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100 rubles 2007
Soroca Fortress
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32 mm diameter, 14.14 g, silver 92.5%, flat edge
Obverse: denomination "100 RUBLEI" (Cyrillic), coat of arms of the self proclaimed republic of Transnistria (bearing hammer and sickle), inscription "PRIDNESTROVSKII RESPUBLIKANSKII BANK" (in Cyrillic and Russian) meaning "[TRANS] NISTRIAN REPUBLICAN BANK", year 2007, below the silver fineness - 925
Reverse: image of Soroca fortress facing River Nistru, a socket with gem engraved with legend XVI VEN (Cyrillic letters, VEN istead of VEK - century, design error), a ribbon with the inscription SOROKSKAIA KREPOSTI (Russian, Cyrillic letters) meaning FORTRESS OF SOROCA, below inscription DREVNIE KREPOSTI NA DNESTRE (Cyrillic, Russian) meaning OLD FORTRESSES ON NISTRU

Mintage: 500 coins

This coin belongs to the "Old Fortresses on River Nistru" series, that comprises several 100 rubles silver coin, with Tiraspol Fortress (2006), Tighina Fortress (Bender, 2006), Kamenets-Podolsk Fortress (2007), Soroca Fortress (2007) and Cetatea Albă (White Fortress, 2008).

The fortress of Soroca is also represented on the 100 lei of 2007 coin issued by the Republic of Moldavia and dedicated to prince Peter Rareș and on a 50 lei coin from 2012.

The image nearby displays the fortress of Soroca as it is depicted on the 20 Moldavian lei banknote. It can be seen that the Transnistrian coin imitates the representation on the banknote, although with small, visible mistakes (the wall - actually not existing - on the right of the coin, the confusion of the gate podium with a mound etc.).

About the Fortress of Soroca

The first information about the fortress of Soroca appearred in documents from the late reign of Stephen the Great and the Holy. The fortress was made of wood and earth at the time. Between 1543 and 1545 prince Peter Rareș rebuilt the fortress in stone.

The fortress of Soroca is circular, with four round towers and a rectangular gate tower. The inner diameter of the fortress is 26 meters wide.

As result of the Polish king John Sobieski's campaign of year 1691, the North of Moldavia was occupied by the Poles. A Polish garrison was then installed at Soroca. The efforts of voivod Constantin Cantemir to conquer back the fortress concluded with no result, as we learn from the chronicle of Ion Neculce: "In the seventh year of his reign Cantemir-voivod prepared himself with his army, and went to take the fortress of Soroca [...]. And they stood around the fortess some weeks, beating the fortress, having mounds and tunnels. They stormed too strongly and could not take it, and many army perrished then, when Turks and Moldavians gave assaults. And not so much army was inside the fortress, like two, three hundred dragoons and Cossacks; only that they from the fortress hit in man only, and those from outside could not spoil anything." Through the treaty of Carlowitz in 1699 the fortresses and monasteries occupied by the Poles were returned to Moldavia.

About the white stork and grapes

The legend said that in the times of Stephen the Great and the Holy some Moldavian soldiers were besieged by the Turks in the fortress of Soroca. After several days the food stocks were finished and the warriors were in danger not to be able to continue the fight. A white stork flying over the fortress let to drop the grape carried in its beak, and then many other grapes. With this unexpected help, the Moldavian fighters regained their strength and the hope for victory, attacking and defeating the Turks.

The flying white stork with grapes in beak is one of the today's Republic of Moldavia symbols. This symbol is represented on the first Moldavian anniversary coin, 100 lei of 1996, dedicated to the fifth anniversary of proclamation of Independence.

This is a coin issued by Transnistria. Knowing one might rightfully be wondering what is Transnistria about, we tried to depict on the site the issue as best as we could. Click the links below to clarify yourself.

Transnistria Then and Now | Transnistrian Coinage

For further information confront the Modern and contemporary history section inside the Brief and Comprehensive History of Romanians and Romania page.

Why Transnistrian Coins on Romanian Coins?

Because Transnistrian coins are held in their pockets and used as such by Romanian speaking Romanians on their native land.

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