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20 mm diameter, 1.02 g, silver
Obverse Moldavian coat of arms : urus head
bearing a five ray star between its horns, the uneven ray pointing down, waning crescent at left and six petal rose at right (heraldic positioning). As for the Cyrillic legend see the picture below.
Reverse Coat of arms of the Mușatin
family(?) inside a pearl circle: shield bearing a double cross with anchor ended arms.
As for the Cyrillic legend see the picture below.
18 mm diameter, ~1 g, silver
Obverse Moldavian coat of arms : urus head
bearing a five ray star between its horns, the uneven ray pointing down, waning crescent at left and six petal rose at right (heraldic positioning). As for the Cyrillic legend see the picture below.
Reverse Coat of arms of the Mușatin
family(?) inside a pearl circle: shield bearing a double cross with anchor ended arms.
As for the Cyrillic legend see the picture below.


Legend: + IO BOGDAN VOEVODA GOS + PODAR ZEMLI MOLDAVSCOI meaning
IO BOGDAN VOIVOD MASTER OF MOLDAVIAN LAND


The pictures of the first coin are taken from E-bay, with the kind permission of the owner.

The second Moldavian old coin belongs to the collection of Mr. Bogdan Costin, through the kind permission of whom the pictures are present on Romanian coins.

Bogdan III, also known as Bogdan the Blind because of his losing one eye in a battle, son of Stephen the Great and the Holy, ruled over Moldavia between 1504 and 1517.

Bogdan struck Slavonic legend coins only (i.e. using Cyrillic letters). Latin had been up to him the only language to be used on Moldavian coins with the mere exception of some coins known from Alexăndrel (that used both official languages). This piece is classified by Monede și bancnote românești (the Bible of Romanian numismatics), as being a type I gros of Bogdan III. This particular coin has not been weighed, but we know for a fact that the weight of this type of money ranged between 0.9 and 1.05 grams, being though sometimes deemed as double gros.

On the lower part of the reverse of the second coin on tis page a certain exfoliation of the better title silver coat with which a lower title core was covered can be observed. That was a technique not so seldom used in Moldavia of the time. It is known also on coins of Peter Mușat and Stephen II (remark of Mr. Bogdan Costin).


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