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5 bani
5bani-md
Coin from 1993
General information
Country

Flag of Moldova Moldova

Value

0.05 lei

Years

1993–present

Measurements and composition
Mass

0.78 g

Diameter

16 mm

Thickness

1.7 mm

Composition

aluminum

Appearance
Shape

round

Alignment

coin

Edge

smooth

Obverse

coat of arms of Moldova, oak branch, state title

Reverse

Value, year

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The 5 ban coin is a circulation piece that has been issued by the Republic of Moldova from 1993 to the present. It is produced at the Monetăria Statului (State Mint) of Romania and distributed by the National Bank of Moldova. The coin has a legal tender face value equivalent to 0.05 lei, and has circulated in its country as the smallest-denominated coin in production since the minting of the 1 ban piece ceased in 2006.

The coin is composed of pure aluminum and has a mass of 0.78 grams, a diameter of 16 millimeters, and a thickness of 1.7 millimeters. It has coin alignment and a plain edge, and like most coins, is round in shape. Featured in the center of the obverse, designed by Romanian artist Constantin Dumitrescu, is the coat of arms of Moldova – which consists of an eagle with a shield on its breast containing the head of an aurochs (†Bos taurus primigenius), an eight-pointed star representing the sun, a five-petaled flower, and the crescent moon of Moldavia. In the eagle's dexter talon is an olive branch, in its sinister is a scepter, and in its beak is an Orthodox cross. A single oak branch is engraved below the depiction of the arms, near the coin's rim. Inscribed along the remainder of the coin's boundary is the Romanian state title of the Republic of Moldova – "REPUBLICA MOLDOVA" – with the first word arched around the left rim and the second curved along the right. The reverse, also designed by Constantin Dumitrescu, displays the value "5 BANI" at the top center, with the number and word printed on separate lines and the former written much larger than the latter. The date is engraved under the word "BANI" in a smaller font, and underneath that, near the bottom of the piece, is an "M" for "Moldova" superimposing a square diamond. Featured along the rims of the piece are oak branches, which extend from the "M" at the bottom of the coin to the left and right sides of the reverse. On pieces produced from 1993 to 2003, the "C.D." privy mark of the artist is also inscribed diagonally in small print at the lower right periphery. The rims on the obverse and reverse are raised.

The total mintage of the 5 ban coin is currently unknown. However, examples of all dates and grades are relatively common, and generally demand small prices from collectors.

Years
  • 1993 - with privy mark
  • 1995 - with privy mark
  • 1996 - with privy mark
  • 1999 - with privy mark
  • 2000 - with privy mark
  • 2001 - with privy mark
  • 2002 - with privy mark
  • 2003 - with privy mark
  • 2004 - without privy mark
  • 2005 - without privy mark
  • 2006 - without privy mark
  • 2008 - without privy mark
  • 2010 - without privy mark
  • 2012 - without privy mark
  • 2013 - without privy mark

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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Coat of arms of Moldova Moldovan leu
Banknotes 1 L5 L10 L20 L50 L100 L200 L500 L1000 L
Coins 1 b5 b10 b25 b50 b1 L5 L10 L20 L50 L100 L200 L
Miscellaneous National Bank of MoldovaTransnistrian ruble

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