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2 bani 1879 2 bani 1879
20 mm diameter, 2 g, copper 95%, tin 4%, zinc 1%, flat edge
denomination "2 BANI", ROMANIA, year 1879, Romanian coat of arms, letter B and wheat ear, the signs of Romanian mint, outer pearl circle
inscription "CAROL I DOMNUL ROMANIEI" meaning "PRINCE OF ROMANIA" and CAROL I head facing left, outer pearl circle. Under the neck lies KULLRICH, the engraver's name.

Mintage:      500.000 coins in 1879

               10.500.000 coins in 1880

                 1.250.000 coins in 1881

2 bani 1880 2 bani 1880
2 bani 1880 - broken C 2 bani 1880 - broken C
2 bani 1881 2 bani 1880 - broken C - detail

Mintage: 500.000 coins in 1879, 10.500.000 in 1880 and 1.250.000 in 1881. Several variants exist: of 1879 with broken C in CAROL, of 1879 having the diameter of 19.5 mm instead of 20 mm and of 1880 with letters C or A broken (in CAROL).

The good quality 2 bani 1879 and 1880 coins pictures above are present on Romanian coins through the kind permission of an anonymous donor.

The pictures of 1880 coin (with broken C) are present on Romanian coins thanks to a kind contribution of Mr Andru C.

The pictures of an 1881 coin (rare and well priced in catalogs) and of the doubly struck coins are present on Romanian coins thanks to a kind contribution of Mr Radu Lissner.


2 bani 1880 - double striking and effigy displacement 2 bani 1880 - double striking, no effigy displacement

The images above feature to striking errors of the 2 bani coin of 1880. The image at left shows both a legend and an effigy displacement. The coin at right features double imprinting for the legend, the effigy not being affected.


Mr. Ispir Ovidiu sent us the following pictures. The images present a 2 bani 1879 coin that features 8 parallel lines inside the ear.

2 bani 1879 with wrinkles, 8 parallel lines inside the ear   Detail with the ear
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