Bulgaria 1888 2-1/2 stotinki
This specimen was lot 33653 in Heritage sale 3038 (Dallas, January 2015), where it sold for $4,230. The catalog description noted, "Ferdinand I Proof 2-1/2 Stotinki 1888 PR65 NGC. An important Proof for the Bulgarian series, well-preserved with full reflectivity. Rare." 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 one-year type was struck for Bulgaria and is common.
Recorded mintage: 11,646,666 plus proofs.
Specification: 1.90 g, copper-nickel, 15.4 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 8.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage Signature Auction 3037, featuring the Empire, the Santa Catarina, the Law and the Santa Maria Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.