• 10 Lei 2018, Moldova, 25 Years of Moldovan Leu
  • 10 Lei 2018, Moldova, 25 Years of Moldovan Leu
Description

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.

Obverse

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:
- on the right side the figure of a lion as a visual symbol of the denomination of the Moldovan national currency - the LEU;
- on the left side the coat of arms of the Republic of Moldova and the logo of the National Bank of Moldova;
- in exergy, following the circumference of the coin, the inscription is engraved in the circular arc: "25 years since the introduction of the national currency"

The coat of arms of Moldova consists of an eagle holding a cross in its beak and a sceptre and an olive branch in its claws. According to Gheorghe Vrabie, the author of the coat of arms, the eagle symbolizes the Latin origin of the people.

25 DE ANI DE LA INTRODUCEREA MONEDEI NAȚIONALE
NBM

Reverse

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.

In the upper part, in the exergy - the monogram in the letters "R" and "M" (the abbreviation of the name Republic of Moldova) in the latent image (hidden images, which are alternately visible when the left-right coin is tilted).

A security element is applied on the surface of the coin: the micrograph with the legend "NBM".

R/M
2018
10
BNM BNM BNM
LEI

Edge

There are two types of edge regarding inscription:
Type A: MOLDOVA readable with holding the obverse up
Type B: MOLDOVA readable with holding the reverse up

*MOLDOVA*MOLDOVA*

10 Lei

25 Years of Moldovan Leu

KM#
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Bi-Metallic
Ring Nickel Plated Steel
Center Brass Plated Steel
Weight 7.65 g
Diameter 25.3 mm
Thickness 2.3 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
National Bank of Moldova

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Bi-Metallic, 7.65 g, ⌀ 25.3 mm