The Catalog Updated

Official country name: Republic of Bulgaria

Bulgaria uses lev since 1885. The Lev is pegged to the Euro at a rate of 1.95583 Leva = 1 Euro

1 Lev = 100 Stotinki ; ISO code = BGN 975

Bulgaria is a EU member since 2007 but until now not uses euro. Not in ERM II, but obliged to join the eurozone on meeting convergence criteria.

Bulgaria will adopt the euro by the 1st of January, 2023.

21st October 2020, 1 USD = 1.68 lev; 1 Euro = 1.96 lev

Current banknotes

  • 2 leva
  • 5 leva
  • 10 leva
  • 20 leva
  • 50 leva
  • 100 leva

   

2 Levs (US$1.10; €1.02) P-115; B-234 Color: Violet Dimensions: 116 x 64 mm

Front: Engraving of Pagisios of Chiliandar. *
Back: Facsimile of the Zografou draft of the of the “Historiae Sclavo-Bulgaricus” with a list of Bulgarian rulers. This is overprinted with impressions of Tsar Kalogiannis Ring Seal and three seals with the images of Bulgarian Sovereigns Mihail Shishman, Svetoslav Terter and Tsar Ivan Asen II. The right side shows Hristofor Zhefarovich's lion rampant with the names of Bulgarian rulers from the First and Second Empires overprinted in microscopic lettering, Bottom right appears Bulgaria's Coat of Arms with three lions couchant, as published in the Gruenberg Heraldic Compendium of 1483.
Printer: Bulgarian National Bank.
Dates: 1999; 2005.

Security features:

1. Anti-copy Stripe - a hologram stripe consisting of rhomboid elements which change their colour when seen from different angles.
2. Security Thread - a thread incorporated in the banknote paper with initials “БНБ” (BNB) appearing as a negative microprint.
3. Watermark - a half-tone silhouette of a rampant lion.
4. Fluorescence - elements of the pattern, serial numbers and fibres in the paper fluoresce under UV light.
5. Transparent register element - when the banknote is held against the light the digit “2” is seen in a square checkered field.
6. Microprint on the obverse - to the left of the portrait: the text “ПАИСИЙ ХИЛЕНДАРСКИ” (PAGISIOS OF CHILIANDAR); text “2 ЛЕВА” (2 LEVS) printed within the boundaries of the denomination digit “2”; vertical lines starting from the digit “2”.
7. Microprint on the reverse - The image of the lion features the names of Bulgarian tsars “ИВАН АЛЕКСАНДЪР МИХАИЛ III ШИШМАН” (IVAN ALEXANDER MIHAIL III SHISHMAN).
8. The embossed portrait on the obverse - the texts “БЪЛГАРСКА НАРОДНА БАНКА”, “ДВА ЛЕВА” (BULGARIAN NATIONAL BANK, TWO LEVS), the vignette, and the digit of the denomination “2” on the anti-copy stripe.
9. Visually impaired aid - two embossed rectangles.

Note: Replaced by a bi-metallic coin in 07.12.2015, will remain legal tender and circulating in parallel.

* Pagisios of Chiliandar (1722 - 1773), the man who kindled the spark of the Bulgarian National Revival, served in Holy Orders at the monastery of Chiliandar on Mount Athos. He authored the “Historiae Sclavo-Bulgaricus”: the first work of modern Bulgarian letters and harbinger of Bulgarians' spiritual emancipation and national reawakening.

   

5 Levs (US$2.75; €2.56) P-116; B- Color: Red Dimensions: 121 x 67 mm

Front: Engraving of Ivan Milev. *
Back: Details of his painting “A Woman Harvesting”, “The Bulgarian Madonna”, and “Wedding of the Dragon”.
Printer: Bulgarian National Bank.
Dates: 1999; 2009.

