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1 leu 2007 - coppered tombac - prince Dimitrie Cantemir - obverse 1 leu 2007 - coppered tombac - prince Dimitrie Cantemir - reverse
37 mm diameter, 23.5 g, coppered tombac, grained edge
Obverse: Romanian coat of arms, face value 1 LEU, year 2007, ROMANIA, adornments
Reverse: effigy of Dimitrie Cantemir inside an inner linear circle, inscriptions DIMITRIE CANTEMIR and "26 octombrie 1673 - 21 august 1723" (octombrie = October), separated by adornments

Issuing date: 18th of June 2007

Mintage: 250 coins

5 lei 2007 - silver - prince Dimitrie Cantemir - obverse 5 lei 2007 - silver - prince Dimitrie Cantemir - reverse
30 mm diameter, 15.55 g, 99.9% silver, grained edge
Obverse: face value 5 LEI

Issuing date: 18th of June 2007

Mintage: 250 coins

100 lei 2007 - gold - prince Dimitrie Cantemir - obverse 100 lei 2007 - gold - prince Dimitrie Cantemir - reverse
21 mm diameter, 6.452 g, 90% gold, grained edge
Obverse: face value 100 LEI

Issuing date: 18th of June 2007

Mintage: 250 coins


These coins pay homage to prince Dimitrie Cantemir - great scholar, historian, philosopher, geographer, ethnologist, musicologist, encyclopaedic personality. His inquisitive nature, education and European recognition have marked the destiny of the Romanian culture.

The coins were struck also for marking the inauguration - on July 25th 2007 - of the museum dedicated to Dimitrie Cantemir in Istanbul, Turkey. The museum is placed in the very house where Cantemir has lived, in Fener District. The house was restored during the Programme for the Rehabilitation of Fener and Balat Districts of Istanbul (funded by the European Union). At the inauguration was present the president of Romania, Mr Traian Băsescu. A set of coins was donated to the museum by the National Bank of Romania.

The portrait of the prince on the coin reverses is reproduced after a gravure made by Christian Fritzsch for the German translation of Cantemir's book History of the Growth and Decay of the Ottoman Empire, printed in 1745.

The coin set pictures above are present on the site through the permission of an anonymous donor.

Dimitrie Cantemir also appears on two coins issued by the Republic of Moldavia: 50 lei silver 2003 - 330 years from his birth and 100 lei gold 2008 - 335 years from his birth.

bust of Dimitrie Cantemir from Iași; before 1989 and some years after, in the building at the back of the bust was the editorial offices of the Cronica (Chronicle) revue and of the Flacăra Iașului (Jassy Flame) newspaper; nowadays the building houses Casa Căsătoriilor (Marriage House)

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