Travel with us as we look at a colorful banknote from Romania. Romania is a southeastern country in Europe. It has a diverse geographical region with mountains, dense forests, plains, and borders the Black Sea. Some fun facts about Romania are it has the heaviest building in the world according to Guinness World Records. This building is the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest which has 1,100 rooms, 8 underground levels, a nuclear bunker, and 20 kilometers of tunnels. Additionally, Romania has seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the wooden churches of Maramures.
This week we are looking at Romania 5,000 Lei p107a 1998. The 5,000 Lei banknote is orange, yellow, blue, red, and brown. This paper note has Romanian text. The front of the note displays Romania’s coat of arms, flower as a registration device, a daffodil, and Lucian Blaga. The back of the note shows a grape leaf, crucifix, flower, and BNR monogram. The watermark for p107a is Lucian Blaga.
Lucian Blaga was a Romanian poet, playwriter, novelist, and philosopher. In 1926, he became one of Romania’s diplomatic ministers and worked in several locations. In addition, he was a professor at the University of Cluj and taught cultural philosophy. In 1956, he was nominated for the Nobel Prize of Literature; however, Romanian’s communist government sent emissaries to Sweden to protest against his nomination on the grounds that he was an idealist philosopher. Due to this, Blaga’s poems were banned until 1962. One year after his death.
Romania’s coat of arms was adopted by Romanian Parliament in 2016. The coat of arms shows a golden aquila or “eagle-bearer” holding a cross in its beak, a crown on its head, and a mace and sword in its talons. It is made of three colors: red, yellow, and blue. These colors represent the Romanian flag. In the center of the aquila is the Lesser Coat of Arms of the Kingdom of Romania which was used between 1922 and 1947. In the Lesser Coat of Arms is an eagle, a bull’s head, a gold bridge with two arches and a lion on top, two dolphins, and an eagle standing on top of a castle.
This bright and colorful note is our current featured note and will be offered at a discounted price for a limited time. Head to the website to check out more about this note and other notes like it.
Denomination: 5,000 Lei
Pick #: 107a
Banknote Book #: 267a
Other Info: Vertical BNR in watermark area
Depictions: Lucian Blaga; Flower (Daffodil); Crest; Vine Leaf; Roadside Crucifix
Note Size: 5 3/4″ x 2 1/2 “
Watermark: Lucian Blaga