||50 lei 2017 (2018) - Alexei Mateevici - 100 Years since Death||
28 mm diameter, 13 g, 99.9% silver, grained edge
year 2017, 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 the poet, a stanza from the poem "Limba noastră" - Our Language (partially overimposed on the map of Republic of Moldova), inscription ALEXEI MATEEVICI + 1888-1917
Issuing date: 27th of March 2018
Mintage: 200 coins
The coin belongs to the series Alley of the Classics from the public garden "Stephen the Great and the Holy" in Chișinău.
The Republic of Moldova issued another coin for the poet: 50 lei 2013 - Alexei Mateevici - 125 Years since Birth (in Personalities series).
As the historical note on the certificate of authenticity accompanying the coin puts it, "Alexei Mateevici (1888 - 1917) - a priest and one of the most representatives Romanian writers, who was born in Basarabia. [...] He translated many Russian classical literary works, as well as studied the historical and cultural past of the Romanian nation. Alexei Mateevici was the most endowed poet of Basarabia since the beginning of the 20th century, singing the beauty of his native language. The poem "Limba noastră" (Our Language) is the most beautiful ode to the Romanian language.
The map represented on the coin is the today's map of the state Republic of Moldavia, successor of the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic created by Stalin as result of the aggression perpetrated in 1940 against the Romanian state.
From this point of view, the association of such a map with poet Alexei Mateevici is anachronic. A natural match would have been the association to the map of Basarabia, province where Mateevici was born and which returned to the Motherland Romania less than a year after the death of the poet. The map on the coin differs form the one of the province contemporary to Mateevici, mainly in that which the north and the south of the province are missing, as these regions where arbitrarily attributed by Stalin to the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, despite their belonging inside the historical Moldavian principality.