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28 mm diameter, 13 g, 99.9% silver, grained edge
year 2013, 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 Păunescu, years 1943 and 2010 written as fraction, inscription ADRIAN PĂUNESCU

Issuing date: 12th of July 2013

Mintage: 1000 coins

24 mm diameter, 7.8 g, 99.9% gold, grained edge
year 2013, 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 Păunescu, years 1943 and 2010 written as fraction, inscription ADRIAN PĂUNESCU

Issuing date: 12th of July 2013

Mintage: 1000 coins


The two coins with Adrian Păunescu belong to the series Alley of the Classics from the public garden "Stephen the Great and the Holy" in Chișinău.

Poet

Adrian Păunescu and Grigore Vieru are the most prominent Romanian contemporary poets, in a natural distinction of their creative power and friendship which united them beyond death.

Păunescu's poems as "Rugă pentru părinți", "Jurămînt la Putna", "Clopotul Reîntregirii", "Jurămînt pentru Ardeal", "Colindul Ardealului", "Trăiască România", "Doamne, ocrotește-i pe români" [Prayer for Parents, Oath at Putna, Recompletion Bell, Oath for Transylvania, Transylvania's Carol, Long Live Romania, God, Bless the Romanians] are known by all Romanians in this Country, as well as from nigh and from afar, and have left their consistent mark while shaping a historical period.

Adrian Păunescu wrote enormously, being the most prolific Romanian contemporary poet.

Flacăra Cenacle, Totuși Iubirea Cenacle

To the national conscience Păunescu stays as the initiator and soul of the Flacăra [Flame] Cenacle, a cenacle which lauched many talents, brought beautiful songs to light, shaped the taste of Romanians toward Romanian music, for poetry, for folk genre (especially), strengthened the feelings of national pride. Flacăra Cenacle attracted numerous valuable artists and musical groups from the entire Romania: Ștefan Hrușcă, Vasile Șeicaru, Mircea Vintilă, Tatiana Stepa, Valeriu Sterian, Anda Călugăreanu, Vanghele Gogu, Nicu Alifantis, Victor Socaciu, Gil Ioniță, George Nicolescu, Cristian Buică, Ion Hagiu, Adrian Jacotă, the men's chorus from Finteușu Mare, the Choir of Bocsig but many others also.

The concerts of the cenacle were performed on sports stadia all over the country, inasmuch as no auditoriums existed spacious enough for those fascinated by the Flacăra phenomenon. As a personal mark, Păunescu would recite the verses while songs were being sung, and so thousands of spectators were being involved into rendering humongous improvised choirs together with the artists.

Come into being in 1973 and bearing the name of the magazine to which Adrian Păunescu was chief editor, the Cenacle reached a huge popularity at the beginning of the 80's, being terminated by the authorities in 1985.

A new cenacle, Totuși iubirea [Nevertheless the Love], was founded by the poet after the Romanian revolution of 1989, this time also succeeding in attracting valuable artists and poets, this time already accomplished, as Tudor Gheorghe, Grigore Vieru, Nicolae Dabija, Ion and Doina Aldea Teodorovici, Grigore Leșe, Maria Gheorghiu, Mircea Rusu, Andrei Păunescu.

After Adrian Păunescu

After the shift of regime in 1989, Păunescu was blamed for supporting president Nicolae Ceaușescu, a support that had actually existed in the time of economic prosperity and cultural thaw of the regime.

On the political background of indiscriminate negation of the entire Ceaușescu period, Adrian Păunescu was denigrated through press campaigns, his value was contested, his poetry was withdrawn from schoolbooks in Romania.

After his passing on, as lasting consequence, a limited number of busts were raised in his memory in this country, generaly in discrete places only. The memory of the poet has received a maximal esteem on the Alley of Classics in Chișinău, the Republic of Moldova, were Păunescu's bronze countenance stands next to the classics of the Romanian literature, in the Central Park of Municipium - capital city.

The poetry left from Adrian Păunescu has patrimonial value, is actual and lives in the Romanian conscience - a monument he built by himself, being the most durable of all.

Basarabia

Adrian Păunescu was born on the 20th of July 1943 at Copăceni, in the county of Bălți, in Basarabia. Today the village of Copăceni is included in the rayon of Sîngerei. Fled over River Prut with the family as refugees of war, Adrian spent his childhood at Bîrca, in the county of Dolj, in grandparents' house.

As poet he dedicated poems to the Moldavia of Stephen the Great, in a period during which the word Basarabia, the province where he was born, was taboo.

Adrian Păunescu supported the national rebirth in the Moldavia beyond River Prut. During the defence war waged on River Nistru by the independent Republic of Moldova with Transnistrian separatists Adrian Păunescu has organized, together with poet Grigore Vieru and artists Ion and Doina Aldea-Teodorovici, several patriotic spectacles for Moldavian volunteers defending their heritage.

One of his deepest afflictions, the alienation of Basarabia, is marked in his poem "Basarabia pe cruce" [Basarabia on the Cross], with testamentary import.

Basarabia keeps to him a live gratitude, unbiased by prejudice, which climaxed with the issuing by the National Bank of Moldavia of gold and silver coins bearing its countenance.

Politician

After 1989 Adrian Păunescu involved himself into politics, for twelve years being a senator for the Romanian left wing.


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