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5 lei 1991 - monetary pattern, brass
21 mm diameter, 4.2 g, brass
face value "5 LEI", laurel wreath, year 1991
inscription MIHAI VITEAZUL meaning MICHAEL THE BRAVE, his bust and ROMANIA, V.G. (standing for Vasile Gabor) near the right shoulder
5 lei 1991 - monetary pattern, aluminum 5 lei 1991 - monetary pattern, aluminum
21 mm diameter, 1.35 g, aluminum, flat edge
face value "5 LEI", laurel wreath, year 1991
inscription MIHAI VITEAZUL meaning MICHAEL THE BRAVE, his bust and ROMANIA

The brass pattern appears on Romanian coins through the kind contribution of Mr. J. Ardelean.

The aluminum pattern belonged to the former collection C. Ciuplea. Patterns with reeded edge also exist, being rarer than the ones with flat edge.

The aluminum 5 lei from 1991 is actually not truly a pattern. Many such coins were struck. Due to unknown reasons these coins never entered circulation, being melted. In December 1992 a 5 lei piece made from nickel plated steel and having 21 milimeters in diameter entered circulation.

The face picturing Michael the Brave, prince of Walachia, was later used for 100 lei 1991-1996.

Two mint errors are presented below, from G.F. collection, Germany.

strike error: eccentric strike, ~40% of the design is missing strike error: eccentric strike, ~40% of the design is missing
strike error: eccentric strike, ~10% of the design is missing strike error: eccentric strike, ~10% of the design is missing
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