Banknotes of the Romanian leu

Banknotes Of The Romanian Leu

Banknotes of the Romanian leu

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Banknotes of the first leu (RON)

1917 issue ("paper coins")

Issued in Iaşi, during World War I by the Ministry of Finance, as war money. The banknotes represent the subdivision of the leu, the ban (pl. bani).

1920 issue

1934–1947 issue

The 5,000, 10,000, 100,000 (1946), 1,000,000, and 5,000,000 lei banknotes from the 1943-1947 series had the left edge wavy.

Bankotes of the third leu (ROL)

1952 issue


1966 issue

1991–1992 issue

1992–1994 issue

1996–2000 issue

1999–2003 issue

A 500 lei coin and the 2,000 lei note shown above were made in order to celebrate the 1999 total solar eclipse. Whereas the 500 lei coin is currently very rare, becoming a prized collector's item, the 2,000 lei note was quite popular, being taken out of circulation in 2004 (a long time after the 1,000 and 5,000 lei bills were replaced by coins).

Banknotes of the fourth leu (RON)

The leu notes issued on 1 July 2005 are of equal size to euro banknotes, so that machines will need less refitting once Romania joins the euro zone. This decision was taken after a lot of debate, and with some opposition, the initial decision being to make them even smaller, similar to the 1966 series. The old leu notes are rather long and fairly uncomfortable to carry.

The design of the notes follows some common guidelines: the obverse shows a flower native to Romania and the portrait of a Romanian cultural personality; the reverse shows a building or a well-known...
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