomination "1 L", year 1894, 1900 or 1901, ROMANIA, Romanian coat of arms, outer pearl circle
inscription "CAROL I REGE AL ROMANIEI" meaning "KING OF ROMANIA" and CAROL I head facing left, outer pearl circle. Under the neck lies A. SCHARFF, the engraver's name.

Mintage: 1.500.000 coins in 1894

                  798.800 coins in 1900

                  369.614 coins in 1901

Mintage: 1.500.000 coins in 1894, 798.800 in 1900 and 369.614 in 1901. According to the book Monetele Romāniei (Coins of Romania, Iliescu and Radovici, 2004), the mintage of 798.800 coins is for years 1900 and 1901 together. The 1894 coins were struck at Brussels and the coins from the other years at Hamburg. The silver used for the Hamburg coins seems to be from the used coins of the '70.

Alike the 50 bani and 2 lei pieces, the 1 leu pieces of 1901 are made by modification of the year on the dies manufactured in 1900. As consequence the two digits of 1 differ one from the other in dimension on all values (information received from Mr Radu Lissner). He also sent us the pictures of the coins above.

We can figure how much was such a piece worth by noting that in 1898 a student scholarship rose to 100 lei.

A rare variant of 1 leu 1894 coin

Below is presented a variant of 1 leu 1894. The last three letters from engraver's name, RFF from SCHARFF, are shifted below the rest with almost half of the height of a letter.

The coin pictures below are present on Romanian coins through the kind permission of an anonymous donor.

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