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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 glossy ibis walking through shallow water, circular inscription · CARTEA ROȘIE · ȚIGĂNUȘUL · PLEGADIS FALCINELLUS meaning "RED BOOK GLOSSY IBIS" (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 June 2018):

- 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,

- Dianthus deltoides - maiden pink in 2018 (2017).

About the Glossy Ibis

The glossy ibis is a migratory wading bird. In Romania it is present only during summer, then it migrates to Africa. According to Romanian scientist Ion Simionescu (Fauna of Romania), the Romanian common name - țigănuș (literally, meaning "small gipsy") - came from the colour of its plumage.


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