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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"
a spoonbill at the edge of a water, between plants, circular inscription · CARTEA ROȘIE · LOPĂTAR · PLATALEA LEUCORODIA meaning "RED BOOK SPOONBILL" (the scientific name being written with cursive capital letters)

Issuing date: 9th of December 2011

Mintage: 500 coins

The Red Book series comprises the following 10 lei silver coins (over to July 2021):

- wildcat and green woodpecker in 2001,

- black stork and European mink in 2003,

- pine marten in 2004,

- imperial eagle in 2005,

- great bustard in 2006,

- European ground squirrel in 2007 and

- white waterlily in 2008.

The series also comprises the following 50 lei coins:

- Eurasian spoonbill in 2011,

- otter and lady's slipper in 2012,

- mute swan and Coenagrion mercuriale damselfly in 2013,

- glossy ibis and the peony Paeonia peregrina in 2014,

- European pond turtle in 2015,

- red-breasted goose in 2016

- maiden pink - Dianthus deltoides in 2018,

- saker falcon - Falco cherrug in 2018,

- summer snowflake - Leucojum aestivum in 2019 and

- Papilio machaon swallowtail in 2020.

About Eurasian Spoonbill

The spoonbill is a large bird, reaching 85 centimeters in height and having a wingspan larger than 2.5 meters. The spoonbill has white feathers, with yellow spots the neck, and on the beak. In Romania the spoonbills nest in regions with dense rush, especially in the Danube Delta. In winter spoonbills migrate to Africa [2].

Ion Simionescu wrote in "Fauna României" [3]: "[...] it is dressed with white feather mantle and only at neck it has a rustier wide circle; from the nape hangs a tuft of feathers [...]. The Romanian wonderfully gave it the name lopătar [shoveler], because it stirs with it the mud in which it finds small crayfishes, snails, its usual food."

The scientific name of this bird is Platalea leucorodia. The gender name, Platalea, means spoonbill in Latin. Leuco (or the Greek leuko) means white, and herodio, herodius - heron. Otherwise, leucon is the Latin name of the white heron (great egret, Ardea Alba) [1].


1. Guțu G., Dicționar latin-român (Latin-Romanian Dictionary). Editura Științifică și Enciclopedică, București, 1983.

2. Radu D., Păsările lumii (Birds of the world). Editura Albatros, București, 1977.

3. Simionescu I., Fauna României (Fauna of Romania), Editura Albatros, București, 1983.

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