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30 mm diameter, 16.5 g, 99.9% silver, grained edge
year 2010, circular inscription REPUBLICA MOLDOVA meaning "REPUBLIC OF MOLDAVIA" and the coat of arms of the Republic of Moldavia, in exergue horizontal line and denomination "50 LEI"
sideview of the Church of Annunciation in Chișinău, inscriptions "BISERICA BUNA VESTIRE" meaning "CHURCH OF ANNUNCIATION" and "CHIȘINĂU 1810-2010"

Issuing date: 3rd of August 2010

Mintage: 500 coins


This is the first coin from the Holy Houses series. The second coin of the series is 50 lei 2012 - Măzărache Church from Chișinău.

About the Church of Annunciation from Chișinău

As the votive inscription show, the church was rebuilt in stone in year 1810, over an older building. It is one of the oldest churches in Chișinău, and among the few churches built before the Russian occupation (in 1812 the Czarist Russia seized the lands between Prut River and Nistru River from Moldavia) that managed to survive until today.

The votive inscription was writen in Romanian, with Cyrillic letters:

ACEST SFÎNT LĂCAȘ CARI DIN
NOU S-AU FĂCUT DE CĂPITANU
GAVRIIL TERI[N]TI: ȘI DE ALȚI
IUBITORI: DE H[RI]S[TOS] UNDE SĂ CIN
STE:ȘTI HRAMUL BUNII VES
TIRI LA LET: 1810 · OCT[OMBRIE] · 2
THIS HOLY PLACE THAT
WAS MADE ANEW BY CAPTAIN
GAVRIIL TERI[N]TI: AND BY OTHER
LOVERS: OF CHRIST WHERE IS WOR
SHI:PPED THE ANNUNCIA
TION AT YEAR: 1810 · OCT[OBER] · 2

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