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Copper commemorative coin '200 years from the birth of Zaharii Zograph' presented by BNB
25/10/2010

Copper commemorative coin '200 years from the birth of Zaharii Zograph' presented by BNB


The obverse of the coin features the logo of the BNB with the year 1879 on the ribbon. Around is the inscription 'Bulgarian National Bank', the year of issue 2010, and the face value of 2 Leva.

The reverse of the coin shows the self portrait of the famous Bulgarian Renaissance painter Zahari Zograph, which is currently kept at the National Art Gallery and the inscription '200 years from the birth of Zaharii Zograph'.

The designers of the coin are Mr. Simeon Krastev and Mr. Ivan Cholakov.

Zahariy Hristovich Dimitrov (1810–1853), better known as Zahari Zograf is arguably the most famous Bulgarian painter of the Bulgarian National Revival, noted for his church mural paintings and icons and often regarded as the founder of secular art in Bulgaria due to the introduction of everyday life elements in his work.

His best known icons are those of the SS Constantine and Helen Church in Plovdiv, the Church of the Theotokos in Koprivshtitsa, as well as a number of monasteries. Zahari Zograf's best known frescoes are those in the main church of the Rila Monastery, in the chapel and the St Nicholas church of the Bachkovo Monastery, the Troyan Monastery and the Monastery of the Transfiguration. He painted three mural portraits of himself in the latter three, a move that was regarded as controversial during the time.

Zahari Zograf lived and worked on Mount Athos between 1851 and 1852, where he decorated the outer narthex of the Great Lavra. He also did several church donor portraits in his later years, also leaving a large number of unrealized sketches after his death from typhus on 14 June 1853.




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2010 - 200 Years from the birth of Zaharii Zograph Bulgarian Coin Reverse2010 - 200 Years from the birth of Zaharii Zograph Bulgarian Coin Obverse
DETAILED INFORMATION
Year of issue:2010 
Series:Historic Aniversaries 
Metal:Copper 999  
Coin Weight:16.4 grams (0.53 ounces) 
Official Mintage:6,000  
Denomination:2 Leva 
Diameter:34.2 mm 
Edge:Flat 
Designer:Simeon Krastev and Ivan Cholakov 
Obverse:Bulgarian National Bank logo 
Reverse:The reverse of the coin depicts an self-portrait of Zaharii Zograph kept at the Bulgarian National Art Gallery and the inscrpition "200 years from the birth of Zaharii Zograph" 
Relative rarity:
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Available at the
National Bank:
Available
Price at the Bank:19.8 Leva - (10.12 Euro)  
Presented coins: 449
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