Bulgaria 1882 lev
Bulgaria fought a protracted war against the Ottomans, culminating in liberation from Turkish 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 30323 in Stack's Bowers ANA auction (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $1,233.75. The catalog description noted, "BULGARIA. Lev, 1882. PCGS MS-64 Secure Holder. From the Demarete Collection." This one-year type was struck for Bulgaria and is common.
Recorded mintage: 4,500,015.
Specification: 5 g, .835 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM 6.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Ponterio, Richard, The August 2014 Chicago ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the David O'Harrow Collection, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.