Bulgaria 1881-H 10 stotinki
Bulgaria fought a protracted war against the Ottomans, culminating in liberation from the latter's rule in 1878. The new Bulgarian state was quite weak, however, and new conflicts drew it into the Balkan Wars of 1912-1913, along with Serbia and Greece, once again against the Ottomans in Turkey. This specimen was lot 3688 in Goldberg sale 104 (Los Angeles, June 2018), where it sold for $1,740. The catalog description noted, "Bulgaria. 10 Stotinki, 1881-H. Heaton mint. Alexander I as Prince. NGC graded MS-65 Red & Brown." This type was probably intended to match the French 10 centimes in weight, composition and size. The next issue of this denomination was in 1888 (KM 10), when it was issued in copper-nickel.
Recorded mintage: 15,000,000 + proofs.
Specification: 9.72 g, 30.2 mm diameter, bronze.
Catalog reference: KM-3.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 104: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2018.