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BNR launches gold coin on King Carol Iís 170th anniversary
by www.financiarul.ro

Romania's National Bank (BNR) puts in circulation a gold coin, for a numismatic purpose, starting April 15, 2009. The coin's face value is 500 lei and is devoted to the 170th anniversary of King Carol I (who ruled over 1866- 1914), BNR release informs.
BNR issued 250 such coins. A coin weighs 31.103 grams, is round and smooth-edged, measures 35 mm in diameter.

The obverse shows Romania's coat-of-arms, the year of issue 2009 and its face value - 500 lei, the Peles Castle in a laurel garland and the inscription ĎROMANIA' engraved circularly. The reverse side presents at the center the portrait of King Carol I and the great coat -of-arms of the Kingdom of Romania; to the left and to the right, the years 1839 and 2009; on the outer ring, the circular inscriptions "NIHIL SINE DEO" above and "CAROL I REGE" down.

The coins are wrapped in transparent capsules of methacrylate and will be accompanied by booklets presenting the theme of the issue in Romanian, English and French. The new gold coin issue, for a numismatic purpose, sells through the BNR branches in Bucharest and in the counties of Cluj, Iasi and Timis.


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