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The 500 lei banknote

Size: 153x82 mm
Main colour: multicolour
Issued: 1 July 2005

Portrait of the Romanian poet Mihai Eminescu (1850-1883). Centred, a linden and a lime leaf above an inkpot and a writing feather. 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 LEI CINCI SUTE". Above the denomination, the authorised signatures of the Governor and Chief Cashier. Vertically right, denomination "CINCI SUTE LEI",  issuing date "1 iulie 2005" and denomination "500". Centre, the building of the University Foundation in Iasi with a linden tree in the back. On the left, the front page of the Timpul gazette. Up: the denomination value "500" 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 LEI 500"; 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.

The description and the date of issue of the banknote were announced by the National Bank of Romania in a press release dated 21 April 2005.