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500 lei 1999 Eclipse
Astronomical Observatory in Bucharest
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25 mm diameter, ~4 g, probably AlMg3, flat edge, proof-like quality
Incuse on the edge: ROMANIA (three times)
ROMANIA written above a field of 7 horizontal lines, denomination "500 LEI", year 1999, Romanian coat of arms, the Moon covering the Sun. The letter O from ROMANIA is placed over a disk representing the maximum phase of the eclipse, several rays of light being visible
Astronomical Observatory of the Romanian Academy, ground line, the Moon covering the Sun, denomination "500 LEI" above a field of 7 horizontal lines, Romanian coat of arms, ROMANIA above a field of 6 horizontal lines, year 1999

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

The second pattern pictures above are present on Romanian coins through the kind permission of Mr. COSARU.


Astronomical Institute of the Romanian Academy is placed in Carol Park in Bucharest. It was established in 1908, as Meteorological and Astronomical Observatory.

The Astronomical Observatory "Admiral Vasile Urseanu" of the Municipality of Bucharest is placed on Lascăr Catargiu Boulevard, and is functioning as a museum.

In paper "Proiecte de monede și medalii emise de Banca Națională a României în anii 1997 - 1999" published in volume "Cercetări numismatice VIII" (2002) Mr Ștefan Ursachi, the coin's designer, states that he had eleven face patterns made. On this page faces no. 4 and no. 1 are presented (no. 1 was used for the official issue also).

The circulation 500 lei 1999 eclipse coin is placed here.


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