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500 lei 2003 - 150th anniversary of the birth of composer Ciprian Porumbescu
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37 mm diameter, 31.103 g, silver 99,9%,
ornamented edge
Obverse: ROMANIA, year 2003, Romanian coat of arms, denomination value 500 LEI, a piano and a violin, over the piano the composer's signature
Reverse: composer bust over a staff with some notes, circular inscription CIPRIAN PORUMBESCU, 1853 - 1883 between two f-shaped sound holes

Issuing date: 21st of July 2003

Mintage: 500 coins

The pictures of the coin above are present on Romanian coins through the kind permission of Mr. J. Ardelean.

About Ciprian Porumbescu

Composer Ciprian Porumbescu was born in 1853 in the village of ™ipote, (nowadays in the county of Suceava), inside the Romanian province of Bucovina that at the time was occupied by Austria.

He is considered to be one of the predecessors of Romanian music. During his studies in Vienna he edited a "Collection of Social Songs for the Romanian Students".

His best known creations are operetta Crescent, Serenade, Ballad for Violin and Piano (the violin and the piano appearing on this very coin).

Ciprian Porumbescu composed the music for the Albanian national anthem, "Hymni i Flamurit", i.e. Flag's Hymn, song known in Romania as the famous patriotic song "Imnul unirii - Pe-al nostru steag e scris Unire", i.e. Union's Hymn - On our Flag is Written Union.

The melody "Three colours", also by him composed, has provided the melody for the national anthem of Romania from the 70's over to 1989.

The mechanical musical clock of the Agapia monastery has played for long years the famous Ballad of Ciprian Porumbescu (up until fifteen years ago).

Below are presented - through the kind permission of Mr. Alan Glasser - the pictures of a tombac essay for 500 lei 2003 Ciprian Porumbescu.

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