Security features (1999):

1. Anti-copy Stripe - a hologram stripe consisting of alternating images of a stylized flower (an element of the design on the reverse of the banknote), the digit “5” and the text “ЛЕВА” (LEVS) appearing as miniprint, which change their colour when seen from a different angle.
2. Security Thread - a thread incorporated in the banknote paper with initials “БНБ 5” (BNB 5) appearing as a negative microprint.
3. Watermark - a half-tone outline of the portrait depicted on the banknote.
4. Fluorescence - elements of the pattern, serial numbers and fibres in the paper fluoresce under UV light.
5. Transparent register element - when the banknote is held against the light the digit “5" is seen in a square checkered field.
6. Microprint on the obverse - the text “ИВАН МИЛЕВ” (IVAN MILEV) to the left of the portrait and in the two vertical lines to the right of the portrait; the text “5 ЛЕВА” (5 LEVS) printed within the boundaries of the denomination digit “5”.
7. Microprint on the reverse - alternating lines with the texts “ИВАН МИЛЕВ” (IVAN MILEV) and “1897 - 1927” form a stripe on the left side of the banknote; alternating lines with the texts “ИВАН МИЛЕВ” (IVAN MILEV) and “1897 - 1927” printed within the boundaries of the harvester's sleeve; the digit "5” under the harvester's hand.
8. The embossed portrait on the obverse - the texts “БЪЛГАРСКА НАРОДНА БАНКА”, “ПЕТ ЛЕВА” (BULGARIAN NATIONAL BANK, FIVE LEVS), the digit of the denomination “5”, the vignette, and the text “5 ЛЕВА” (5 LEVS) on the anti-copy stripe.
9. Visually impaired aid - two embossed triangles pointed upwards.

Security features (2009):

1. Copy Prevention Stripe - a holographic stripe: the figure “5” glinting in more effect and changing colour and images of a boy's head and a stylized frower alternating when the viewing angle is changed. A holographic stripe demetalized along the edge with a minitext “БЪЛГАРСКА НАРОДНА БАНКА 5” (Bulgarian National Bank 5).
2. Security Thread - a metalized stripe woven into the paoer glinting in more effect seen in changing colours of the figure “5” when the viewing ange is changed with a minitext “БНБ 5” (BNB 5), partially showing throgh one of the reverse side of the banknote; along with a special polarization effect.
3. Watermark - a half-tone image of the portrait from the banknote; contrasting inicials “БНБ” (BNB).
4. Fluorescence - under UV light at a wavelength of 365 nm: the fibres embedded in the paper glow blue, green and red; on the obverse eide of the banknote, the stripe with the recurring figures “5” and the series numbers in the area on the right of the holographic stripe glow green; the area on the right of the portrait glows red; on the reverse side, the images of the woman with a child and the women reaper glow green.
5. On the reverse of the banknote an image of a boy's head glows red at a wavelenght of 365 nm and green at a wavelenght of 254 nm.
6. See-through register - as the banknote is held against the light, the figure “5” appears within the rectangular chequered field.
7. Microprint on the obverse - horizontal lines text “ИВАН МИЛЕВ” (IVAN MILEV) in the background on the left of the portrait; in two vertical lines on the right of the portrait the words “ИВАН МИЛЕВ” (IVAN MILEV) and “5 ЛЕВА” (5 LEVS) filling the figure “5”.
8. Microprint on the reverse - lines with “ИВАН МИЛЕВ” (IVAN MILEV) and “1897 1927” forming a stripe in the left part of the background net, as well as filling the sleeve of a woman reaper and the figure “5" in the field under it.
9. Hidden image - at a viewing angle 15 - 20 degrees, the words “5 ЛЕВА” (5 LEVS) appear on the right of the holographic stripe.
10. Raised Print - the portrait of Ivan Milev; the words “БЪЛГАРСКА НАРОДНА БАНКА” (BULGARIAN NATIONAL BANK) and “ПЕТ ЛЕВА” (FIVE LEVS), the figure “5”, the vignette, the vignette and the words “5 ЛЕВА” (5 LEVS) appearing on the holographic stripe.
11. Visually impaired aid - a raised image of two identical triangles with an apex pointing up, situated vertically.

* Ivan Milev (1897 -1927), painter, avant-garde stage designer, and one of the circle who defined the fin-de-siecle in Bulgarian art. Gifted with the potent imagination and strong stylistic sensibility, he sought inspiration and models in village life and folk songs, legends and beliefs to create supple images rich in Bulgarian tradition and spirit.

