||25 bani 1955||
22 mm diameter, 3.6 g, 80% copper, 20% nickel, grained edge |
denomination "25 BANI" and year 1955 inside an oak wreath
|Inscription "REPUBLICA POPULARA ROMINA" meaning "ROMANIAN PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC" and Romanian coat of arms, under the coat of arms a small line|
Mintage: 16.700.000 coins
The coins of 10 and 25 bani struck in 1955 and 1956 differ from the previous ones due to some orthographical changes that lasted from 1954 over to 1963. The words român (Romanian), România (Romania) and others alike were spelled romîn, Romînia. So these newer coins feature REPUBLICA POPULARA ROMINA instead of ROMANA.
In the monograph Monede şi bancnote româneşti (Buzdugan, Luchian and Oprescu, 1977) these coins are presumed to be made from nickel. They seem to be made from the same alloy as the 10 bani coins in the same series, which are declared to be cupronickel. It is obvious that these coins cannot be made from nickel, because this metal is ferromagnetic and the coins of this series are not attracted by the magnet.
The coins certain to have been made of nickel as the 50 and 100 lei 1936-1938 or the Canadian cents (e.g. 5 cents struck between 1955 and 1981 or 10 and 25 cents struck after 1968) are strongly attracted by the magnet. The Romanian cupronickel (75% copper and 25% nickel) coins, e.g. the 5, 10 and 20 bani 1905 and 1906 or the 1 and 2 lei 1924 are not attracted by the magnet.