||5 lei 1993||
22 mm diameter, 4.2 g, Fe-Ni alloy, flat edge |
denomination "5 LEI", year 1993, M standing for Moldavian. Below the E in LEI stand C.D., the initials of the engraver (Constantin Dumitrescu)
|Moldavian coat of arms and inscription REPUBLICA MOLDOVA meaning "REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA"|
5 LEI is hard to find. It does not circulate anymore, but it was worth a pretty penny for a few years.
The Republic of Moldova (former Soviet Socialist Moldavian Republic) became independent in 1991 and introduced own circulation currency in 1993. The currency denomination is LEU (plural LEI), a LEU being equal to 100 BANI (singular BAN), just as the Romanian currency. The formal name is LEU MOLDOVENESC (Moldavian leu) - as you will notice, an M lies near the obverse value expressed in LEI or BANI. This explains by the common history, language (even national colors) that the two states, Romania and the Republic of Moldova share. For a good period after independence, the national anthem was also common. Moreover, the Moldavian coin series introduced in 1993 bears the initials C.D. standing for Constantin Dumitrescu, the person who engraved both the Romanian and the Republic of Moldova's coins of the time. Please check the pictures below to acknowledge the striking similarity of the monograms of the two national banks.