||50 lei 2014 - peony Paeonia peregrina||
30 mm diameter, 16.5 g, 99.9% silver, grained edge
year 2014, 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"
|inside linear circle a blooming peony, circular inscription · CARTEA ROȘIE · BUJOR-DE-PĂDURE · PAEONIA PEREGRINA meaning "RED BOOK FOREST PEONY" (the scientific name being written with cursive capital letters)
Issuing date: 20th of October 2014
Mintage: 500 coins
The Red Book series comprises the following 10 lei silver coins (over to May 2017):
- 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.
The species was described by the English botanist (of Scottish origin) Philip Miller (1691-1771) in 1768. The name of the species contain the abbreviation Mill. standing for the name of Miller.