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The great ruler Stephen the Great, outstanding army commander and diplomat, was also concerned during his life with the economic prosperity of the country, supporting the development of crafts, trade and fairs. During his reign, groși and half groși minted in the dinar system were issued, a monetary system introduced in Moldova during the last reign of Petru Aron (1455-1457).

The coins were minted from silver of superior title, those that reflect stability in the economic life of the country at that time. Their masterful execution at the Suceava mint is among the beautiful artistic achievements during the reign of Stephen the Great.

During his reign, two types of issues were minted, for the two denominations: groși and half groși.

Type I issues have a split shield on the obverse; in the first quarter appears a rose surmounted by a cross and three fascias, in the second quarter. For the epigraph issues (groși), the image is accompanied by the circular legend with the name of the issuer: + STEFANVS VOIEVODA. On the other side appears the bour's head with a star between the horns accompanied by the heraldic furniture - the rose and the contoured crescent, placed to the right and left of the bour's head; circular legend: MOLDAVIE COIN.

On type II coins in the shield on the obverse appears a patriarchal cross (double) and the legend STEFANVSVOIEVOD or abbreviated STEFANVSVOIE. On the reverse, as in type I, the bour's head with heraldic attributes is preserved: rose right/crescent left and crescent right/rose left. A star or rose appears between the ox's horns. The legend accompanying the face with the bour head is MONETAMOLDAVI or abbreviated MONETAMOLDA.

The dating of Stephen the Great's coins is still under discussion. According to one opinion, type I issues were minted between 1457-1476, and type II between 1480/1481-1505 (Octavian Iliescu), and another 1465/1467-1475/1476 for type I and 1476/1479-1497 for type II (Ernest Oberländer-Târnoveanu).

The coins in this showcase were discovered during the archaeological excavations at Orheiul Vechi (Trebujeni, Orhei district) in the 6th and 7th decades of the 20th century:

1. Type I money issues, groși, silver
2. Type II money issues, groși, silver
3. Type II coin issue, half groși, silver

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Publications Journal „Tyragetia"   vol. III [XVIII], nr. 2


The church – a hypostasis of the charity gesture from Bessarabia in the modern period
ISSN 1857-0240
E-ISSN 2537-6330

The church – a hypostasis of the charity gesture from Bessarabia in the modern period

Tyragetia, serie nouă, vol. III [XVIII], nr. 2, Istorie. Muzeologie

The social-economical conditions had always stratified the society intro rich and poor booth in village and town. The stimulation of the social thought was a direct consequence of the outline of misery and poverty and was manifested through Christian value gestures and attitudes for maintaining the social body solidarity.

Philanthropy, or the love for alike, was truly considered one of the fundamental characteristics of the Christian belief. The Orthodox Church had always practiced philanthropy; the intensity of this activity directly depended on the development and manifestation possibilities of the church itself. The annexation of Bessarabia by the Russian Empire had consequences for the Bessarabian church which had to confront itself with new problems, among which – to rebuilt and develop its philanthropic structures. The need to reevaluate and update the charity acts’ arguments and practices arises, keeping therewith aspects from the local Orthodox Church tradition.

The materials found in archives and the press of that time informs the aimed reader, and not only, about the philanthropic activity of the Bessarabian church in the modern period. The results of the research conclude that the Bessarabian church had a philanthropic system characterized by its presence not only in province, but in other regions of the empire as well; getting involved in different charity acts at the “suggestion” of the “Synod”. There were created funds, associations, societies for the support and help of sick, old and abandoned children. A substantial contribution had the church in the process of educating the young generation by an increase of the number of schools and by supplying the pupils with all necessary.

A special role in the philanthropic work had the convents. Although considered a “form of prayer”, they represented authentic centers where the charity acts were performed.

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#Exhibit of the Month

The great ruler Stephen the Great, outstanding army commander and diplomat, was also concerned during his life with the economic prosperity of the country, supporting the development of crafts, trade and fairs. During his reign, groși and half groși minted in the dinar system were issued, a monetary system introduced in Moldova during the last reign of Petru Aron (1455-1457)...

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The National Museum of History of Moldova takes place among the most significant museum institutions of the Republic of Moldova, in terms of both its collection and scientific reputation.
©2006-2024 National Museum of History of Moldova
Visit museum 31 August 1989 St., 121 A, MD 2012, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
Phones:
Secretariat: +373 (22) 24-43-25
Department of Public Relations and Museum Education: +373 (22) 24-04-26
Fax: +373 (22) 24-43-69
E-mail: office@nationalmuseum.md
Technical Support: info@nationalmuseum.md
Web site administration and maintenance: Andrei EMILCIUC

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The National Museum of History of Moldova takes place among the most significant museum institutions of the Republic of Moldova, in terms of both its collection and scientific reputation.
©2006-2024 National Museum of History of Moldova
Visit museum 31 August 1989 St., 121 A, MD 2012, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
Phones:
Secretariat: +373 (22) 24-43-25
Department of Public Relations and Museum Education: +373 (22) 24-04-26
Fax: +373 (22) 24-43-69
E-mail: office@nationalmuseum.md
Technical Support: info@nationalmuseum.md
Web site administration and maintenance: Andrei EMILCIUC