Front: Engraving of Doctor Peter Beron. To the right of him appear the frontispiece and plates from his 1824 “Primer Containing Diverse Instructions”. Colloquially known as Riben Bukvar (the Fish Primer), this was infused with the ideas of advanced European education.
Back: sketches taken from Peter Beron's treatises in astronomy and his personal telescope.
Printer: Bulgarian National Bank.
Dates: 1999; 2008; 2020 Intro: 12 June 2020.

 

10 Levs (US$5.49; €5.11) P-117; B- Color: Dark green on ochre Dimensions: 126 x 70 mm

Security features (1999):

1. Anti-copy Stripe - a hologram stripe consisting of alternating images of a globe and a telescope (elements of the design on the reverse of the banknote), the figure “10” and the text “ЛЕВА” (LEVS) appearing as miniprint, which change their colour when seen from a different angle.
2. Security Thread - a thread incorporated in the banknote paper with initials “БНБ 10” (BNB 10) appearing as a negative microprint.
3.Watermark - a half-tone outline of the portrait depicted on the banknote.
4. Fluorescence - elements of the pattern, serial numbers and fibres in the paper fluoresce under UV light.
5.Transparent register element - when the banknote is held against the light the figure “10” is seen in a square checkered field.
6. Microprint on the obverse - to the left of the portrait there are alternating lines with the texts: “ПЕТЪР БЕРОН” (PETER BERON) and “1799 - 1871”; in the two vertical lines to the right of the portrait: the text “ПЕТЪР БЕРОН” (PETER BERON); the text “10 ЛЕВА” (10 LEVS) printed within the boundaries of the denomination “10”; the figure “10” forming a stripe underneath the year of the issue “1999”.
7. Microprint on the reverse - the text “ПЕТЪР БЕРОН” (PETER BERON) forming a stripe on the left side of the banknote.
8.The obverse of the banknote features the embossed portrait, the texts “БЪЛГАРСКА НАРОДНА БАНКА”, “ДЕСЕТ ЛЕВА” (BULGARIAN NATIONAL BANK, TEN LEVS), the figure of the denomination “10”, the vignette, and the text “10 ЛЕВА” (10 LEVS) on the anti-copy stripe.
9. Visually impaired aid - an embossed rectangle and the circle underneath.

 

10 Levs (US$5.49; €5.11) P-117; B- Color: Dark green on ochre Dimensions: 126 x 70 mm

Security features (2008):

1. Raised print - the portrait of Dr. Petar Beron, the words “БЪЛГАРСКА НАРОДНА БАНКА” (BULGARIAN NATIONAL BANK) and “ДЕСЕТ ЛЕВА” (TEN LEVS), the figure “10”, the vignette and the words “10 ЛЕВА” (10 LEVS) appearing on the holografic stripe.
2. Visually impaired aid - a raised image of a rectangle and circle beneath.
3. Watermark - a half-tone image of the portrait from the banknote and contrasting initials “БНБ” (BNB) (new element).
4. Security thread (new design) - a metallized strip woven into the paper with a minitext “БНБ 10” (BNB 10), partially showing through on the reverse side of the banknote, changing colour from green to red at a different viewing angle, when observed through a polarized filter, tilted black and white stripes can be seen on the reverse side of the banknote’s security strip.
5. See-through register – as the banknote is held against the light, the figure “10” appears within a rectangular chequered field.
6. Copy prevention stripe – a holographic stripe featuring a globe with telescope and planet alternating when the viewing angle is changed, images of the number “10” glinting in more effect and chanding colour through motion; demetallized edge of the holographic stripe with a minitext “БЪЛГАРСКА НАРОДНА БАНКА 10” (BULGARIAN NATIONAL BANK 10).
7. Hidden image (new element) – at a viewing angle of 15-20 degrees, the words “10 ЛЕВА” (10 LEVS) appear on the right of the holographic stripe.
8. Visually impaired aid - an embossed rectangle and the circle underneath.

