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 100 Bulgaria leva note front design features the portrait of Aleko Konstantinov (1863 – 1897), who was a Bulgarian writer best known for creating Bay Ganyo, one of the most prominent fictional characters in Bulgarian literature, on a background that represents the tourist movement in Bulgaria and the title page of his travel notes ‘’To Chicago and Back’’.
The reverse of the note presents the figure of Aleko Konstantinov and elements related to his life and works; an open book, letters, an antique clock. The lettering of the note is presented in the Bulgarian language. This note is part of the 2003 – 2018 series, and its color is green on a multicolor underprint.
Text: 100, 2003, СТО ЛЕВА, Горја ерикаго и налада, Алеko Константинов 1863 – 1897, БЪЛГАРСКА НАРОДНА БАНКА, покана на Беларус тили, УПРАВИТЕЛ, ГЛАВЕН КАСИЕР, За подправка Виновните се наказват съгласно закона, СТО ЛЕВА, БАЙ ГАНЮ НЕВЕРОЯТНИ РАЗКАЗИ Единъ съвремененъ въгахань, БЪЛГАРСКА НАРОДНА БАНКА, 100.