Bulgaria 1988 50 stotinki
This specimen was lot 22225 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $288. The catalog description noted, "BULGARIA. 50 Stotinki, 1988. PCGS Mint Error MS-65 Secure Holder. The planchet shows three clips plus a primary strike that is slightly off center. Mint errors of this magnitude are usually scratched and nicked by the ejection mechanism, but this one is not." All coinage post-WWII was for the People's Republic, up to the collapse of the Communist regime in 1989. This type was struck for Bulgaria 1974, 1979-80, 1988-90 and is common.
Recorded mintage: unknown but common.
Specification: 4 g, nickel brass, 23 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 89.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2018 Philadelphia ANA Auction: World Coins and Selections from the El Dorado Collection of Colombian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.