||50 lei 1937, 1938||
24 mm diameter, 5.83 g, Ni 97.5%, grained edge |
denomination "50 lei", year 1937 and Romanian coat of arms, at left laurel twig, at right oak twig; outer pearl circle
|the inscription "CAROL II REGELE ROMANILOR" meaning "KING OF THE ROMANIANS" and CAROL II head with parade headdress, facing left; outer pearl circle. Under the neck lies |
I. Jalea, the engraver's name.
Mintage: 12.000.000 coins in 1937
8.000.000 coins in 1938
The pictures above are present on Romanian coins through the kind permission of an anonymous donor.
The nickel coins of 100 lei minted in 1936 and 1938 (shown on the next page) and those of 50 lei of 1937 and 1938 were drawn out of circulation once WW2 started. The coins struck during the war were made of zinc (2, 5 and 20 lei) or nickel plated iron (100 lei), solutions cheaper than nickel itself and also less necessary to the armament industry. Accordingly to Schäffer - Stambuliu catalog from 2009, the alloy of these coins contain 1.5% cobalt.
The pieces pulled out were demonetized, that is stamped inside a pattern that impressed both on the obverse and reverse paralel lines and concentric circles (varying from case to case). This step forewent destruction and was meant to hinder fraudulent reintroduction of the coins back again on the market by the operators that were assigned to retrieve the precious metal. Below there is such a marked coin (for melting) that somehow escaped destruction. The pictures below were made available to Romanian coins by Mr Cătălin Gavrilă.