Grosso, Coin Type from Bulgaria, Second Kingdom of - detailed information

Grosso, Coin Type from Bulgaria, Second Kingdom of (issued 1185 - 1395)
Coin TypeGrosso

The Medieval Bulgarian grosso was a small circulating silver coin struck in the Second Bulgarian Kingdom in the 14th century. In modern Bulgarian language it is spelled грош (grosh or grosch), plural грошове (groshove). The name was originally introduced in 13th-century France as [denarius] grossus, literally "a thick penny", whence Old French gros, Italian grosso, Middle High German gros(se), Low German and Dutch grōte and English groat. In the 14th century, it appeared as Old Czech groš, whence Modern German Groschen.

No contemporary Bulgarian documents have survived, so it not actually sure if the coins were thus called at the time. In style, there were imitative of the contemporary Venetian or other Western European coinage. They circulated until the end of the 14th century, at which time the country was conquered by the Ottomans and independent coinage ceased.

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Coin Type: Grosso - (2) Coins
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Grosso: Details
CountryBulgaria, Second Kingdom of
CurrencyBulgarian Grosso
From1185
To1395
Face Value1 (x Unsorted)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1395)
MaterialSilver
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TechnologyHammered
ShapeRound
OrientationCoin Alignment (Axis 6)
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