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50 lei 2002 - Romanian wildlife reserves and parks
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50 lei 2002 - Romanian wildlife reserves and parks
triangle inscribed inside a 16.5 mm radius circle, each curved side 29.54 mm long,
15.551 g, silver 99.9%, flat edge
Obverse: ROMANIA, Romanian coat of arms, year 2002, face value 50 LEI and (beneath the coat of arms) a polygon which pretends to symbolize one of the cardinal points of a compass card (although the polygon resembles a mountain!)
Reverse: inscription REZERVATII SI PARCURI NATIONALE meaning NATIONAL RESERVES AND PARKS, a picture of the featured protected animal, its scientific name and the name of the reservation in which it lives

Issuing date: 16th of September 2002

Mintage: 500 sets

The chamois, also known as shammy, black goat in Romanian, belongs to the family of Bovidae, subfamily of Caprinae and is named Rupicapra rupicapra in Latin. It can reach 0.8 meters at withers, 1.3 meters of lenght and 60 kilograms. The chamois lives in the high mountains of Europe, in Romania being found in Retezat, Făgăraș, Parîng and Bucegi between Walachia and Transylvania. In the fifties just 1.500 heads were left in Romania, but ever after their number kept increasing and increasing to a fair sum.

Beside its straight horns having the tips bent backward, the hunters are also keeping as trophy the chamois's mane. The mane starts on the forehead and goes all the way to the tail.

Disappeared from the Oriental Carpathian Mountains, it was recently colonized in Rodna's Mountains of Maramureș (Transylvania), especially in the Pietrosu Reserve that stretches over more than 3.300 hectares around the Pietrosu Peak (highest in the Oriental Carpathians, 2.303 m). At the time the preserving efforts are directed in reintroducing the chamois in the Ceahlău Reserve in Moldavia - worth noticing is that the chamois is and was the main charge on the Moldavian county of Neamț coat of arms despite its extinction in the region.

chamois from Bucegi

The chamois photos above were taken in 2004, in the Bucegi Mountains, on the Jepii Mici (Small Dwarf Mountain Pines) Valley.

chamois from Ceahlău

The chamois photos above were taken in september 2005, near Toaca Peak in Ceahlău Mountains.

The golden eagle is to be found in the mountainous districts of the Northern Hemisphere. It belongs to the order Falconiformes, family of Accipitridae = Aquilidae, being scientifically named Aquila chrysaëtos; it reaches 1 meter from the tip of the bill to the tip of the tail and has a wingspan of up and even over 2 meters.

The common lynx, i.e. the Eurasian lynx is closely related to its North American cousin, the bobcat. It belongs to the order of Fissipeda, family of Felidae and is scientifically called Lynx lynx. Nocturnal and solitary animal, it reaches 1.5 meters in lenght (of which the tail spans around 25 centimeters), 85 centimeters in height and weighs up to 45 kilograms. In the eigthies only 1.500 heads were left in Romania, the hunt being allowed only under direct supervision of the Silviculture Ministry at the time.

The first nature preservation law was passed in Romania in 1930. In 1933 the "Comission for Preserving Nature's Monuments" was established, which the same year declared as protected and monuments of nature several animals, among which species of vultures, eagles, pelicans, the large egret, the small egret, the raven and the lynx. Emil Racoviță was member of this comission and Romanian numismatics remembered him also on an anniversary coin.

The National Park Retezat dates back from 1935. Today it stretches on over 16.000 hectares, 1.600 from which enjoying integral protection.

The silver anniversary coins pictures above are present on Romanian coins through the kind permission of Mr. Adrian Popovici.

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