||2 paras / 3 kopecks 1773 with roses - Sadagura||
~35 mm diameter, 20.4 g, silver |
two inclined oval shields, surrounded by wreath of roses, in the left shield the aurochs head of Moldavia, in the right one the Walachian eagle with Patriarchal cross in its beak, sitting on crown, ground lines, waning moon to the right, above the shields a princely crown, in exergue horizontal line and year 1773, in the upper part semicircular inscription MON. MOLD: I VALOSK., in Russian; outer toothed circle; edge adorned with vegetal motif
|Cyrillic inscription 2 PARA (PARA underlined with one or two close lines) 3 KOPIEKI inside a square with the sides made of torsades; outer toothed circle|
The pictures of the silver piece above are present on Romanian coins through the kind permission of "Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co. KG, Osnabrück", owner of the coin images being "Lübke & Wiedemann, Stuttgart".
Since the face value is too small in comparison to the intrinsic value of the metal contained, the silver pieces can not be considered coins. Sometimes they are considered patterns. Most likely, these silver pieces served as models, in order to demonstrate to the very high level authorities (empress Catherine II, marshal Rumyantsev etc.) the production of the Sadagura mint.