摩爾多瓦列伊（Moldovenesc Leu /Leu Moldovenesc/Moldovan Leu 標準符號：MDL）
The history of the currency of Moldova
leu moldovenesc (Moldovan)молдавский лей (Russian)
ISO 4217 Code：MDL
User(s)：Moldova except Transnistria
Source：The World Factbook, 2006 est.
Coins：1, 5, 10, 25, 50 bani
Banknotes：1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000 lei
Central bank：National Bank of Moldova
The Moldovan Leu, denoted by the ISO symbol, MDL, is the official currency of Moldova. A Leu is subdivided into 100 bani. The Moldovan Leu was created after the establishment of the independent state of Moldova. Before Moldova was created, it was a province of Romania. The Romanian Leu circulated in this area, which later kept the name Leu.
Between 1918 and 1940 and again between 1941 and 1944, when Moldova was part of Romania, the Romanian leu was used also in the eastern part of Moldavia. The Moldovan leu was established on 29 November 1993, following the collapse of the Soviet Union and the creation of the independent Republic of Moldova. It replaced the older cupon currency at a rate of 1 leu = 1000 cupon.
In Transnistria, an unrecognised break-away republic from Moldova, Transnistrian ruble is used instead.
Coins consist of 1, 5, 10, and 25 bani in aluminium and 50 bani in aluminium-bronze. 50 bani, 1 and 5 leu coins were issued in stainless steel in 1993 but have been withdrawn from circulation.
There have been two series of Moldovan leu banknotes. The first series was short-lived and only included 1, 5, and 10 lei.