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50 lei 1991 50 lei 1991
26 mm diameter, 5.9 g, brass plated steel, flat edge
denomination "50 LEI", two laurel branches and year 1991
ROMANIA, two seven pearl sectors, ALEXANDRU IOAN CUZA and his bust facing left. On the left shoulder lies V G standing for Vasile Gabor, the engraver's name.

Issuing date: 9th of September 1991

Mintage: 29.600.000 coins in 1991

               70.800.000 coins in 1992

               34.600.000 coins in 1993

               30.000.000 coins in 1994

               20.000.000 coins in 1995

                 4.900.000 coins in 1996

This coin was issued on 9th of September 1991.The obverse characters on the 50 lei coins struck in 1991 and 1992 are thick. From 1992 on the coins feature thin characters (the digits of 50 differ the most). In 1992 both thick and thin character coins were struck. The picture below displays a thin digit coin of 50 lei.

50 lei 1994 - thin digits

The information concerning the estimated mintage figures for the coins struck after 1989 is given after "Standard Catalog of World Coins", editor G. Cuhaj.

The effigy of prince Cuza appears on the 50 lei 1991 - 1996 circulation coins and on some anniversary coins: 500 lei from 2004, dedicated to the 140th anniversary of the Bucharest University, 500 lei aur 2009, dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the Union between Moldavia and Walachia in 1859, 10 lei 2009 coin dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the Statistical Office and on the coin set of 1 leu, 5 lei and 100 lei 2009 dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the General Staff of the Romanian Army.


The strike error pictures above are present on Romanian coins through the kind permission of Mr. C.C. from Germany.

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