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 5000 Bulgarian leva note front design features the portrait of Zahariy Stoyanov (1850 – 1889), who was a Bulgarian revolutionary, writer, and historian. A writing fragment follows the portrait by the author, a writing feather and a lion.

The reverse of the note illustrates a fragment of the monument in Plovdiv, dedicated to Eastern Roumelia’s union to Bulgaria, followed by a lion stamp. The lettering of the note is presented in the Bulgarian language. This note is part of the 1996 series, and its color is violet on a multicolor underprint.