||gros type II a - Stephen the Great||
14 mm diameter, 0.48 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 five petal rose at right.
Legend: +MONETA MOLDA
|Reverse Coat of arms of the Muşatin
family(?) inside a pearl circle: shield bearing a double cross with anchor ended arms.
Partially visible outer pearl circle
Legend: +STEFANUS VOIEV
This beautiful coin belongs to the collection of Mr. Bogdan Costin, through the kind permission of whom the pictures are present on Romanian coins.
The coin was struck by Stephen the Great and the Holy, ruler of Moldavia between 1457 and 1504, the most important political and military Romanian leader of all times.
According to the Bible of Romanian numismatics, Monede şi bancnote româneşti by George Buzdugan, Octavian Luchian and Constantin Oprescu (1976), this old coin is classified as a type II a gros (position 660).