Paisius, Ivan of Rila and the Madar horseman will be on the Bulgarian euro coins. On Thursday, at a meeting of the Coordination Council for the preparation of the Republic of Bulgaria for membership in the Eurozone, the artistic projects approved by the BNB Board of Directors for the design of the Bulgarian national side of the euro coins of all denominations were adopted: 1 euro cent; 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 euro cents; 1 euro and 2 euro.
Euro coins have a common side and a national side. The design of the common sides of the coins is by Luc Luix of the Royal Belgian Mint. They feature images of the European Union or of Europe, symbolizing the unity of the EU.
According to the regulatory requirements, each national side of the euro coins includes mandatory and optional details. The mandatory elements included in the design of the national side of the Bulgarian euro coins are: depiction of a circle of 12 stars, as on the flag of the European Union; Cyrillic writing of the word “BULGARIA” as the designation of the issuing country; for the Bulgarian euro coins of 2 euros – an inscription written sequentially on the side, with “God save Bulgaria” written on one half, and the same inscription written in reverse on the second half.
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Selected optional elements included in the design of the national side of the Bulgarian euro coins are: Cyrillic spelling of the word “euro” on the 1 and 2 euro coins, “stotinka” on the 1 euro cent coin and “stotinka” on the 2, 5 coins , 10, 20 and 50 euro cents; and writing the year of introduction of the euro in Bulgaria “2025”.
For main elements of the design of the national side of the Bulgarian euro coins, the design of the current Bulgarian exchange coins is reproduced: Madarski Konnik – on coins of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 euro cents; St. Ivan Rilski – on a 1 euro coin; Paisius Hilendarski – on a 2 euro coin.
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The reasons for this are that the symbols on the current Bulgarian exchange coins are established and well accepted by the citizens of Bulgaria. This approach will ensure continuity from the current to the new euro coins in Bulgaria and their easy recognition, while at the same time the Bulgarian identity will be confirmed and continued through the familiar symbols of the Bulgarian coins.
The artistic projects were made by Moneten Dvor EAD. The artistic projects are to be submitted for approval by the European Commission, the Council of the European Union and the member states of the Eurozone.
After their approval, these projects will be used for the production of Euro coins with a Bulgarian national side.