Bulgaria 1884 5 leva

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CNG Lissner sale, lot 56

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 56 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $6,655. The catalog description[1] noted, "BULGARIA, Principality. Aleksandar of Battenberg. 1879-1886. AR 5 Leva. Sankt-Peterburg (St. Petersburg) mint. Dated 1884. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 65. Superb original toning with iridescent hues of blue. Incredibly rare in this grade and by far the highest ever encapsulated. Purchased from M. Louis Teller, 1981." This type was struck for Bulgaria 1884-85 and is fairly common.

Recorded mintage: 512,473.

Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, this specimen Ø38 mm, 24.99 g, 6h axis.

Catalog reference: KM 7; Y 7, Dav-60.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.

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