Bulgaria: Coin Type Fifty Stotinki (Third Lev, Regular) - detailed information

Bulgaria: Coin Type Fifty Stotinki (Third Lev, Regular) (issued 1962 - 1990)
Coin TypeFifty Stotinki (Third Lev, Regular)

Krause catalogues incorrectly list the composition of these coins as Nickel Brass.

Obverse

At centre inside a ring the Coat of Arms of the People's Republic of Bulgaria (in 1962 only, the first version: one ribbon under gear wheel at lion's feet, featuring the date of the Communist uprising, 9 IX 1944; 1974 and later: two ribbons, one with date 681 - foundation of Bulgaria, the other one 1944 - year of the communist revolution); along the top edge: НАРОДНА РЕПУБЛИКА (Народна Република - Narodna Republika, People's Republic), along the bottom edge: БЪЛГАРИЯ (България - Bulgaria).

In 1974, the font of the lettering was changed to a more "modern" style but the legend remained the same.

In 1981 only, the legend was changed to ХИЛЯДА И ТРИСТА ГОДИНИ БЪЛГАРИЯ (Хиляда и триста години България - Hilyada i trista godini Bulgaria, meaning One thousand and three hundred years [since the foundation of] Bulgaria).

Obverse InscriptionНАРОДНА РЕПУБЛИКА БЪЛГАРИЯ
Reverse

Denomination 50 СТОТИНКИ (50 Стотинки - 50 Stotinki) above the date, flanked by stems of wheat. In 1974 the design was slightly restyled.

Reverse Inscription50 СТОТИНКИ [year]
EdgeMilled
Edge InscriptionNone
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Fifty Stotinki (Third Lev, Regular): Details
CountryBulgaria
CurrencyLev
Sub-type ofFifty Stotinki (Third Lev)
From1962
To1990
Face Value50 (x Stotinka)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1990)
MaterialCuproNickel
Designer(unknown)
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)23
Thickness (mm)1.4000
Mass (g)4