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Coin: One Lev 1916

The edge of the coin carries the inscription "БОЖЕ ПАЗИ БЪЛГАРИЯ" - God Save Bulgaria.

The 1916 issue of Bulgarian coins was never released into circulation. It was all supposed to have been remelted; however, an unknown (but very small) number of coins have made it into the market.

According to the Bulgarian National Bank, around 50 examples are thought to have survived.

Collectors should beware of forgeries.

CountryBulgaria CurrencyLev (First Lev (1881 - 1952))
Face value1 (x Lev) TypeOne Lev (Silver)
Year1916 CurrentNo (demonetised 1952)
Mintage4,568,696 (4.6 million) RarityR3 (Extremely Rare)
NameMint markMintage
Kremnitz Mint, Austria-Hungary No mint mark unknown
Vienna Mint No mint mark unknown
Material0.835 Silver DesignerNikolaj Formás
MonarchЦар Фердинанд I (Tsar Ferdinand I) EffigyPortrait by Rudolf Marschall
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)23 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)5

Effigy of King Ferdinand I of Bulgaria facing left (by Rudolf Marschall). Below, in small letters, the artist's name: R. Marschall. Around, ФЕРДИНАНДЪ I ЦАРЬ НА БЪЛГАРИТѢ (Ferdinand I, King of the Bulgarians).


Denomination and date 1 ЛЕВЪ 1916 (1 LEV 1916) within wreath.

Reverse inscription1 ЛЕВЪ 1916
EdgeInscribed Edge inscriptionБОЖЕ ПАЗИ БЪЛГАРИЯ
One Lev 1916: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsBulgaria KM# 31
One Lev 1916: References to Information Used
Bulgarian National Bank, Catalogue of Bulgarian Coins 2004 Mint
Bulgarian National Bank, Catalogue of Bulgarian Coins 2004 Mintage
Bulgarian National Bank, Catalogue of Bulgarian Coins 2014 Design
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List of all (10) coins of type: Bulgaria / One Lev (First Lev)
One Lev 1882 One Lev 1891 One Lev 1894 One Lev 1910 One Lev 1912 One Lev 1913
One Lev 1916 One Lev 1923 One Lev 1925 One Lev 1941