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50 bani 1973 50 bani 1973
18 mm diameter, 2.5 g, silver 83.5%, copper 16.5%, grained edge
ROMANIA, denomination "50 BANI", wreath formed by interlaced laurel and oak branches, outer pearl circle
crown and year 1873 inside a wreath formed by interlaced laurel and oak branches, below the ribbon that ties the branches STERN, the name of the engraver, aboved a portrait, sign used for coins struck at Brussels, outer pearl circle

Mintage: 4.810.000 coins in 1873

               2.116.980 coins in 1876


Mintage: 4.810.000 coins in 1873 and 2.116.980 in 1876. Accordingly to monograph "Monede și bancnote românești" there are pieces with sides facing either commonly (inverted) or the medal fashion (upright).

In Moldavia the 50 bani coin was also called dutcă (dutce at the plural) or dupcă, recalling of some small Russian and Polish silver coins that also circulated in the Romanian Principalities. In Walachia this small silver piece was also called băncuță.

The coin pictures above are present on Romanian coins through the kind permission of Mr. Florin Andrei Lungu.


The ensign used by José Allard mint in Brussels appearing on the values of 50 bani, 1 leu and 2 lei (1872 - 1876) is not a barbell, as pointed by the Romanian specific literature, yet it is a portrait. This fact is conspicuously noticeable only on perfectly preserved, mint state coins. Plane to see, the barbell description provided by specific printed numismatic materials is wrong. Of interest to see that the face or mask differs with the denomination value and the year of issue.

This ground shaking datum along the illustrative pictures accompanying it and the uncirculated coin pictures below are present on Romanian coins as courtesy of Mr Radu Lissner.

We received new info from Mr. J.M.. We quote from his letter: "The mintmark on the coins, struck at Brussels between 1872 and 1876, is actually the head of Saint-Michael, patron of the city of Brussels. This mintmark was used for several centuries up to the independence of Belgium in 1830, but disappeared then from the Belgian coins, only to reappear again in the 1960s. It was, however, used on the coins struck for Romania in Brussels in 1872-1876, and on some essays of the same period made for Switzerland."

In the picture below details on the 50 bani 1873, 2 lei 1873 and 2 lei 1876 silver pieces are displayed (from left to right for the beholder).

Ensign of José Allard mint in Brussells - details on the 50 bani 1873, 2 lei 1873 and 2 lei 1876 silver pieces (from left to right for the beholder)
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