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140 Years of Bulgarian Exarchate coin issued by BNB
22/02/2010

140 Years of Bulgarian Exarchate coin issued by BNB


The coin, which is made of silver with partial gold-plating, has a nominal value of BGN 10, and availability will be limited to 6 000 pieces. It will go on sale at BGN 60.

Stefan Tsvetkov, the Secretary of the Bank explained in a presentation on Friday that this was the first coin issued to commemorate the Bulgarian Exarchate.

The Bulgarian Exarchate was the official name of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church from its institution in 1870, as a unilateral act of independence from the Greek Partriarchate of Constantinople, until the Bulgarian Patriarchate was reinstated in 1953.

The borders of the Exarchate extended across present-day Bulgaria, and over territories of Macedonia, representing all Bulgarian districts in the Ottoman Empire. The later outcome of the Balkan Wars of 1912/1913 caused a considerable reduction of the territory of the Exarchate.

The establishment of the Exarchate was regarded as one of the two principal factors in the fight for Bulgarian independence from the Ottoman Empire, the other being the armed conflict that eventually led to the proclamation of a new Bulgarian state in 1878.

The obverse side of the coin features the BNB symbol and the value. The reverse shows a composition based on a lithograph by artist Nikolai Pavlovich. The coin was designed by Vanya Dimitrova.

BNB has also announced further commemorative issues. In April, there will be a coin depicting the Belogradchik Rocks. The bank will issue the coin because of the 2009 campaign for inclusion of the site in the "New Wonders of the World".

In September, 125 years of Unification will be celebrated with a new coin. The following month, the bicentenary of the birth of Zahary Zograf will be commemorated.

At the end of 2010, a gold coin with the image of St Naum will be put into circulation, according to Stefan Tsvetkov.


RELATED COIN DETAILS
One of the most beautiful Bulgarian coins in recent years. Compared with other Bulgarian gold plated coins this is the first one to sport a .925 silver content, while the rest have traditionally had a .999 silver content. This is the very first time when the number 10 showing the nominal value of the coin nicely crosses into the gilded ring of the coin. Similar old Bulgarian style font has been used only once before in a Bulgarian coin, namely the 2004 "St. Nicolas - the Wonderworker". The details of the coin are remarkable. We think that this coin will make a great addition to any collection.
2010 - 140 Years Bulgarian Exarchate Bulgarian Coin Reverse2010 - 140 Years Bulgarian Exarchate Bulgarian Coin Obverse
DETAILED INFORMATION
Year of issue:2010 
Series:Historic Aniversaries 
Metal:Silver 925 /1000 Gold Plated
Coin Weight:20 grams (0.64 ounces) 
Silver content: 18.5 grams (0.59 ounces)
Official Mintage:6,000  
Denomination:10 Leva 
Diameter:40 mm 
Edge:Flat 
Designer:Vania Dimitrova 
Obverse:On the obverse of the coin is the logo of the Bulgarian National Bank, with the year 1879 inscribed on the ribbon. Under the logo is a flower arrangement, and under it the nominal value of the coin "10", the lower part of which goes into the gold plated ring. Around the coin is the inscription "Bulgarian National Bank", "Leva" and the year of issue „2010“.  
Reverse:On the reverse of the coin is a plastic composition modeled after the lithography of Nikolai Pavlovich "Monument of the Church question". Around it is a gold plated ring with the text "140 years" and "Bulgarian Exarchate", separated by two small crosses. 
Relative rarity:
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Available at the
National Bank:
Available
Price at the Bank:97.2 Leva - (49.7 Euro)  
Presented coins: 449
LATEST RELEASE
(Released on: 15.09.2017)
2017 RILA MONASTERY
.925 Silver 23.33 gm.
Official Mintage: 3,000
UPCOMING COIN
(November 2017)
150 YEARS SINCE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE KOLYO FICHETO BRIDGE NEAR BYALA
2017 150 YEARS SINCE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE KOLYO FICHETO BRIDGE NEAR BYALA
.925 Silver 23.33 gm.
Expected mintage: 0
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