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Codex of Vasile Lupu
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28 mm diameter, 14.5 g, 92.5% silver, reeded edge
year 2009, circular inscription REPUBLICA MOLDOVA meaning "REPUBLIC OF MOLDAVIA" and the coat of arms of the Republic of Moldavia, in exergue denomination "50 LEI"
Moldavian coat of arms, as appearing on the Codex of Vasile Lupu, surrounded by the cypher - in Cyrillic letters - Io V V B M G Z M, a book - surely, the codex!, circular inscription PRAVILA LUI VASILE LUPU – PRIMUL COD DE LEGI AL ȚĂRII MOLDOVEI • meaning "CODEX OF VASILE LUPU – FIRST LAW CODE OF MOLDAVIA'S LAND"

Maximum mintage: 1000 coins

The coin was struck by the Czech Mint.

The event Moldova 650 was celebrated by the National Bank of Moldavia through the issue of a special anniversary set comprised by 4 values (church of Căușeni, Codex of Vasile Lupu, Moldavian chronicles and Moldavia 650).

About the Pravila of Vasile Lupu

Pravila means codex, either of civil or ecclesiastic laws. The first printed codex of Moldavia appeared in May 1646, at Iași, the work being ordered and payed for by prince Vasile Lupu. The printing shop in Iași, capital of Moldavia, had been established with the help of Petru Movilă, metropolitan of Kiev. The shop was installed at the monastery Trei Ierarhi, founded by the same Vasile Lupu.

The original title of the codex was Carte românească de învățătură de la pravilele împărătești și de la alte giudețe, meaning Romanian Book of Teaching from the Imperial Laws and from Other Suits. The first part of the Pravila - 253 de paragraphs - was translated by logothete Eustratie after a collection of agrarian Byzantine laws from the 8th century. The second part - 1160 paragraphs - was translated after the contemporary Italian jurist Farinacci's work, and refers to penal offences - insult, theft, murder, bigamy. Money forgery was also punished by this codex. (Constantin C. Giurescu, Istoria Românilor)

The Pravila of Vasile Lupu was used in Moldavia over to the first years of the 19th century, so for more than 150 years.

The cypher around the Moldavian coat of arms should be read Io(an) V(asile) V(oievod) B(oje) M(ilosti) G(ospodar) Z(emli) M(oldavskoi), meaning Ioan Vasile Voivod, by the grace of God prince of Moldavia's Land (Slavic).


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