Bulgaria 1882 2 leva
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 30177 in Heritage sale 3035 (Long Beach, September 2014), where it sold for $1,527.50. The catalog description noted, "Alexander I as Prince 2 Leva 1882 MS64 PCGS. A stunning, high-grade example of this popular one-year type. Awash in brilliant colors, this coin has incredibly sharp devices and undeniable eye-appeal making it completely worthy of its premium grade." This one-year type was struck for Bulgaria and is fairly common.
Recorded mintage: 2,000,000.
Specification: 10 g, .835 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM 5.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, and Warren Tucker, Heritage Signature Auction 3035, World and Ancient Coins, featuring the FoxLair Collection and the Law Collection, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.