• 1 Lev 2002, KM# 254, Bulgaria
  • 1 Lev 2002, KM# 254, Bulgaria
Description

Issue date: 02.09.2002
Engraver: Petar Stoykov

Obverse

Depicts an icon of Saint John of Rila surrounded by his name above and country name below both in Bulgarian.

Saint John of Rila (Bulgarian: Свети Йоан (Иван) Рилски, sveti Ioan Rilski) (876 – c. 946) was the first Bulgarian hermit. He was revered as a saint while he was still alive. The legend surrounding him tells of wild animals that freely came up to him and birds that landed in his hands. His followers founded many churches in his honor, including the famous Rila Monastery. One of these churches, "St Ivan Rilski" was only discovered in 2008 in the town of Veliko Tarnovo. Today, he is honored as the patron saint of the Bulgarians and as one of the most important saints in the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.

СВ. ИВАН РИЛСКИ
БЪЛГАРИЯ

Reverse

Depicts a value, date and a graphical pattern of two crossing lines.

1
ΛЕВ 2002

Edge

Alternating smooth and reeded segments (8 each)

1 Lev

KM# 254 Schön# 256
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Characteristics
Material Bi-Metallic
Ring Brass
Center Copper Nickel
Weight 7 g
Diameter 24.5 mm
Thickness 1.9 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Bulgarian Mint

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