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30 mm diameter, 16.5 g, 99.9% silver, grained edge
year 2012, 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"
an image of the rock in the heart of which the monastery was carved, incription MĂNĂSTIREA BUTUCENI meaning MONASTERY OF BUTUCENI

Issuing date: 10th of October 2012

Mintage: 2000 coins

The coins belong to the Monasteries of Moldova series.

About Butuceni Monastery (Cave Monastery)

The monastery was established in the 15th century. Nowadays the access into the monastery is done through a tunnel. The tunnel entrance has a belfry above - represented on the 50 lei 2010 coin dedicated to Orheiul Vechi nature and cultural reserve. Nearby, on the edge of the cliff, is a stone cross, dating from the 18th century. In 1816 the five monks and three novices were moved to Suruceni Monastery [1]. Around year 1820 the subterranean church was used by the inhabitants of Butuceni village. From 1904 Butuceni has its own church, dedicated to Saint Mary, erected at the highest point of the promontory.

In spite of the opposition of the local museum curators, in year 1996 several monks came to live here.


1. Bârcea D., Nicolae M., Românitatea răsăriteană. Biserici rupestre din Basarabia. (Eastern Romanity. Cave monasteries from Basarabia) Ed. SEMNE, București, 2006.

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