The general issue 5000 leu coin was composed of a magnesium-aluminum alloy, weighed 2.52 grams, and measured 23.5 millimeters in diameter and 2.4 millimeters in thickness. Unlike the other coins of its series, it was dodecagonal in shape. The obverse of the 5000 leu coin displayed a legend reading, "ROMANIA", as well as the coin's value. Depicted on the reverse was the coat of arms of Romania, two sprigs, the year of minting, and the signature of the engraver, Vasile Gabor.
In 2000, the first commemorative 5000 leu coin was introduced. Afterward, commemorative coins at this denomination were produced annually until 2004. Each was composed of .999 fine gold, weighed 31.103 grams, and measured 35 millimeters in diameter.
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