The lev is the official currency of Bulgaria. The official currency symbol: лв. The term “lev” meant “lion” in old Bulgarian; the contemporary word for “lion” is luv. The name “stotinka” is derived from the word “sto”, which means “a hundred.” Four lev have been introduced in Bulgaria, the first was adopted in 1881, and the last, in current use, was adopted in 1999. During the adoption of the latter lev, and after a redenomination process, banknotes were introduced in the denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 leva, followed by the 100 leva notes in 2003. The 1 and 2 lev notes were eventually phased out of circulation and replaced with coins of comparable value.

The 1000 Bulgarian leva note front design features the portrait of Vasil Levski (1837 – 1873), was a Bulgarian revolutionary and national hero who founded the Internal Revolutionary Organization. The portrait is followed by the lithography ”Liberated Bulgaria” by Georgi Danchov (a woman holding a flag and a sword, accompanied by a lion.

The reverse of the note illustrates the monument of Vasil Levski in Sofia, a cross and a gun crossed over a bible and a writing fragment. The lettering of the note is presented in the Bulgarian language. This note is part of the 1996 series, and its color is dark green and olive-brown on a multicolor underprint.