According with its founding law in 17/29 April 1880, the National Bank of Romania received the exclusive right for issuing currency. The first banknote printing equipment was bought form Paris in the same year.
– 1881 –
In the printing house they began to be printed the 20, 100 and 1000 lei banknotes.
The first banknote issued by the National Bank of Romania printed in Bucharest was “20 lei” – “Doue Dieci Lei”.
In addition to banknotes, the Printing house also printed other types of documents issued by the state authorities such as stocks and shares.
– 1937 –
A part of the watermark paper used for the National Bank of Romania banknotes started to be purchased from the Romanian manufactory Letea (Bacau).
– 1943 –
The paper used for 2.000 lei banknotes printing had in its structure, besides watermark, coloured fibres for higher security.
– 1947 –
The highest nominal value banknote issued in Romania, of 5.000.000 lei, started to be printed.
The monetary reform took place and after stabilization, the new banknotes started to be printed in the National Bank of Romania Printing Works, in offset system. Two new machines from Switzerland and a set of equipment from Marvan Typography were brought. The banknotes were made on offset print.
– 1952 –
After the monetary reform, new banknotes were issued by ”Banca Republicii Populare Romana – Banca de stat”. New banknotes were printed in offset system, on watermark paper produced in Romania.
The Note Printworks Unit was created, operating under ”wise management” principle. This structure had 189 employees (139 workers and 50 technical and administrative employees), with the following workshops: photo reproduction, galvanoplasty, printing, finishing, chemical analysis, value verification, maintenance.
– 1953 –
The Note and Stamps Enterprise was founded, by merging the Note Printworks Unit with the postal stamp printing sector, with headquarters on 28 Fabrica de Chibrituri street. The new enterprise had been taken over by the Ministry of Finance.
– 1985 –
The Bank Printing Works merged with the Stamp Factory (until 1991).
– 1991 –
The National Bank of Romania Printing Works was founded by government decision, operating by economic management and financial autonomy under the authority of the National Bank of Romania.
The new 500 lei banknote was printed by the Printing Works specialists, being the first issued by the National Bank of Romania after the 1989 Revolution. Later, other types of banknotes were put into circulation, printed entirely in the Printing Works, on offset print: 200 lei, 500 lei, 1000 and 5000 lei.
– 2001 –
National Bank of Romania Printing Works was the first printing house in Europe who produced banknotes on polymer support.
– 2007 –
National Bank of Romania Printing Works inaugurated its new headquarters, having the infrastructure, machinery, equipment and the security systems that allow printing banknotes and specific documents, complying with the highest quality standards.
– 2018 –
The collector banknote dedicated to 100 years since the Great Union on 1 December 1918 was printed, with King Ferdinand and Queen Mary on the foreground.
– 2019 –
The collector banknote dedicated to the Completion of the Great Union – Ion I.C. Bratianu was printed, having on the obverse the portrait of the great politician.