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Coin: Two Leva 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 10 examples are thought to have survived.

Collectors should beware of forgeries.

CountryBulgaria CurrencyLev (First Lev (1881 - 1952))
Face value2 (x Lev) TypeTwo Leva (Silver)
Year1916 CurrentNo (demonetised 1952)
Mintage2,286,008 (2.3 million) RarityR5 (9 to 14 examples known)
NameMint markMintage
Vienna Mint No mint mark unknown
Kremnitz Mint, Austria-Hungary No mint mark unknown
Material0.835 Silver DesignerRudolf Marschall
MonarchЦар Фердинанд I (Tsar Ferdinand I) EffigyPortrait by Rudolf Marschall
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)27 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)10

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 2 ЛЕВА 1916 (2 LEVA 1916) within wreath.

Reverse inscription2 ЛЕВА 1916
EdgeInscribed Edge inscriptionБОЖЕ ПАЗИ БЪЛГАРИЯ
Two Leva 1916: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsBulgaria KM# 32
Two Leva 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 (11) coins of type: Bulgaria / Two Leva (First Lev)
Two Leva 1882 Two Leva 1891 Two Leva 1894 Two Leva 1910 Two Leva 1912 Two Leva 1913
Two Leva 1916 Two Leva 1923 Two Leva 1925 Two Leva 1941 Two Leva 1943