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28 mm diameter, 13 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"
bust of poet Grigore Vieru from the side, semicircular inscription GRIGORE VIERU 1935-2009

Issuing date: 3rd of August 2010

Mintage: 500 coins

28 mm diameter, 15.5 g, 99.9% gold, 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 "100 LEI"
bust of poet Grigore Vieru from the side, semicircular inscription GRIGORE VIERU 1935-2009

Issuing date: 3rd of August 2010

Mintage: 300 coins


The two coins with Grigore Vieru belong to the series Alley of the Classics from the public garden "Stephen the Great and the Holy" in Chișinău, being the first items of the series. To the same series belong two coins from 2011, dedicated to Bogdan Petriceicu Hasdeu.

About Poet Grigore Vieru

Grigore Vieru was born on the 14th of February 1935 at Pererita, in the county of Hotin, Romania. The village is placed on the left bank of Prut River, facing the villages Miorcani and Coțușca on the right bank. After graduation of faculty, he worked as editor at different magazines in Chișinău. From 1993 he was correspondent member of the Romanian Academy. Vieru died on the 18th of January 2009, as result of a grave car accident, just as the cultural figures Doina and Ion Aldea-Teodorovici.

In his poems Grigore Vieru revered the Mother, the Romanian Language and the National Unity, as it is also shown on the certificate of authenticity accompanying the coins.

Grigore Vieru played a very important role in the movement of national awakening in the Moldavia between Prut and Nistru in the ending years of the communism. On his lyrics artists Doina and Ion Aldea-Teodorovici created a multitude of patriotic songs. Many people stil remember that during years 1988-1989, the announced programme of the Chișinău television (USSR at the time) was being interrupted for a few minutes and Grigore Vieru showed up, emotionally reciting from his lyrics - true national manifests. Grigore Vieru was one of the speakers at the Great National Gathering in Chișinău, on the 27th of August 1991, when the Independence of the Republic of Moldova was proclaimed. Click here to listen to a fragment of the great poet and patriot Grigore Vieru's speech, interrupted by ovations for the Union. The speech, in mp3 format(~500 kb), can be downloaded by right-clicking and choosing the option "Save Target As". Arguably, Grigore Vieru is the most important contemporary Romanian poet.


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