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10 lei 2008 - 200 Years since the Birth of Romanian Professor, Revolutionary and Patriot Simion Bărnuțiu 10 lei 2008 - 200 Years since the Birth of Romanian Professor, Revolutionary and Patriot Simion Bărnuțiu
37 mm diameter, 31.103 g, 99.9% silver, reeded edge
Obverse: ROMANIA, face value 10 LEI, coat of arms of Romania, year 2008, fragment of painting "Great National Assembly of Blaj" by Romanian painter Costache Petrescu, inscription "MAREA ADUNARE NATIONALA DE LA BLAJ - MAI 1848" meaning "GREAT NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF BLAJ - MAY 1848"
Reverse: portrait of Simion Bărnuțiu, inscriptions "SIMION BARNUTIU" and "200 ANI DE LA NASTERE" meaning "200 YEARS SINCE BIRTH" and years 1808 and 1864

Issuing date: 11th of August 2008

Mintage: 500 coins

The 10 lei 2008 coin pictures above are present on the site through the permission of an anonymous donor.

About Simion Bărnuțiu

Simion Bărnuțiu was born in 1808 at Bocșa, in the county of Sălaj. He studied at the Theological Seminary in Blaj, then at Sibiu and Vienna.

Bărnuțiu was one of the leaders of the Romanian Revolution of 1848 from Transilvania. It was vice president of the Great National Assembly of Blaj in May 1848. In his discourse he demanded for Romanians (majoritary population of Transylvania) rights equal to the ones of other nationalities of the principality (Saxons, Hungarians and Szeklers).

From 1854, after he obtained his Ph.D. title in Italia at Padova, he lived in Moldavia, in the capital of Iași, where he worked as law and philosophy professor at the University. It must be mentioned that the University of Iași - nowadays "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University - was established in 1860, being the oldest university of Romania. But the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Philosophy are older, having been established in 1855.

About Blaj

Around 1700 a part of the Orthodox Romanians from Transylvania accepted the religious union with the Catholics, the Romanian Church United with Rome being established. In 1737 the Greek-Catholic bishopric was moved from Făgăraș to Blaj, a small city in the county of Alba. Here was developed the first important cultural center of the Transylvanian Romanians. The schools of Blaj had a great role in the forming the Romanian national conscience.

The Holy Trinity cathedral of Blaj was erected between 1741 and 1749 by the bishop Inochentie Micu - Klein. The two towers were added to the building in 1838.

The area where the Great National Assembly took place is known today as the Liberty Field.

Simion Bărnuțiu, a fragment of the fresco representing the founders of the University of Iași (painted by Sabin Bălașa on a wall in Sala Pașilor Pierduți - the Hall of the Lost Steps -  inside the building of the University of Iași - photo 2006)

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