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.

16th October 2021, 1 USD = 1.68 lev; 1 Euro = 1.96 lev

CURRENCY REFORM 1999 (1:1000)

Current banknotes

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

   

2 Levs (US$1.19; €1.02) P-115; B-224 Color: Violet Dimensions: 116 x 64 mm

Front: Portrait of Paisii Hilendarski. In the background are depicted the Zografski Monastery in Athos, its seal and the monastic cell of Paisii. *
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 Printing Works, Sofia (Bulgaria) - BNB.
Dates:
a. 1999. Sign 1.
b. 2005. Sign 2.

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.

Signatures:

1.       2.
Svetoslav Gavriiski & Lyuben Ivanov        Ivan Iskrov & Stefan Tzvetkov

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$2.97; €2.55) Color: Burgundy Dimensions: 121 x 67 mm

Front: Portrait of the famous Bulgarian artist from the 1920s Ivan Milev. In the background are embedded details of the painting "Art and thorn wreath", decorative motifs from other works of the artist, excerpts from his personal letters and a monogram from a poster for his first exhibition, held in 1925 in Sofia. *
Back: Details of his painting “A Woman Harvesting”, “The Bulgarian Madonna”, and “Wedding of the Dragon”.
Printer: Bulgarian National Bank Printing Works, Sofia (Bulgaria) - BNB.
Dates:
P-116a; B-225a. 1999. Sign 1.
P-116b; B-231a. 2009. Sign 2.
Paper - 100% cotton, tinted in pink color.

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.

 

P-116c; B-235a.
Printer: Oberthur Fiduciaire AD, Sofia (Bulgaria).
Date: 2020. Sign 3. Intro: 01.09.2020.
Material – Pink-tinted paper with varnish coating after printing.

Security features (2020):

1. Embossed stamp – a portrait of Ivan Milev is printed on the front of the banknote; the texts "BULGARIAN NATIONAL BANK" and "PET LEVA"; the figure "5"; the vignette at the top of the hologram bar and the number "5" onit.
2. Insurance thread – embedded in the paper, partially output into sectors on the reverse side, with light repeating text "BNB "5" and with a vertical dynamic effect, changing color from red to green. The image of the repeating text "BNB 5" is read on the front when placing the banknote against a lightsource.
3. High resolution watermark – seen when placing the banknote against a light source. It consists of a semi-toon high-resolution image of the portrait of Ivan Milev. The image is also seen on the reverse side of the banknote.
4. Hologram tape with optical effects – alternating when changing the angle of observation images of reaper and stylized flower; colorful hologram portrait of Ivan Milev; stylized image of a fragment of the cover of the magazine "ECA"; images of an upright crowned lion with dynamic effect and a voluminous three-dimensional image of the figure "5".
5. Register of sight – rectangular chess field located at the bottom of the right half of the banknote, in which the figure "5" is visible when placed against a light source. The image is also seen on the reverse side of the banknote.
6. Hidden image – at the top end, to the left of the hologram bar, when observing at an angle, the figure "5" appears.
7. Microtext on the front – horizontal lines with texts "IVAN MILEV" in the background to the left of the portrait; in two vertical lines to the right of the portrait text "IVAN MILEV"; text "BGN 5", filling in the figure "5".
8. Microtext on the reverse side – lines with texts "IVAN MILEV" and "1897–1927", form a strip on the left side of the background network; lines with texts "IVAN MILEV" and "1897–1927" fill the sleeve of the reaper; the number "5" in the box belowit.
9. Fluorescence on the front – when illuminated with ultraviolet light (365 nanometers) a strip appears in the area to the right of the hologram strip, fluorescing in red consisting of repeating figures 5, bird images and floral graphic elements. The two serial numbers, the head of a boy, fragments of paintings by Ivan Milev, the register of sight and the signatures of the manager and the chief cashier fluoresce in green.
10. Fluorescence on the reverse side – when illuminated with ultraviolet light (365 nanometers) – the background elements around the youngster, sickle and head of the reaper glow red. the portrait of Ivan Milev – in blue, and two digits "5", a floral element of theatrical décor and birds from the map "Baba Marta" – in yellow and green.
11. Sign for blind citizens – embossed image of two identical triangles facing upwards, located at each other, printed in the lower right corner of the front of the banknote.
12. An additional sign for blind citizens – it consists of one thick and nine thin lines located at an angle on both short sides of the banknote.

Signatures:

1.       2.       3.
Svetoslav Gavriiski & Lyuben Ivanov        Ivan Iskrov & Stefan Tzvetkov       Dimitar Radev & Stefan Tzvetkov

* 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.

 

10 Levs (US$5.94; €5.11) P-117a; B-226a Color: Dark green on ochre Dimensions: 126 x 70 mm

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 Printing Works, Sofia (Bulgaria) - BNB.
Date: 1999. Sign 1. Intro: 05.07.1999.
Paper - 100% cotton, tinted in beige color.

