One hundred lei

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One hundred lei
(Romania)
Value 100 Romanian leu
Width 147 mm
Height 82 mm
Security features watermark, security thread, transparent window, microprinting, blacklight printing, micro perforations, latent writing, EURion constellation
Paper type polymer
Years of printing since 2005
Obverse
100 lei. Romania, 2005 a.jpg
Design Ion Luca Caragiale, Sweet violet, mask of Comedy
Designer National Bank of Romania
Design date 2005
Reverse
100 lei. Romania, 2005 b.jpg
Design Old building of the National Theatre of Bucharest, statue of Caragiale, mask of Tragedy
Designer National Bank of Romania
Design date 2005

The one hundred lei banknote is one of the circulating denomination of the Romanian leu. It is the same size as the 100 Euro banknote.

The main color of the banknote is blue. It pictures, on the obverse the playwright, short story writer, poet, theater manager, political commentator and journalist Ion Luca Caragiale, and on the reverse the old building of the Bucharest National Theatre, and the statue of Ion Luca Caragiale. The one hundred lei banknote is the only banknote that pictures both on the obverse and reverse a personality.

History[edit]

In the past, the denomination was also in the coin form, as follows:

First leu (1867-1947)

  • banknote issues: 1877 (the hypothecary issue), 1881 (re-issues: 1881, 1882, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1888, 1889, 1890, 1891, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1896, 1897, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1902, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907), 1910 (re-issues: 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1940, 1942), 1917 (issued by the Romanian General Bank and circulated in the German occupation area between 1917-1918)
  • coin issues (anniversary editions): 1906 (gold), 1922 (gold)
  • coin issues: 1932, 1936 (re-issue: 1938), 1943 (re-issue: 1944)
  • banknote issues: 1944 (issued by the Red Army Comandament and circulated in 1944), 1945

Second leu (1947-1952)

  • banknote issue: 1947 (re-issue: December 1947)

Third leu - ROL (1952-2005)

  • banknote issues: 1952, 1966
  • coin issue: 1991 (re-issues: 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996)

Fourth leu - RON (since 2005)

  • banknote issue: 2005 (redesigned issue of the former 1.000.000 lei banknote, whereas 1.000.000 third lei = 100 fourth lei)
ROL 100 1952 obverse.jpgROL 100 1952 reverse.jpg
Obverse Reverse
1952 100 lei issue
ROL 100 1966 obverse.jpgROL 100 1966 reverse.jpg
Obverse Reverse
1966 100 lei issue

References[edit]

National Bank of Romania website