|2000 lei 1946
24 mm diameter, 5.1 g, copper 63%, zinc 37%, flat edge
Incuse on the edge: NIHIL SINE DEO
denomination "2000 LEI", ROMANIA and Romanian coat of arms, at left and at right a flower-shaped cross.
|the inscription "MIHAI I REGELE ROMANILOR" meaning "KING OF THE ROMANIANS", MIHAI I head facing right and year 1946 between two square signs. Under the neck lies H. IONESCU, the engraver's name.
Mintage: 24.619.000 coins
According to the information from the book Monetele României (Iliescu and Radovici, 2004), the 2000 lei 1946 coins were struck in 23.500.000 pieces.
The inscription on the edge can take various positions respective to the faces of the coin. It can start from anywhere and can be laid on the averse or on the reverse. This observation is true for all the incuse inscriptions or ornaments on the edge of the Romanian coins from the beginnings up to present (2010). In the image on the left are pictured the marks that separate the words NIHIL, SINE and DEO. In the image on the right is pictured the sign before NIHIL. It is a six petal rose (this sign was also used on 200 lei 1942 coin) and not a third cross, as it is said inside monograph Monede și bancnote românești (Romanian coins and banknotes).
The image on the right proves that for the inscription on the edge various letter arrangements were used.
A variant of 2000 lei 1946 coin
A rare variant of 2000 lei 1946 exists. At normal coins the shield of the House of Hohenzollern is represented with all four quarters empty. The variant has quarters 1 and 3 empty, and quarters 2 and 4 filled. From the heraldic point of view the coat of arms of Great Romania - established by the law of 23rd of June 1923 - has in middle the shield of the House of Hohenzollern, with quarters 1 and 3 charged with silver and 2 and 4 - black.
The coins pictures above are present on Romanian coins through the kind permission of an anonymous donor.
Just below there is a striking error appeared as result of a blank shift respective to the die. The images are present on Romanian coins thanks to the kind contribution of Mr. Moise Alexandru-Răzvan.
The images below picture a hair type striking error, resulted because of die cracks and taken from two such flawed coins. The images at left (below) are details of the same coin so we suppose the die implied did not have probably such a long life. The three pictures below were made available to Romanian coins by Mr Cătălin Gavrilă.