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.

 

P-117b; B-232a.
Date: 2008. Sign 2.

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.

 

P-117c; B-236a.
Printer: Oberthur Fiduciaire AD, Sofia (Bulgaria).
Date: 2020. Sign 3. Intro: 12.06.2020.
Material – paper, tinted in beige color, with varnish coating after printing.

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.

Signatures:

1.       2.       3.
Svetoslav Gavriiski & Lyuben Ivanov        Ivan Iskrov & Stefan Tzvetkov       Dimitar Radev & Stefan Tzvetkov

* 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.

   

20 Levs (US$11.88; €10.21) P-118a; B-227a Color: Blue Dimensions: 131 x 72 mm

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 Printing Works, Sofia (Bulgaria) - BNB.
Date: 1999. Sign 1. Intro: 05.09.1999.
Paper - 100% cotton, tinted in beige color.

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.

   

P-118b; B-233a
Date: 2007. Sign 2.

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. Watermark – 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.

   

P-118c; B-237a.
Printer: Oberthur Fiduciaire AD, Sofia (Bulgaria).
Date: 2020. Sign 3.  Intro: 20.03.2020
Material – paper, tinted in beige color, with varnish coating after printing.

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.

Signatures:

1.       2.       3.
Svetoslav Gavriiski & Lyuben Ivanov        Ivan Iskrov & Stefan Tzvetkov       Dimitar Radev & Stefan Tzvetkov

* 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.

   

50 Levs (US$29.70; €25.53) Color: Brown and yellow Dimensions: 136 x 76 mm

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 Printing Works, Sofia (Bulgaria) - BNB.
Dates:
P-119a; B-228a. 1999. Sign 1.
P-119b; B-234a. 2006. Sign 2.
Paper - 100% cotton, tinted in pink color.

Security features (1999):

1. Anticopy strip - hologram tape with alternating images of a bird (element of the design on the reverse side of the banknote), the number "50" and the text "LEVA" inscribed with a minischrift, which change color when changing the angle of observation.
2. Social security thread - built into the paper strip with negative micro-text "BNB 50".
3. Watermark - a semi-toon image of the portrait on the banknote.
4. Fluorescence - when illuminated with an ultraviolet lamp, fluorescence of elements of the composition, serial numbers and fibers from the paper is observed.
5. Register of sight - an image of the number "50" is formed in a rectangular chess field when observing against light.
6. Micro-text on the front - text "PENCHO SLAVEYKOV" to the left of the portrait in both vertical lines to the right of the portrait; text "FIFTY LEVA" in the area to the right of the portrait; text "BGN 50", filling in the number of nominal "50".
7. Micro-text on the reverse side - text "PENCHO SLAVEYKOV", forming a vertical strip on the left side of the banknote.
8. With embossed stamp on the front of the banknote are printed the portrait, the texts "BULGARIAN NATIONAL BANK", "FIFTY LEVA", the number of nominal "50", the vignette and the text "50 LEVA" on the anticopy strip.
9. Sign for blind citizens - a relief image of two triangles facing each other.

Security features (2006):

1. Anticopy strip - hologram tape with alternating images of a bird (element of the design on the reverse side of the banknote), the number "50" and the text "LEVA" inscribed with a minischrift, which change color when changing the angle of observation.
2. With embossed printing on the front of the banknote are printed the image of Pencho Slaveykov; the texts "BULGARIAN NATIONAL BANK" and "FIFTY LEVA"; the number "50"; on the right side of the hologram bar and the text "50 LEVA" on it.
3. Hologram bar - contains images of a bird, the number "50" and the minitext "LEVA", overflowing in different colors when changing the angle of observation.
4. Color-changing ink (OVI) - the library building, located under the signature of Pencho Slaveykov in the right half of the front of the banknote, changes color from golden to green when changing the angle of observation.
5. Providing thread - built into the paper a dark metallized thread with light minitext "BNB 50", observed on both sides of the banknote when inserting it against a light source.
6. Watermark - a semi-tone image of the portrait on the banknote, observed on both sides of the banknote when placed against a light source.
7. Register of sight - a rectangular chess field located at the bottom of the right half of the front of the banknote, in which the number "50" is observed when placed against a light source on both sides of the banknote.
8. Hidden image - on the jacket of Pencho Slaveykov, when observing the banknote at an angle of 15 - 20 degrees, an image of the number "50" appears.
9. Microtext on the front side - horizontal lines with text "PENCHO SLAVEYKOV" in the background to the left of the portrait; in two vertical lines to the right of the portrait - text "PENCHO SLAVEYKOV"; text "BGN 50", filling in the number "50".
10. Microtext on the reverse side - text "PENCHO SLAVEYKOV" on the left side of the background network.

