||50 lei 2014 - glossy ibis - Plegadis falcinellus||
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.