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50 bani 1894, 1900, 1901
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18 mm diameter, 2.5 g, silver 83.5%, copper 16.5%, grained edge
denomination "50 BANI" and year 1894 inside a wreath formed by a laurel branch (left) and an oak branch (right), outer pearl circle
inscription "CAROL I REGE AL ROMANIEI" meaning "KING OF ROMANIA" and CAROL I head to the left, outer pearl circle. Under the neck lies A. SCHARFF, the engraver's name.

Mintage:    600.000 coins in 1894

               3.838.000 coins in 1900

                  194.205 coins in 1901

18.5 mm diameter, year 1900  

Mintage: 600.000 coins in 1894, 3.838.000 in 1900 and 194.205 in 1901. According to the book Monetele României (Coins of Romania, Iliescu and Radovici, 2004), the mintage of 3.838.000 coins is for years 1900 and 1901 together. The 1894 coins were struck at Brussels and the coins from the other years at Hamburg. The silver used for the Hamburg coins seems to be from the used coins of the '70. For year 1900 a variant is known at which some of the branches' elements are missing.

The pictures of 50 bani 1894 coin appears on the site thanks to the kind permission of Mr Cristian Ciuplea.

Alike the 1 leu and 2 lei 1901 pieces, the 50 bani pieces of 1901 are made by modification of the year on the dies manufactured in 1900. As consequence the two digits of 1 differ one from the other in dimension on all values (information received from Mr Radu Lissner).

The silver 50 bani 1900 and 1901 coins pictures are present on this page through the kind permission of an anonymous donor.

In Moldavia the 50 bani coin was also called dutcă (dutce at the plural) or dupcă, recalling of some small Russian and Polish silver coins that also circulated in the Romanian Principalities. In Walachia it was also called băncuță.

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