||500 lei 2008 - 90th Anniversary of the Great Union of 1918||
35 mm diameter, 31.103 g, gold 99.9%, grained edge |
denomination 500 LEI, year 2008, coat of arms of Romania over a laurel wreath, ROMANIA
|steel crown of the kings of Romania, above inscription "NIHIL SINE DEO" meaning "NOTHING WITHOUT GOD" in Latin, years 1918 and 2008, below inscription "1 DECEMBRIE" meaning "DECEMBER 1st" inside a laurel wreath
Issuing date: 28th of November 2008
Mintage: 250 coins
The pictures of the coin above are present on Romanian coins through the kind permission of Mr. J. Ardelean.
The steel crown was created for the coronation of king Carol I in 1881. It has been made out of the steel of a Turkish cannon captured as spoils of war at Plevna by the Romanian soldiers.
Nihil sine deo was the motto of the House of Hohenzollern, also used by the kings of Romania. Almost all Romanian coins struck between 1867 and 1947 bear this motto, either on a ribbon belonging to the coat of arms, either as inscription on the edge (or both).