||50 lei 2011 - Carroling - Colindul||
30 mm diameter, 16.5 g, 99.9% silver, grained edge
year 2011, 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"
|three carollers, inscription "COLINDUL" meaning "CARROLING"
Issuing date: 9th of December 2011
Mintage: 1000 coins
Until today (January 2013) the series Holidays, culture, traditions comprises the following 50 lei silver coins: pottery in 2007, cooperage in 2008, weaving in 2009, traditional musical instruments in 2010, carroling - colindul in 2011, Sînzienele and Miorița ballad in 2012. To the same series belongs a nickel plated brass coin - 10 lei 2003 - Celebration of the Wine.
About the Carroling - Colindul
Colind in Romanian, (zero article form), comes from the Latin word calendae, meaning callends. As an old Romanian custom, colindul (with postfixed definite article) = the carolling takes place mainly near to the celebration of Christmas. Groups of carollers go from house to house singing carols, short and emotional songs, mostly with religious topics. The carollers are rewarded with colaci (traditional braided circular sort of bread) and fruits - nuts and apples especially, but also with other goodies as baked apples, beverages (wine in Moldavia and Walachia, horincă or palincă in Transylvania) or, in modern times, with cash money. In Moldavia colacii are sometimes born as trophies on a forked spit.