11. Fluorescence - when illuminated with ultraviolet lamp (365 nm):
 fibers from the paper glow in blue, green and red color;
 on the front of the banknote - in the area to the right of the hologram strip the strip of repeating numbers "50", the background on the right side of the banknote and the serial numbers glow in green color;
 on the reverse side of the banknote - the figure of the woman, parts of the background, pen and rosette in the right corner of the banknote glow in green color.

12. Bifluorescence - on the reverse side of pencho slaveykov's bas-relief banknote glows in blue when illuminated with an ultraviolet lamp with a wavelength of 365 nm and in red - at 254 m.
13. Sign for blind citizens - embossed image of two identical triangles, facing each other with their tips facing each other, printed in the lower right corner of the front of the banknote.

   

P-119c; B-238a.
Printer: Oberthur Fiduciaire AD, Sofia (Bulgaria).
Date: 2019. Sign 3. Intro: 01.11.2019.
Material – paper, tinted in beige color, with varnish coating after printing.

Security features (2019):

1. Embossed stamp – on the front of the banknote are printed a portrait of Pencho Slaveykov, the texts "BULGARIAN NATIONALBANK", "FIFTY LEVA", "Pencho Slaveykov", "1866-1912", the year of issue "2019" and vignette on the right side on the hologram tape with the number "50" on it.
2. Security thread – embedded in the paper and partially emerging from the reverse with light repeating text "BNB 50" and with dynamic effect "flame", changing color from golden to green.
3. High resolution watermark – seen when placing the banknote against a light source. It consists of a high-resolution semitonic image of Pencho Slaveykov's portrait. The images are also seen on the reverse side of the banknote.
4. A hologram strip with optical effects - alternating when changing the angle of observation images of a bird and Icarus; a colorful holographic portrait of Pencho Slaveykov; a book changing color from golden to green when changing the angle of observation; a dynamic "flame" effect with a change in color from golden to green when changing the angle of observation and a voluminous three-dimensional image of the number 50.
5. Register of sight – rectangular chess field located in the middle in the right half of the banknote, in which the number "50" is visible when placed against a light source.
6. Optical ink – the number 50 is printed with color-changing ink with a dynamic flame effect, which changes from golden to green when the viewing angle changes.
7. Hidden image – at the top edge, to the left of the hologram bar, an image of the number "50" appears when looking at an angle.
8. Microtext on the front side – horizontal lines with text "PENCHO SLAVEYKOV" in the background to the left of the portrait, in two vertical lines to the right of the portrait – text "PENCHO SLAVEYKOV".
9. Microtext on the reverse side – text "PENCHO SLAVEYKOV" on the left side of the background network.
10. Fluorescence – in case of illumination with ultraviolet light (365 nanometers) – a figure of the entevo Mara Belcheva fluorescence in red.
11. Sign for blind citizens – embossed image of two identical triangles facing each other, facing each other, printed in the lower right corner of the front of the banknote.
12. An additional sign for blind citizens – it consists of four thick and seven thin lines, located at an angle on both short sides of the banknote.

Signatures:

1.       2.       3.
Svetoslav Gavriiski & Lyuben Ivanov        Ivan Iskrov & Stefan Tzvetkov       Dimitar Radev & Stefan Tzvetkov

* Pencho Slaveykov (1866 - 1912) - poet, essayist, translator and literary critic - is one of the most influential classics of Bulgarian literature, ingesting it to the world literary process. His personality and creativity leave a bright imprint on the development of all subsequent generations of Bulgarian intellectuals.

   

100 Levs (US$59.40; €51.07) P-120a; B-229a Color: Green Dimensions: 141 x 79 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 Printing Works, Sofia (Bulgaria) - BNB.
Date: 2003. Sign 1.
Paper - 100% cotton, tinted in pink color.

Security features (2003):

