By Bulgarian National Bank….
The Bulgarian National Bank will put a new 2-lev coin into circulation starting December 7, 2015
On October 22, 2015, the Governing Council of the Bulgarian National Bank (BNB) made a decision to release into circulation as legal tender a new circulation coin with a face value of 2 levs (BGN 2).
The obverse of the coin features, in the centre of the inner circle, the nominal value indicated by the figure ‘2’ furrowed by lines. On the periphery is a graphical pattern of crossing lines, both on the inner circle and the outer ring. The lower side of the coin features the inscription ‘ЛЕВA’ (levs) with the letters starting from the outer ring and crossing into the inner circle. The year of issue ‘2015’ is on the outer ring to the right of the word ‘ЛЕВA’.
The reverse of the coin features the stylized image of national hero St. Paisius of Hilendar on the inner circle and the years ‘1722 – 1773’, and on the outer ring the inscriptions ‘ПАИСИЙ ХИЛЕНДАРСКИ’ (Paisius of Hilendar) and ‘БЪЛГАРИЯ’ (Bulgaria).
Technical specifications of the coin:
- Year of Issue – 2015
- Nominal (Face) Value – BGN 2
- Metal – A bi-component coin: inner circle of yellowish CuNiZn (“Nickel Silver”) alloy; outer ring of white CuNi (cupronickel) alloy
- Quality – Brilliant Uncirculated (BU)
- Weight – 9 g
- Diameter – 26.5 mm
- Edge – alternating serrated and smooth sectors
Artistic design by Vanya Dimitrova.
BNB underlines that the banknotes of BGN 2 denomination issues 1999 and 2005 will remain legal tender circulating in parallel with the new 2-lev (BGN 2) circulation coin.
In compliance with the requirements of Ordinance No. 18 on the Control over Quality of Banknotes and Coins in Cash Circulation, persons professionally engaged in the course of their business in activities of coin processing by sorting machines and customer-operated machines may contact the Bulgarian National Bank for more information and assistance at:
1, Knyaz Alexander І Sq.
The coin will be officially presented on 26 November 2015, and the presentation will mark the start of a public awareness campaign.
At the time of publication, one Bulgarian lev (BGN) trades for approximately $0.55 (USD).