 

10 Levs (US$5.49; €5.11) P-117; B- Color: Dark green on ochre Dimensions: 126 x 70 mm

Security features (2020):

1. Raised print – the obverse of the banknote features Dr. Petar Beron’s portrait; the texts ‘БЪЛГАРСКА НАРОДНА БАНКА’ (Bulgarian National Bank) and ‘ДЕСЕТ ЛЕВА’ (ten levs); the number 10; and a vignette at the upper part of the hologram stripe with the number 10 on it.
2. Security thread – built into the paper and partially appearing on the reverse, with a repeating light-coloured text ‘БНБ 10’ (BNB 10) and a diagonal dynamic optical effect, shifting its colour from golden to green. The repeating text ‘БНБ 10’ is visible on the obverse when the banknote is held up to the light.
3. High resolution watermark – seen when the banknote is held up to the light. It represents a high resolution half-tone portrait of Dr. Petar Beron. The image is also visible on the reverse of the banknote.
4. Hologram stripe with optical effects – images of the earth globe, a telescope, and a planet, alternating when the banknote is tilted; a coloured hologram portrait of Dr. Petar Beron; a stylised image of an armillary sphere; images of a ‘crowned lion rampant’ with a dynamic effect and a 3D image of the number 10.
5. See-through register – a rectangular chessboard field in the lower right-hand side of the banknote, where the number 10 is seen when the banknote is held up to the light. The image is also visible on the reverse.
6. Hidden image – the number 10 appears at the top to the left of the hologram stripe when the banknote is held at an angle.
7. Micro-print on the obverse – horizontal lines with the texts ‘ПЕТЪР БЕРОН’ (Petar Beron) and ‘1799 1871’ in the background to the left of the portrait; two vertical lines to the right of the portrait with the text ‘ПЕТЪР БЕРОН’; the text ‘10 ЛЕВА’ (10 levs) filling up the number 10; 10’s forming a strip under the year of issue ‘2020’.
8. Micro-print on the reverse – the text ‘ПЕТЪР БЕРОН’ forming a vertical strip in the left side of the banknote.
9. Fluorescence on the obverse – under UV light (365 nanometres), to the right of the hologram stripe appears a strip, fluorescent in red, composed of repeating 10’s and globe images; the two serial numbers, the right half of the background elements, the see-through register and the signatures of the Governor and the Chief Cashier fluoresce in green.
10. Fluorescence on the reverse – under UV light (365 nanometres), the telescope and parts of the illustrations in the academic works fluoresce in red; Dr. Petar Beron’s portrait fluoresces in blue, and a globe and two 10’s fluoresce in yellow-green.
11. Mark for visually impaired people – an embossed rectangle, its bottom side is the shorter one, and a circle underneath, all in the lower right-hand corner of the obverse of the banknote.
12. Additional mark for visually impaired people – two thick and eight thin lines at an angle along the short sides of the banknote.

* Doctor Peter Beron (1799 - 1871), a National Revival scientist, Renaissance Man, reformer and sponsor of Bulgarian learning, this linguist with nine languages authored the first secular instruction book in Bulgarian, and encoded modern Bulgarian grammar. He contributed greatly to the modernisation of education and establishment of contemporary Bulgarian culture.

Front: Stefan Stambolov *. The central part carries a cover facsimile of his anthology “Songs and Poems” issued in Bucharest in 1877, and his poem “To My Comrades”. Below appears the Seal of the Edinstvo (Unity) Committee in Tarnovo, whose co-founder Stambolov was.
Back: National Assembly building and fragments of Orlov Most and Lavov Most (Sofia's Eagle and Lion Bridges): public edifices linked with his period in office; and manuscript in his hand.
Printer: Bulgarian National Bank.
Dates: 1999; 2007; 2020 Intro: 20 March 2020.

