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Coin type: Twenty Stotinki (First Lev)
Description

There were only five issues of this denomination in the Principality/Kingdom of Bulgaria. The first issue was in 1888, the next followed 18 years later with a changed design - the main elements of the coin were the same but their rendition was different, redesigned by by Nikolaj Formás.

The transition from a principality under nominal Ottoman suzerainty to an independent kingdom (on 22 September 1906) was not reflected on coinage of small denominations - legends remained the same. Only on larger denominations the wording was changed from Principality of Bulgaria to Kingdom of Bulgaria, or (where an effigy of the monarch was depicted), his legend changed from Prince to Tsar (king).

The last issue was in 1917, with the same design as the earlier ones but in zinc. These coins have a distinctive bluish colour.

CountryBulgaria CurrencyLev
Sub-type of Sub-types Twenty Stotinki (CuproNickel)
Twenty Stotinki (Zinc)
Face value20 (x Stotinka)
Years produced1888 - 1917 CurrentNo (demonetised 1952)
Material Designer
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm) Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)
Obverse

Crowned small version of the Coat of Arms within circle. Around, БЪЛГАРИЯ СЪЕДИНЕНИЕТО ПРАВИ СИЛАТА (Bulgaria. Unity Creates Strength.)

Obverse inscriptionБЪЛГАРИЯ СЪЕДИНЕНИЕТО ПРАВИ СИЛАТА
Reverse

Denomination and date 20 СТОТИНКИ (20 STOTINKI) within wreath.

Reverse inscription20 СТОТИНКИ [year]
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone
Notes

References to information:

[Catalogue] Bulgarian National Bank: Catalogue of Bulgarian Coins, Authors Lyuben Ivanov and Ines Lazarova, 2004.

Twenty Stotinki (First Lev): Photos

Bulgaria 1888 20 stotinki
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Notes: First design (1888).
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Bulgaria 20 Stotinki 1906
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Notes: Second design, CuproNickel (1906 - 1913).
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Bulgaria 20 Stotinki 1917
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Notes: Second design, Zinc (1917).
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Bulgaria 1888 20 stotinki
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Notes: First design (1888).
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Bulgaria 20 Stotinki 1906
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Notes: Second design, CuproNickel (1906 - 1913).
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Bulgaria 20 Stotinki 1917
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Notes: Second design, Zinc (1917).
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List of 5 coins of type: Twenty Stotinki (First Lev) from Bulgaria
NameMintageReignEffigyLegend
Twenty Stotinki 1888 5,000,000 Княз Фердинанд I (Prince Ferdinand I) БЪЛГАРИЯ СЪЕДИНЕНИЕТО ПРАВИ СИЛАТА
Twenty Stotinki 1906 10,000,000 Княз Фердинанд I (Prince Ferdinand I) БЪЛГАРИЯ СЪЕДИНЕНИЕТО ПРАВИ СИЛАТА
Twenty Stotinki 1912 10,000,000 Цар Фердинанд I (Tsar Ferdinand I) БЪЛГАРИЯ СЪЕДИНЕНИЕТО ПРАВИ СИЛАТА
Twenty Stotinki 1913 5,000,000 Цар Фердинанд I (Tsar Ferdinand I) БЪЛГАРИЯ СЪЕДИНЕНИЕТО ПРАВИ СИЛАТА
Twenty Stotinki 1917 40,000,000 Цар Фердинанд I (Tsar Ferdinand I) БЪЛГАРИЯ СЪЕДИНЕНИЕТО ПРАВИ СИЛАТА