Bulgaria 1891-KB lev

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Sincona sale 33, lot 2055
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 2055 in Sincona sale 33 (Zurich, October 2016), where it sold for 140 CHF (about US$166 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Ferdinand I. 1887-1918 1 Lew 1891. Selten in dieser Erhaltung. Fast FDC. (principality of Bulgaria, Ferdinand I, 1887-1918, one lev of 1891. Rare in this condition, About uncirculated.)"
It was struck in Hungary along with a half, two and five leva.

Recorded mintage: 4,000,000.

Specification: 5 g, .835 fine silver, this specimen 5.98 g (sic--perhaps 4.98?).

Catalog reference: KM 13.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Jürg Richter, Numismatic Coins & Medals, Auction 33, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2016.

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