Look at the *gorgeous* Romanian 5 lei in our picture. It is in fully uncirculated condition and therefore commands a very high price. It is on sale now at PATER Munzen und Medaillen in Ense, Germany for 1850 euros (about $2400 US dollars). This is a good price for such a nice looking coin. We have included a large close-up of Pater's coin below so you can see the level of quality necessary to reach top prices in rare coins. Collectors are always looking for the best specimen possible to add to their collections. The same coin in worse condition is worth far less.
See our Terminology page for more information about pricing coins based on catalog value.
Carol I ruled Romania as Prince (Domnul) from 1866 to 1881 and as King (Rege) from 1881 to 1914. This page applies to coins with Carol's likeness on one side and a crowned, draped, and supported (the lions) coat-of-arms on the other. There are other patterns used during this time period, but this page applies only to ones that look like the picture.
Here is a list of approximate catalog values for these coins.
LEU (1 L) 0.134 troy ounces of silver
worn: $12 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $20
well preserved: $70
fully uncirculated: $200
leu coins dated 1885B are more rare; multiply these values by three
2 LEI (1 L) 0.268 troy ounces of silver
worn: $15 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $32
well preserved: $120
fully uncirculated: $400
2 lei dated 1901 are much more rare and catalog at $2500 in well preserved condition
5 LEI (5 L) 0.723 troy ounces of silver
worn: $50 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $160
well preserved: $450
fully uncirculated: $1200
5 lei dated 1880B, 1881B, and 1883B are more common; divide these values by two
5 lei dated 1885B are more rare, multiply these values by two