On 8 June 2016, the Romanian parliament adopted a draft law which restores the crown on the head of the gold eagle in the country’s coat of arms. Pursuant to the provisions of Articles 14 and 17 of Law No. 312/2004 on the Statute of the National Bank of Romania and of Law No. 146/2016 amending Law No. 102/1992 on the country’s coat of arms and seal, existing banknotes continued to circulate in parallel with new notes and coins until 31 December 2018. Beginning 1 January 2018, Banca Naţională a României began issuing revised notes like the preceding issues, but with the new coat of arms and a new date. The 500-leu note completes the revision of the banknote family.
B292 (P123): 500 lei (US$150)
Blue, violet, green, orange, and yellow. Front: Romanian text; coat of arms; quill as registration device; inkwell, quill, lime leaves and flowers (Tilia platyphyllos); hourglass in OVI; BNR monogram; Mihai Eminescu. Back: Romanian text; BNR monogram; page from Timpul newspaper; Iaşi Unversity Library in Iasi; quill; BNR monogram. Simulated solid security thread. Watermark: Mihai Eminescu; BNR monogram. Printer: (Oesterreichische Banknoten- und Sicherheitsdruckerei). 153 x 82 mm. Polymer (Guardian).
a. 1 ianuarie 2018 / (20)22. Sig. Isarescu/Nitu.
Courtesy of Cristian Bold, Don Ludwig, and Stane Štraus (www.polymernotes.org).