Man who designed ROL 500-banknote dies

The engraver Octavian Ioan Penda, the man who designed the ROL 500-banknote and the founder of the National Museum of Maps and Old Books, died, on Tuesday, at the “Matei Bals” Hospital, aged 55, “Romania Libera” reports. Octavian Ioan Penda was acomplex artist: painter and engraver, sculptor and medal-designer, ceramist and glass blower, writer and professor. Last, but not least, Octavian Ioan Penda is the engraver who designed the first post-1989 Romanian banknote. His signature appears along side that of the central bank Governor, Mugur Isarescu, onthe ROL 500-banknote, which bore Brancusi’s effigy. Octavian Penda was laid, yesterday, at the Bellu Catholic Cemetery’s Chapel.

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