||50 bani 1921 - monetary essay||
21 mm diameter, ~4 g, nickel, flat edge |
denomination "50 BANI", crown and HUGUENIN (incuse)
|wing spread eagle holding a cross in its beak, ROMANIA and year 1921, monogram HF from Huguenin Frères & Co.|
This piece is virtually identical with the circulation coin of 50 bani 1921, but is marked with monogram HF from Huguenin Frères.
Exceptionally, the mintage figures for this particular type of essay are known. In a paper named "Unele date noi privind proiectele și probele monetare executate pentru România de casa de medalii Huguenin-Frères din Elveția" (Some Data Regarding Projects and Coin Proofs Struck for Romania by the Huguenin Frères Le Locle House from Switzerland, written by Constanța Știrbu and Katiușa Pârvan, published in Acta Moldaviae Meridionalis - Annual of the "Ștefan cel Mare" County Museum of Vaslui, XII-XIV, 1990-1992, p. 419-430), a table was published comprising the mintage figures of the essays and patterns struck at Huguenin for Romania (the original documents from Huguenin Frères & Co., filled in 1924 or later, having been obtained by Mr. Bogdan Stambuliu, numismatist from Geneva).
In conformity with the forementioned table, essays for 50 bani 1921 were struck using diffent alloys, namely: 100 from nickel, 68 from cupronickel, 90 from bronze, 83 from aluminum bronze, 83 from copper, 80 from tombac, 60 from brass and 61 from an alloy named "thuna" in French (probably the commercial name of an aluminum alloy - the name comes probably from the Swiss city of Thun, where an important metalurgical plant has functioned at that time).
The pattern pictures above are present on Romanian coins through the kind permission of an anonymous donor.