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1000 Leva

1000 Leva -  obverse1000 Leva -  reverse

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Features

Country Bulgaria
Period Republic (1990-date)
Type Standard banknote
Years 1994-1997
Value 1000 Leva (1000 BGL)
Currency Third lev (1962-1999)
Composition Paper
Size 149 × 74 mm
Shape Rectangular
Demonetized 12-31-1999
References P# 105
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. Modern issues 1961-present (25th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248986.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. General issues, 1368-1960 (16th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247071.
  • George S. Cuhaj (editor); 2013. Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. Specialized Issues (12th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440238833.

Obverse

On the left we see the portrait of Vasil Levski (1837-1873) who is considered to be a national hero of Bulgaria. Vasil Levski ideologised and strategised a revolutionary movement to liberate Bulgaria from Ottoman rule. We see one of his legendary quotes written besides his portrait in Bulgarian: "If I shall win, I shall win for the entire people. If I shall lose, I shall lose only myself" signed Vasil Levski.

To the right we see a litography named "Liberated Bulgaria" from the Bulgarian artist Georgi Danchov.

Lettering:
1000
ХИЛЯДА ЛЕВА

ВЪЛГАРСКА НАРОДНА БАНКА
1000

Translation:
1000
One Thousand Leva

Bulgarian National Bank
1000

Designer: Kiril Gogov

Reverse

On the back we see the the monument of Vasil Levski which can be found in the center of Sofia.

To the right we see an image of a gun, a knife and a Christian cross on top of a book. These were part of the initiation ritual of the Internal Revolutionary Organisation (IRO) which was established by Vasil Levski. Individuals obtained IRO membership in secrecy: the initiation ritual involved a formal oath of allegiance over the Gospel or a Christian cross, a gun and a knife.

The lettering we see is a written oath of Vasil Levski after the general meeting in Bucharest on 16 June 1872, which authorizes him to do his work in the entire country.

Lettering:
ВЪЛГАРСКА НАРОДНА БАНКА

ХИЛЯДА ЛЕВА

1000

ЗА ПОДПРАВКА
ВИНОВНИТЕ СЕ НАКАЗВАТ
СЪГЛАСНО ЗАКОНА

Translation:
Bulgarian National Bank

One Thousand Leva

1000

Designer: Kiril Gogov

Watermark

Effigy of Vasil Levski.

1000 Leva -  obverse

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Comments

A link to the wikipedia of Vasil Levski, because the entire banknote is about the national hero of Bulgaria:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasil_Levski

A link to the picture of the written oath that we saw on the obverse:

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vasil_Levski%27s_Affidavit.jpg

A link to google maps where we can see the monument to Vasil Levski in the center of Sofia:

https://www.google.com/maps/@42.6966688,23.3352657,3a,90y,357.1h,123.45t/data=!3m8!1e1!3m6!1sAF1QipNiZk_hy3SjGA85lBr0lxDrRqnkcb145SxTX1_7!2e10!3e11!6shttps:%2F%2Flh5.googleusercontent.com%2Fp%2FAF1QipNiZk_hy3SjGA85lBr0lxDrRqnkcb145SxTX1_7%3Dw203-h100-k-no-pi-0-ya42.040268-ro-0-fo100!7i6080!8i3040?hl=nl

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1994  65% P#105a, printer Giesecke & Devrient. Signatures: Todor Vulchev & Lyuben Ivanov.
1994  0% P#105s specimen
1997  50% P#105b, printer Giesecke & Devrient. Signatures: Svetoslav Gavriiski & Lyuben Ivanov.

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