1875-80; < Romanian: literally, lion, a designation based on Turkisharslanlι (arslan lion + -lι adj. suffix), name given to the Dutch rijksdaalder, which circulated in the later Ottoman Empire and bore the image of a lion
monetary unit of Romania, introduced 1867, lit. "lion." Monetary names in the Balkans often translate as "lion" because Du. gold coins stamped with lions circulated widely in the region in the 17c. and the word for "lion" came to be a word for "money" in some languages in the region.