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Starting with 28 February 2018, the National Bank of Moldova puts into circulation a new series of metal coins with a face value of 1, 2, 5 and 10 Lei, which will be circulating in parallel with the existing banknotes of the same face value.
By putting together the four coins, one obtains on the obverse side the stylised image of the coat of arms of the Moldavian Principality, inserted in a quatrefoil, combining the aurochs’ head (medieval heraldic elements) seen frontally:
• crescent – on the 1 Leu coin
• sun – on the 2 Lei coin
• star, the princely crown above the aurochs’ horns and the heraldic rose – on the 5 Lei coin
• princely dynastic shield – on the 10 Lei coin.
On the reverse side, the assembling of coins recreates the state coat of arms of the Republic of Moldova.
In the middle, the shield of Stephen the Great (voivode or prince of Moldavia from 1457 to 1504) neighboring the Coat of Arms of Moldova. At the top, part of Moldavian Bull's Head (Capul de Bour) and at the bottom the country name.
Value in the centre, date below, part of the Coat of Arms on the entire coin.