   

20 Levs (US$10.99; €10.22) P-118a; B- Color: Blue Dimensions: 131 x 72 mm

Security features (1999):

1. Anti-copy Stripe - a hologram stripe consisting of alternating images of an eagle (an element of the design on the reverse of the banknote), the figure “20” and the text “ЛЕВА” (LEVS) appearing as miniprint, which change their colour when seen from a different angle.
2. Security Thread - a thread incorporated in the banknote paper with the text “БНБ 20” (BNB 20) appearing as a negative microprint.
3. Watermark - a half-tone outline of the portrait depicted on the banknote.
4. Fluorescence - elements of the pattern, serial numbers and fibres in the paper fluoresce under UV light.
5. Transparent register element - when the banknote is held against the light the figure “20” is seen in a square checkered field.
6. Microprint on the obverse - to the left of the portrait there are alternating lines with the texts: “СТЕФАН СТАМБОЛОВ” (STEFAN STAMBOLOV), “1854 - 1895” and “20 ЛЕВА" (20 LEVS); to the right of the portrait in the two vertical lines: the text “СТЕФАН СТАМБОЛОВ” (STEFAN STAMBOLOV); the text “20 ЛЕВА" (20 LEVS) printed within the boundaries of the denomination figure “20”; the figure “20” forming a stripe underneath the shoulder of the portrait image.
7. Microprint on the reverse - above the image of the lion - a stripe of figures “20”; in the right side of the banknote - the figure “20”.
8. The obverse of the banknote features the embossed texts “БЪЛГАРСКА НАРОДНА БАНКА”, “ДВАДЕСЕТ ЛЕВА” (BULGARIAN NATIONAL BANK, TWENTY LEVS), the figure of the denomination “20”, the vignette, and the text “20 ЛЕВА” (20 LEVS) on the anti-copy stripe.
9. Visually impaired aid - two embossed circles.

   

20 Levs (US$10.99; €10.22) P-118b; B- Color: Blue Dimensions: 131 x 72 mm

Security features (2007):

1. In embossed print on the obverse side of the banknote are printed the jacket from the portrait on the banknote, the name of the issuing bank, the nominal value, written in words, and a mark for visually impaired people – an embossed image of two circles.
2. Water mark – half-toned image of the portrait from the banknote and a contrasting image of the initials “БНБ” (BNB) (new element).
3. Security strip (new design) – a metallized strip woven into the paper with a micro print “БНБ 20” (BNB 20), shows on both sides of the banknote when held against the light, partially showing through on the reverse side of the banknote, which changes colour from red to green through motion. When observed through a polarized filter, tilted black and white stripes can be seen on the reverse side of the banknote’s security strip.
4. Transparent register element – when the banknote is held against the light, the figure “20”appears on it in a square chequered field.
5. Copy prevention stripe – a holographic stripe featuring a lion and an eagle, which are seen in turns when the banknote is tilted at different angles, images of the number “20”, which pulsates in different colours, demetallized edge of the holographic stripe with microprint “БЪЛГАРСКА НАРОДНА БАНКА” (BULGARIAN NATIONAL BANK).
6. Hidden image (new element) – as the banknote is held at 15-20 degree, the text “20 ЛЕВА” (20 BGN) appears to the right of the copy prevention stripe.
7. Microprint – the text “20 ЛЕВА” (20 BGN), filling the figure “20”; the horizontal lines with the text “СТЕФАН СТАМБОЛОВ” (STEFAN STAMBOLOV), “1854-1895”, “20 ЛЕВА” (20 BGN) in the background to the left of the portrait; two vertical lines to the right of the portrait with the text “СТЕФАН СТАМБОЛОВ” (STEFAN STAMBOLOV).

8. UV fluorescence on the obverse side of the banknote - under UV light the banknote shows the following features:
> small fibres embedded in the paper glow in blue, green and red;
> the fields round the holographic stripe glow in green and the figure “20” reappears many-fold;
> elements of the background on the right-hand side of the banknote glow in green;
> the serial numbers glow in green.

9. UV fluorescence on the reverse side of the banknote - under UV light the banknote shows the following features:
> small fibres embedded in the paper glow in blue, green and red;
> the Parliament building glows in green;
> on the left-hand side of the banknote appears the figure of an eagle, that is invisible in daylight, and glows in red.

10. UV bi-fluorescence on the reverse side of the banknote (new element):
> under UV light at 365nm, the image of an eagle glowing in red appears, that is invisible in daylight;
> under UV light at 254nm, the image of an eagle glowing in green appears, that is invisible in daylight.