1. Embossed stamp – on the front of the banknote are printed the image of Aleko Konstantinov, the texts "BULGARIAN NATIONAL BANK" and "ONE THOUSAND LEVA", the number "100", the vignette on the right side on the hologram tape and the text "100 LEVA" on it.
2. Safety thread – embedded in the paper a dark metallized thread with light minitext "BNB 100", observed on both sides of the banknote when placed against a light source; the thread partially comes out of the reverse side of the banknote and has a hologram effect.
3. Watermark – a semi-ton image of the portrait from the banknote and the initials "BNB", observed on both sides of the banknote when placed against a light source.
4. Hologram bar – appearing depending on the angle of observation images of edelweiss or silhouette of Aleko Konstantinov in a profile, alternating with the number "100" and minitext "LEVA", which overflow in different colors when changing the angle of observation.
5. Register of sight – rectangular chess field located in the middle in the right half of the front of the banknote, in which the number "100" is observed when placed against a light source on both sides of the banknote.
6. Changing color ink (OVI®) – the edelweiss color located in the right half of the front of the banknote changes from purple to green when the viewing angle changes.
7. Hidden image – in the lower left corner in the shoulder from the portrait of Aleko Konstantinov, an image of the number "100" appears at an angle.
8. Microtext on the front side – horizontal lines with the text "ALEKO KONSTANTINOV", the years "1863 1897" and "ONE THOUSAND LEVA 100 LEVA" in the background to the left of the portrait, two vertical lines to the right of the portrait with the text "ALEKO KONSTANTINOV".
9. Microtext on the reverse side – aleko Konstantinov's jacket is completely filled with microtext.
10. Fluorescence on the front – when illuminated with ultraviolet lamp (365 nm) in the area to the right of the hologram strip, the strip of repeating numbers "100" and serial numbers glow in green color, and tourists and the right half of the edelweiss – in red color.
11. Fluorescence on the reverse side – at 365 nm two edelweiss on the right side of the banknote glow in green color, the tie and signature of Aleko Konstantinov, the face from the monument and the trajectory of the bullet glow in red color, the securing thread glows in red, blue and green color; when illuminated with an ultraviolet lamp (254 nm), the two edelweiss glow in orange.
12. Sign for blind citizens – embossed image of a triangle pointing downwards and a rectangle, the base of which is the shorter side, located under it, printed in the lower right corner of the front of the banknote.

   

P-120b; B-239a.
Printer: Oberthur Fiduciaire AD, Sofia (Bulgaria).
Date: 2018. Sign 2. Intro: 28.12.2018.
Material – paper, tinted in beige color, with varnish coating after printing.

Security features (2018):

1. Embossed stamp – on the front of the banknote are printed a portrait of Aleko Konstantinov, the texts "BULGARIAN NATIONAL BANK" and "ONE-THOUSAND LEVA", the title page of the road "To Chicago and back", the invitation to the establishment of the Bulgarian Tourist Union and the year of issue "2018".
2. Safety thread – built into the paper and partially emerging from the reverse with light repeating text "BNB 100" and with dynamic chess effect, changing color from emerald green to sapphire blue. The image of the repeating text "BNB 100" is read on the front when placing the banknote against a light source.
3. High resolution watermark – seen when placing the banknote against a light source. It consists of a semi-toon image in high resolution of the portrait of Aleko Konstantinov. The images are also seen on the reverse side of the banknote.
4. Hologram strip with optical effects – alternating when changing the angle of observation images of edelweiss and profile of Aleko Konstantinov; colorful hologram portrait of Aleko Konstantinov; detail of a monument to Aleko Konstantinov, changing its color from emerald green to sapphire blue when changing the angle of observation; dynamic chess effect with color change from emerald green to sapphire blue when changing the viewing angle and volumetric three-dimensional image of the number 100.
5. Register of sight – rectangular chess field located in the middle in the middle in the right half of the front of the banknote, in which the number "100" is observed when placed against a light source on both sides of the banknote.
6. Optical ink – the number 100 is printed with color-changing ink with dynamic chess effect, which when changing the angle of observation changes from emerald green to sapphire blue.
7. Hidden image – at the top end, to the left of the hologram bar, an image of the number "100" appears when looking at an angle.
8. Microtext on the front side – horizontal lines with the text "ALEKO KONSTANTINOV", the years "1863 1897" and "ONE THOUSAND LEVA 100 LEVA" in the background to the left of the portrait, two vertical lines to the right of the portrait with the text "ALEKO KONSTANTINOV".
9. Microtext on the reverse side – aleko Konstantinov's jacket is completely filled with microtext.
10. Fluorescence – when illuminated with ultraviolet light (365 nanometres) – ornament from the monument of Aleko Konstantinov, the clock and the title page of the book "Bai Ganyu" fluoresce in red.
11. Sign for blind citizens – embossed image of a triangle pointing downwards and a rectangle, the base of which is the shorter side, located under it, printed in the lower right corner of the front of the banknote.
12. An additional sign for blind citizens – it consists of five thick and six thin lines located at an angle on both short sides of the banknote.

Signatures:

1.       2.
Ivan Iskrov & Stefan Tzvetkov       Dimitar Radev & Stefan Tzvetkov

* Aleko Konstantinov (1863-1897) - was a Bulgarian writer, best known for his character Bay Ganyo, one of the most popular characters in Bulgarian fiction.

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Commemorative issue

  • 120 Years Leva Currency

   

20 Levs (US$11.88; €10.21) P-121; B-230 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.
Printer: Bulgarian National Bank Printing Works, Sofia (Bulgaria) - BNB.
Date: 2005. Prefix: AA.
Quantity: 250 000.
Signatures: Ivan Iskrov & Stefan Tzvetkov.

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.

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.