Paper Money Book

The currency in focus is a distinctive 20 Lei banknote, P-126 and BNP204. Cast in an alluring shade of blue, this note spans dimensions of 168 x 96 mm and is crafted from the resilient GUARDIAN® polymer material, ensuring its durability and longevity.

The front side of the banknote boasts an array of Romanian text alongside symbolic depictions. Among these symbols are the elegantly rendered oak leaves and olive branches, encircling the national coat of arms. A seated allegorical child, holding a hammer, screw press, and cog, symbolizing industry and innovation, is prominently featured. Another allegorical child, this one holding a caduceus with a beehive, symbolizing commerce and prosperity, graces the scene. Oak leaves and olive branches frame the coat of arms once again, while the distinguished head of Emperor Trajan commands attention.

On the reverse side, Romanian text dominates the field. The dignified profile of Emperor Trajan takes center stage, while excerpts from the penal code surround his image, underscoring the rule of law. This portrayal pays homage to Emperor Trajan, reflecting his historical significance.

Noteworthy is the absence of a security thread, which sets this note apart in terms of security features. Regrettably, the identity of the printer remains undisclosed, adding an air of mystery to its production. In a similar vein, the note lacks a watermark, further distinguishing it from conventional banknotes.

The date of January 19th, 1881, is a historic marker for this banknote. However, its official introduction into circulation occurred much later, on December 1st, 2021. Impressively, a limited quantity of 30,000 notes were made available, each packaged within folders and priced at 100 Lei per unit.

The signatures of Câmpineanu, Bilcescu, and Costinescu lend a personal touch to this currency, validating its authenticity. It’s essential to note that this 20-Leu note is actually a polymer replica of the inaugural 20-Leu banknote (P-13; B-205) issued by the National Bank of Romania in 1881. This replication preserves the historical legacy of the original note while incorporating modern advancements in polymer technology.

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