Romania's New 20 Leu Banknote

27 Dec 2021  Mon

Romania’s central bank unveiled a new banknote on Nov. 26 in honor of World War I Lt. Ecaterina Teodoroiu, the first woman to be depicted on Romanian money who is a real person rather than an allegory.

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 that features a female personality.

The face is dominated by the portrait of Teodoroiu, her birth and death years (1894 to 1917), and a bouquet of crocuses. In the background, the central area features a badge of the Romanian Scouts. The face also includes the denomination value in figures and letters, the national coat of arms, a stylized version of the infantry insignia, and the bank logo in a medallion.

The back has the winged figure of Victory as on the Victory Medal standing in front of the Marasesti Mausoleum, a memorial site holding the remains of 5,073 Romanian soldiers and officers killed in World War I. Behind the mausoleum is a lily flower.

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