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250 lei 1941 250 lei 1941
30 mm diameter, 12 g, silver 83.5%, copper 16.5%, flat edge
denomination "250 LEI", Romanian coat of arms and year 1941, wreath made from grapevine with leaves and clusters and wheat ears
Incuse on the edge: NIHIL SINE DEO
inscription "MIHAI I REGELE ROMANILOR" meaning "KING OF THE ROMANIANS", MIHAI I head facing left.
Under the neck lies H. IONESCU, the engraver's name.

Mintage: 13.750.000 coins

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

About 250 lei 1941 - NIHIL SINE DEO

These coins entered circulation on 5th-7th of June 1941, replacing the similar issue with TOTUL PENTRU TARA on the edge. [Liliana-Nicoleta Hanganu, Marci pootale, proiecte de monede oi probe de bancnote din perioada statului na?ional-legionar (septembrie 1940 - ianuarie 1941), Cercetari numismatice VIII, 2002 - Stamps, coin projects and banknote essays from the period of national-legionary state (September 1940 - January 1941), Numismatic Researches]

The 250 lei coins struck under Michael differ in the inscriptions they have on the edge. Both the ones featuring NIHIL SINE DEO (NOTHING WITHOUT GOD in Latin) and the ones with TOTUL PENTRU TARA (meaning ALL FOR THE HOMELAND) that entered circulation were struck in 1941. As a second distinction besides the edge engraving, inscription ~ 1941 ~ is guarded by two wavy lines on the NIHIL SINE DEO coin only and thusly unlike to the TOTUL PENTRU TARA variant (next page).

250 lei 1941 NIHIL SINE DEO 250 lei 1941 - the sign that separates the words of the edge motto - detail

Three rhomboidal adorned signs separate the words of the incuse inscription NIHIL SINE DEO on the edge. As it can be seen in the pictures above, the small axes of the rhombi are horizontal.


Coins with the face value of 250 lei were struck also under the king Carol II, in 1939 and 1940. These coins bear on the edge the inscriptions MUNCA CREDINTA REGE NATIUNE. Although the faces bearing the value of 250 lei seem to be identical to both kings, they are different. An obvious difference is shown in the picture below (the wheat leaf near the digit 2 in 250 is straight on the Carol II coins, at left or bent on the Michael 1941 coins, at right).

engraving differences - 250 lei 1939 - at left - and 1941 - at right
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