11. Visually impaired aid - two embossed circles.

20 Levs (US$10.99; €10.22) P-118c; B- Color: Blue Dimensions: 131 x 72 mm

Security features (2020):

1. Raised print – the obverse of the banknote features the portrait of Stefan Stambolov and the texts ‘БЪЛГАРСКА НАРОДНА БАНКА’ (BULGARIAN NATIONAL BANK), ‘ДВАДЕСЕТ ЛЕВА’ (TWENTY LEVS), ‘Стефан Стамболов’ (Stefan Stambolov), ‘1854–1895’; the year of the issue ‘2020’ and a vignette at the upper part of the hologram stripe with the number “20” on it.
2. Security thread – built into the paper and partially appearing on the reverse, with a repeated light-coloured text ‘БНБ 20’ (BNB 20) and a ‘fan-like’ dynamic optical effect shifting from green to blue. The image of the repeating text ‘БНБ 20’ is visible on the obverse when the banknote is held up against the light.
3. High resolution watermark – seen when the banknote is held up to the light. It consists of a high resolution half-tone image of Stefan Stambolov’s portrait. The image is also seen on the reverse of the banknote.
4. Hologram stripe with optical effects – alternating images of a lion and an eagle, changing when the banknote is tilted; a coloured hologram portrait of Stefan Stambolov; a stylised image of the Order of Bravery; images of a ‘crowned lion rampant’ with a dynamic effect and a 3D image of the number ‘20’.
5. See-through register element – a rectangular chessboard field located in the bottom right hand side of the banknote, in which the number ‘20’ can be seen when it is held against the light. The image can also be seen on the reverse.
6. Hidden image – the number ‘20’ appears at the top to the left of the hologram stripe when the banknote is held at an angle.
7. Micro-print on the obverse – horizontal lines with the text ‘СТЕФАН СТАМБОЛОВ’ (STEFAN STAMBOLOV), ‘1854–1895’ and ‘20 ЛЕВА’ (20 LEVS) in the background to the left of the portrait, in two vertical lines to the right of the portrait – the text ‘СТЕФАН СТАМБОЛОВ’ (STEFAN STAMBOLOV); the number ‘20’ is filled in with horizontal lines with the text ‘20 ЛЕВА’ (20 LEVS).
8. Micro-print on the reverse – above the image of the lion – a field of vertical lines with the number ‚20’; in the bottom right hand side of the banknote – the numbers ‘20’.
9. Fluorescence of the obverse – under UV light (365 nanometres) a red fluorescent fascia of repeated number 20 and images of ‘a crowned lion rampant’ appears in the area to the right of the hologram stripe. The two serial numbers, the right hand side of the background elements, the see-through register, and the signatures of the Governor and the Chief Cashier fluoresce green.
10. Fluorescence of the reverse – under UV light (365 nanometres) – the fragment with the eagle from the Eagles’ Bridge fluoresces red. The image of Stefan Stambolov’s portrait fluoresces blue, and a rampant lion and two images of the number '20’ fluoresce yellow-green.
11. Mark for visually impaired people– embossed image of two circles, one below the other, printed in the bottom right hand corner of the obverse.
12. Additional mark for visually impaired people – three thick and seven thin lines at an angle along the short sides of the banknote.

* Stefan Stambolov (1854 - 1895), this most resolute, uncompromising and controversial of Bulgarian statesmen grasped the perilous historic task of modernising the nation. Participant in the National Liberation struggle, poet National Unification activist National Assembly Deputy, Chairman, Regent, and Prime Minister, Stambolov put Bulgaria upon the map of European statesmanship.

Front: Portrait of the writer Pencho Slaveykov, fragments of the buildings of the National Theatre ‘Ivan Vazov’ and the National Library ‘St.St. Cyril and Methodius’; vertically printed texts ‘Пенчо Славейков’ (Pencho Slaveykov) and ‘1866 – 1912’ and the banknote’s nominal value in figures and in words.
Back: Texts from Pencho Slaveykov’s works, a bird illustration from one of his books of poetry, the figure of the poetess Mara Belcheva, and the banknote’s nominal value given in figures and in words.
Printer: Bulgarian National Bank.
Dates: 1999; 2006; 2019 Intro: 1 November 2019.

