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gros type I b - Stephen the Great
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gros type I b - Stephen the Great and the Holy
14.6 mm diameter, ~0.5 g, silver
Obverse inside inner pearl circle Moldavian coat of arms: urus head bearing a five ray star between its horns, the uneven ray pointing down, five petal rose at left, the odd petal pointing down (heraldic positioning), and waxing crescent at right (in the first quarter)
Legend: +MONETA MOLDAVIE
Reverse Coat of arms of the Muşatin
family(?) inside a pearl circle: shield split vertically; Maltese cross and five petal rose (bilobated petaled) at right and three bars at left (heraldic positioning)
Partially visible outer pearl circle
Legend: [+STEFA]NUS VOIEVODA

The pictures of this coin are present on Romanian coins through the kind permission of Mr. Lucian Solcan.

According to the Bible of Romanian numismatics, Monede şi bancnote româneşti by George Buzdugan, Octavian Luchian and Constantin Oprescu (1976), these old coins are classified as a type I b gros. This classification was made by the renown Romanian numismatist Mr. Octavian Iliescu.

The I b category differs from the I a category (presented on the previous page) by the inverted positions of the crescent and rose on the urus snout sides. The type I differs from type II mainly by the design inside the shield and by the shape of letter A (at type II letter A has three legs instead of two).


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