Today I thought I would share another pick-up I found in my coin dealers bargain world currency bin. Below are 2 photos of a Bulgarian 3 Leva note. The word leva translates to "Lion". This note was printed in Moscow and was in use from May 1952 till march 1962. This was during the period Bulgaria was under communist, USSR, rule. That period ended in 1962. Briefly, Bulgaria is a Baltic nation that lies above Romania. Most of the Baltic countries seem to spend a great deal of their history in war or preparing for war. The capitol is Sofia. This note measures 120 x 60 mm. The front shows the Coat of Arms of Bulgaria. The back shows hands holding a hammer and sickle. It also has a watermark that are the capital letters, in cyrillics, of the Bulgarian National Bank, "BNB". This particular note is in BU condition.. A unique piece of history I lived through. I look forward to your comments. Thanks for looking!
This was a early gift from my husband in celebration of my birthday for 2018 Year Of The Dog. It's also the first Silver Note issued by Mongolia and the first with a lunar dog, featuring the Mongol Bankhar. Now you might ask yourself that's nice, but why Mongolia? Well a few years ago I sent in a DNA test through Ancestry.com and to my really "white girl" surprise I found out that I have alot of Mongolian in me! How cool is that I thought!!! How exciting...perhaps a long distant relative of Genghis Khan??? ; ) Okay, so now back to this wonderful note. The reverse shows a colorful version of the Mongol Bankhar with a graphic background along with the face value. The obverse shows the Mongolian coat of arms along with the face value, Silver content (5 grams) and the mintage of 5,000 pieces. This note is so beautiful, it just shimmers with the silver running through it! I have been researching this great dog as well. He is a must for the Mongolian Nomad people as he protects, herds, and is such an important part of their family and lifestyle. If you'd like to learn more about these dogs I found a great web-site www.bankhar.org. Thank you for reading my blog. I hope you enjoyed it!