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 50 Bulgaria leva note front design features the portrait of Pencho Petkov Slaveykov (1866 – 1912), who was a well-known Bulgarian poet and a member of the Misal group. In the background are presented fragments of the buildings of the National Theatre ‘Ivan Vazov’ and the National Library ‘’St.St. Cyril and Methodius’’, both located in Sofia (Capital city).
The reverse of the note presents texts from Pencho Slaveykov’s works, a bird sketch from one of his books of poetry, and the figure of the poetess Mara Belcheva (1868 – 1937), who was a Bulgarian poet. The lettering of the note is presented in the Bulgarian language. This note is part of the 1999 – 2020 series, and its color is brown and yellow on a multicolor underprint.
Text: 50, ПЕТДЕСЕТ ЛЕВА, 2006, Пенчо Славейков 1866-1912, БЪЛГАРСКА НАРОДНА БАНКА, УПРАВител, ГЛАВЕН КАСИЕР, За подправка виновните се наказват съгласно закона, БЪЛГАРСКА НАРОДНА БАНКА, ПЕТДЕСЕТ ЛЕВА, 50, Един нароъ расте самъ съ идеалите, съ задачите що зема на своите плеши – и тяхъ се той възйома dach wywa * – по подвизи, преди зарадъ каквито самъ С уу гүфт – не се е смяталъ за кадърени. Ето вам примеръ съ векове народа ни търаина) живя въ душевенъ мрак, Аражда се и гина со скоторете скоть. Кое го възрали, y y кое заспала мошь въ юначните сърди vre събуди? Въ подвизи кое го днеска води? Ричагътъ всемогъшъ за мъртвите народи, А ви светия идеалъ! ПЕТДЕСЕТ ЛЕВА.