The obverse of the coin features the logo of the Bulgarian National Bank in the inner circle, with the year “1879” written on the ribbon and the nominal value of the coin.
The reverse of the coin features the image of the bronze head of the Thracian king Sevt III found in 2004 near Kazanlak. In circumference in the outer circle there is the text ‘BULGARIA’S TREASURES’ and below it – ‘SEVT III’.
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SEVT III PICTURES
A series of spectacular discoveries at three sites in central and eastern Bulgaria has highlighted the exotic lifestyle of the ancient Thracians as never before.
Georgi Kitov, a veteran Thrakologist who has excavated more than 30 tombs built for the ancient warrior elite, says that the Thracians were known for drinking undiluted strong red wine and were famous for their martial skills. They were the most successful gladiators in ancient Rome.
As a result of the latest finds, the Thracians, who excelled at constructing elaborate tombs and rock-cut shrines, have seized the popular imagination.
Under communism research into the culture of the Thracians, a warrior caste who amassed wealth in the form of gold and silver artefacts, took second place to Slav history, reflecting Bulgaria's close political ties with the Soviet Union.
Dr Kitov, wearing a battered solar topee and a T-shirt picturing his latest find - a bronze head, thought to be of King Sevt III - clearly enjoys making Thracian culture more accessible.
The archaeological team's head Kitov, called also Bulgaria's "Indiana Jones" led the excavations that revealed a 13-metre long passage and two halls walled up with stones behind the facade.
The head is believed to portray King Sevt III, whose vault was found by Bulgarian archaeologists in 2004.
Back then, the oldest and largest Thracian tomb disclosed so far on Bulgarian land emerged from beneath the Golyamata Kosmatka mound.
The tomb has amazed archaeologists with its first-of-the-kind doors made of marble and decorated with human figures, iron nail imitations and blue-and-red sculptural ornaments.
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