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The leu is the currency of Moldova. Like the Romanian leu, the Moldovan leu (plural: lei) is subdivided into 100 bani (singular: ban). The name of the currency originates from a Romanian word which means "lion".
The Moldovan leu was established on 29 November 1993, following the collapse of the Soviet Union and the creation of the independent republic of Moldova.
The face of the coin is divided into two parts, similar to the sun and the moon, as a symbol of the continuity of times, past and present:
25 DE ANI DE LA INTRODUCEREA MONEDEI NAȚIONALE
Depicts in the center the value and the year of issue, surrounded by 25 stars representing the number of years since the introduction of the national currency in the Republic of Moldova.
There are two types of edge regarding inscription: