Twenty Stotinki (First Lev), Coin Type from Bulgaria - detailed information

Twenty Stotinki (First Lev), Coin Type from Bulgaria (issued 1888 - 1917)
Coin TypeTwenty Stotinki (First Lev)

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.

Obverse

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

Obverse Inscription БЪЛГАРИЯ СЪЕДИНЕНИЕТО ПРАВИ СИЛАТА
Reverse

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

Reverse Inscription 20 СТОТИНКИ [year]
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

References to information:

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

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Twenty Stotinki (First Lev): Details
CountryBulgaria
CurrencyLev
Sub-types Twenty Stotinki (CuproNickel)
Twenty Stotinki (Zinc)
From1888
To1917
Face Value20 (x Stotinka)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1952)
Material
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size
Mass
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Twenty Stotinki (First Lev): Photos
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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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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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