||5 lei 1922 - woman at spring - monetary pattern||
33 mm diameter, ? g, nickel?, flat edge
face value "5 LEI", crown and wheat ear
|woman knelt in front of a spring, with the left hand on her left knee and with the right hand cup-shaped near the water flow, ROMANIA, year 1922 and ensign HF near the woman's knee|
This 5 lei pattern is quoted by MBR at position 225b, and by Schäffer-Stambuliu catalog at no. 116.
On the coin lies the monogram HF. This monogram shows that the pattern was made in Switzerland, at Huguenin Frères & Co., in the small town Le Locle, near the border with France.
Exceptionally, the mintage figures for this particular type of pattern are known. In a paper named "Unele date noi privind proiectele și probele monetare executate pentru România de casa de medalii Huguenin-Frères din Elveția" (Some Data Regarding Projects and Coin Proofs Struck for Romania by the Huguenin Frères Le Locle House from Switzerland, written by Constanța Știrbu and Katiușa Pârvan, published in Acta Moldaviae Meridionalis - Annual of the "Ștefan cel Mare" County Museum of Vaslui, XII-XIV, 1990-1992, p. 419-430), a table was published comprising the mintage figures of the essays and patterns struck at Huguenin for Romania (the original documents from Huguenin Frères & Co., filled in 1924 or later, having been obtained by Mr. Bogdan Stambuliu, numismatist from Geneva).
In conformity with the forementioned table, patterns for 5 lei 1922 - woman at spring - were struck using diffent alloys, namely: 49 from nickel, 45 from cupronickel, 39 from bronze, 25 from aluminum bronze, 41 from copper, 43 from tombac, 38 from brass and 47 from an alloy named "thuna" in French (probably the commercial name of an aluminum alloy - the name comes probably from the Swiss city of Thun, where an important metalurgical plant has functioned at that time).
The pattern pictures above are present on Romanian coins through the kind permission of an anonymous donor.