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The 500.000 lei banknote

Size: 165x76 mm
Main colour: yellow and brown
Issued: 23 October 2000
Recalled: 31 December 2006

Portrait of Aurel Vlaicu (1882 - 1913), Romanian engineer and inventor, pilot and aeroplane builder. Centred, an Edelweiss flower (Leontopodium alpinum) and a stylised aeroplane propeller, between the flower and the portrait. Up, the Romanian Coat of Arms, the name of the issuing central bank "BANCA NATIONALA A ROMÂNIEI", and an inset with the NBR logo. Down, the banknote denomination in figures and letters "500.000 lei CINCI SUTE MII". Left, the authorised signatures of the Governor and Chief Cashier and the issuing year "2000". Vertically, right, the denomination "CINCI SUTE MII 500.000". Centre, a mountain eagle head (Aquila chrysaetos), symbolising the courage of Aurel Vlaicu and of his flight. On the left, the design of "Vlaicu II" aeroplane. Behind, the "Gnome" engine sketch. Up: the denomination value "500.000" vertically and horizontally, the name of the issuing central bank "BANCA NATIONALA A ROMÂNIEI" and the NBR logo. Down, right: the denomination value in figures and letters "CINCI SUTE MII lei 500.000"; left, a sign for visually impaired: NBR logo within a rectangle. Right from the transparent window, the penalty text, vertically: "FALSIFICAREA ACESTOR BILETE SE PEDEPSESTE CONFORM LEGILOR" (FORGERY IS PUNISHED ACCORDING TO THE LAW). Serial number black, vertically, on the left side; serial number, red, increasing characters, horizontally, on the right side.

This is the third polymer banknote of Romania. Its description and the date of issue were announced by the National Bank of Romania in a press release dated 12 October 2000.

Two types of this banknote exist with respect to the signature of the Governor of the National Bank of Romania.
Governor Emil Iota Ghizari
Governor Mugur Isãrescu