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This 20-leu note commemorates Ecaterinei Teodoroiu, a heroine of Romania who fought and died in World War I. It was introduced on 1 December 2021, when the country celebrates its national day. It is the first legal tender Romanian banknote which features a female personality.

The banknote in question is a distinctive 20 Lei denomination, designated as P-119A with the serial number B-293. This note features an intriguing color palette of olive-green and gray, with dimensions measuring 136 x 77 mm. Crafted from the resilient GUARDIAN® polymer material, this banknote promises durability and longevity.

The front side of the banknote prominently displays a portrait of Ecatarina Teodoroiu, accompanied by delicate depictions of flowers. Ecatarina Teodoroiu’s image pays tribute to her significant role in history. Flipping the banknote reveals a captivating scene: an angel wielding a sword, set against the backdrop of the Mausoleum of Mărășești. This representation is laden with symbolism, evoking themes of courage and sacrifice.

To bolster security measures, a simulated solid security thread graces the banknote’s composition. This meticulous detail safeguards against counterfeiting. The esteemed printing authority behind this banknote is the Oesterreichische Banknoten und Sicherheitsdruck GmbH, headquartered in Vienna, Austria, known as OBS. Their expertise in security printing ensures the note’s authenticity and integrity.

A subtle watermark, in the form of a shadow image, features Ecaterina Teodoroiu, adding an extra layer of security to the note. The date, notably 20(21), suggests a transitional period between the years. This banknote made its official entrance into circulation on December 1st, 2021, signifying its newfound significance.

The distinguished signatures of Mugur Constantin Isărescu, the Governor, and Ionel Nițu, the Chief Cashier, authenticate the banknote. Their presence underscores the note’s legitimacy and aligns with standard procedures in currency issuance.

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