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50 bani 1910, 1911, 1912, 1914
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18 mm diameter, 2.5 g, silver 83.5%, copper 16.5%, grained edge
denomination "50 BANI", ROMANIA, year 1911, crown and olive branches
inscription "CAROL·I·REGE· ·AL·ROMANIEI" meaning "KING OF ROMANIA" and CAROL I head facing left. Under the neck lies TASSET, the engraver's name.
YearMintNumber of teeth
on the edge

The pictures of 50 bani 1911 and 1914 coins above are present on Romanian coins through the kind permission of an anonymous donor.

The coins struck at Brussels have the teeth on the edge with straight corners. The coins struck at Hamburg have teeth with round corners. The identification of the mint can be also done by counting the number of teeth on the edge of the coins. There are 120 teeth on the edge of the Hamburg 50 bani coins and 101 on the edge of the Brussels 50 bani coins.

Mr Cristian Ciuplea informed us that 50 bani coins were struck in 1911 at Brussels too, namely 1.400.000 pieces. In 1911 were struck at Hamburg 1.600.000 coins. Mr Ciuplea also published this information in German Münzen Revue in 2000. The situation is the same for 1 leu 1911: a batch of 300.000 coins were struck in 1911 at Brussels.

These coins were mainly struck with silver from older used coins that were melted (especially coins of 5 lei, 5 millions of such coins having been melted; total face value of coins thus melted: 28.280.000 lei - information provided by Mr. J. M.).

The picture of 50 bani 1910 coin above appear on the site thanks to the kind permission of Mr Cristian Ciuplea.

In spite of the fact that Romania was never a member of the Latin Monetary Union, it used the Union's coin types. So, Romania is among the European countries that a long time ago fought for a common currency on the continent and subsequently the leu must be accounted among the precursors of euro.

The Latin Monetary Union did not only mean common values for the coin series, (almost) common exchange rates, alike diameters, titles and weights for the entire coinage of its members or of the countries that used its coin types. It often meant common themes for the mintage products, as proven by the pictures of the Romanian 50 bani coin struck in 1914 and of the French 1 franc from 1915 placed side by side below for comparison. There was also a 50 centimes coin (1/2 franc in fact), with the same design.

Notice the olive branch and travel on to the next page for further similarities.

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