Bulgaria 1912 20 leva

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Heritage sale 3010, lot 20419
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 20419 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $747.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Ferdinand I gold 20 Leva 1912, Proof 68 NGC National Bank Hoard, fabulous cameo details with fully mirrored surfaces." This one year was issued to honor Bulgaria's independence from Turkey in 1908. It was accompanied by a gold one hundred leva.

Recorded mintage: 75,000 including proofs, plus 2,950 restrikes from the 1960's.

Specification: 6.45 g, .900 fine gold, .1867 troy oz AGW, 21 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Fr-6, KM 33.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 9th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2017.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.

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