Bulgaria National Bank issues new commemorative coin

On February 20 2008, Bulgarian National Bank (BNB) showcased a new silver coin, issued in commemoration of the 130th anniversary of the liberation of Bulgaria, the BNB said in a news release.

The coin, with a nominal value of 10 leva and mintage of 10,000 pieces, will be put in circulation on February 21. The coin will be sold for 44 leva at the cash desk of the BNB, the central bank said.

It was presented at an official ceremony with BNB governor Ivan Iskrov and Minister of Culture Stefan Danailov, who also chairs a national committee in charge of national holiday festivities, in attendance.

The reverse of the coin features a Russian soldier and a Bulgarian volunteer from the Shipka Monument to pay tribute to the dead in the Russian-Turkish War of 1877-78, after which Bulgaria won autonomy from the Ottoman Empire.

Elena Todorova and Ivan Todorov were authors of the design and Georgi Markov acted as the consultant of the project, BNB said.

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