Did you know what Romania's national currency is?

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There were eight versions of the Romanian leu, four in coins and four in banknotes.

The Romanian leu is Romania’s national currency. In English, it translates to “lion”. It is subdivided into 100 bani, which translates to “money”.

romania's national currency


In 1860, the Domnitor Alexandru Ioan Cuza tried to create a national currency entitled “românul” (“The Romanian”) but it was not approved by the Ottoman Empire. On April 22, 1867, a bimetallic currency was adopted, with the leu equal to 5 grams of 83.5% silver or 0.29032 grams of gold.