500 Leva

500 Leva - obverse500 Leva - reverse

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Issuer Bulgaria
King Boris III (1918-1943)
Type Standard banknote
Year 1942
Value 500 Leva (500 BGO)
Currency First lev (1881-1952)
Composition Paper
Size 173 × 90 mm
Shape Rectangular
Demonetized 16 March 1947
Number N# 203565
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References P# 60
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. Modern issues 1961-present (25th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, United States.
And 2 more volumes.


A portrait of Tsar Boris III in a military uniform on the left

Script: Cyrillic

Петстотинъ Лева
Българската Народна Банка
Плаща Предявителю
София 1942 год.

Five Hundred Leva
The Bulgarian National Bank
Pays the Bearer
Sofia 1942 y.

Designer: Vasil Zahariev


A picture of a bulgarian woman on the right

Script: Cyrillic

Петстотинъ Лева
Banque Nationale de Bulgarie
За подправка виновнитѣ се наказватъ съгласно чл. 183 и 191 отѣ наказателния законъ

Five Hundred Leva
Banque Nationale de Bulgarie
For forgery the guilty are punished according Art. 183 and 191 of the criminal law

Designer: Vasil Zahariev


“БНБ” (BNB) visible in the wider white margin light blue and light violet ribbons with small inscriptions “Българска народна банка” (Bulgarian National Bank) incorporated in the paper


Giesecke+Devrient (Giesecke & Devrient), Leipzig, Germany (1852-date)

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Date No. printed VG F VF XF AU UNC
1942  18 000 000 $ 1.60

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Picture 1 of a sold 500 LevaPicture 1 of a sold 500 Leva
Auction 62
Lot 2702
Internet Archive
Jun 21, 2022 VF USD 34.84
(EUR 33.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 500 LevaPicture 1 of a sold 500 Leva
Auction 62
Lot 2703
Internet Archive
Jun 21, 2022 VF USD 20.06
(EUR 19.00)
(+ buyer's premium)

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