157-Moldova 1991 samples
Now we come to the former Soviet Union (FSU) countries. When the various countries gained independence at the collapse of the Soviet Union, all re-plated with their own distinct styles between 1992 and 1996. Nearly all these countries suffered from an excess of mint unused plates going straight from the factory in Germany to collectors in Germany. These were then sold on as the genuine article. Just about all the mint first series after independence plates in collections are samples and they have never been to the country they represent.
There is no such thing as a correct design mint plate that has come from the actual country it is made for as the FSU countries are very strict about not letting any plates out of their hands.
Moral: Mint German made FSU plates are always samples and often of the wrong design.
These are samples for the short-lived 1991 series of plates in Moldova. The top two and the bottom two are on the wrong (German not Russian) bases and have registrations of a type that never existed.
TC 858 1 in the middle does look correct and even, possibly, used but all the embassy numbers started with 1 not 8 so this looks like a sample to me. If you own it, send me a photo of the rear of the plate please.