   

50 Levs (US$27.46; €25.56) P-119a,119b ; B- Color: Brown and yellow Dimensions: 136 x 76 mm

   

50 Levs (US$27.46; €25.56) P-119c; B- Color: Brown and yellow Dimensions: 136 x 76 mm

Front: Portrait of the writer Aleko Konstantinov, figures and elements connected with the tourist movement in Bulgaria, the title page of his travel notes ‘To Chicago and Back’, vertically printed texts ‘Алеко Константинов’ (Aleko Konstantinov) and ‘1863 – 1897’, and the value of the banknote in numbers and letters.
Back: Elements connected with Aleko Konstantinov’s life and works, and the value of the banknote is written in numbers and letters.
Printer: Bulgarian National Bank.
Dates: 2003; 2018 Intro: 28 December 2018.

   

100 Levs (US$54.93; €51.12) P-120a; B- Color: Green Dimensions: 141 x 79 mm

   

100 Levs (US$54.93; €51.12) P-120b; B- Color: Green Dimensions: 141 x 79 mm

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  • 120 Years Leva Currency

   

20 Levs (US$10.99; €10.22) P-121; B- Color: Violet Dimensions: 134 x 74 mm Substrate: Hybrid

Front: symbolic elements of the BNB: stylised elements from the BNB building, the BNB emblem, and other multi-coloured background nets of appropriate structures, vignettes, rosettes, analogous to the banknotes of the first BNB issues.
Back: Replica of the first Bulgarian banknote of BGN 20, issue 1885, the old BNB building, the sculpture image of a seated woman used for the banknotes of BGN 1 and 2, issue 1920, and the coat of arms of the Principality of Bulgaria.
Security features:

1. Watermark – a halftone image of a rampant lion.
2. Electrotype watermark – the abbreviation “БНБ”.
3. Anti-copier line comprising:

> security element “Varifeye®”, in the form of a window in the paper, through which the numerals “20” can be seen when the banknote is on a white pad, and on a black pad – diagonal lines;
> holographic image of the numeral “20” which pulsates in various colours when the banknote is tilted;
> the emblem of the Bulgarian National Bank with a holographic effect.

4. Security thread – a band built in the paper, with a negative mini-text “БНБ 20”, which partially comes out on the back of the note and changes its colour from violet to green.
5. See-through register – when the note is held up to the light, the image of the numeral “20” is formed in a rectangular chessboard field.
6. Optical variable ink (OVI) – when the sight angle is changed, the numeral “20” in the lower right corner of the note front changes its colour from violet to green.
7. Visually impaired aid – a high relief image of two circles, one above the other.

Printer: Bulgarian National Bank.
Date: 2005. Prefix: AA.
Quantity: 250 000.

Banknotes withdrawn in 1999, issued between 1991-1997 exchangeable without time limit.

  • In 1881 the first edition of the Lev was introduced as the official currency for Bulgaria; it had the same value as the French Franc.
  • During 1940 the Lev was pegged to the German Reichsmark. 1 Reischmark = 32.75 Leva.
  • The Soviet Union occupied Bulgaria in 1944 and the Lev was pegged to the Russian Ruble at 1 Ruble = 15 Leva.
  • From 1945 to 1952 the Bulgarian lev was pegged to the US Dollar a number of times.
  • The second Lev was introduced in 1952 and was used until 1962.
  • In 1962 the third series of the Lev was introduced. It was subdivided into dominations of 1,000 and the new Lev was pegged to the German Mark at par.
  • The Lev currently used in Bulgaria was introduced in 1995.

Currency Import regulations:
Same regulations as for export apply.

Currency Export regulations:
Local currency (Bulgarian Lev – BGN) and foreign currencies:
1. No restrictions if arriving from or traveling to another EU Member State .
2. If arriving directly from or traveling to a country outside the EU: amounts exceeding EUR 10,000.- or more or the equivalent in another currency (incl. banker’s draft and cheques of any kind) must be declared.