Own the classic silver 5 Leva from an age when much of Europe was ruled by kings and queens – struck before WWI began! This 1894 silver coin features Ferdinand I, the prince who transformed Bulgaria from a state under Turkish control to a kingdom and brought it into the modern age.
Under Ferdinand’s rule, railroads were built, trade with Europe increased and the spread of education nearly wiped out illiteracy. These changes helped Bulgaria become an independent kingdom, free from Turkish rule in 1908. As WWI broke out, Bulgaria declared neutrality at first, but later sided with Germany and the Central Powers. After his country’s defeat in 1918, Ferdinand abdicated in favor of his son and went into exile in Germany. Now over a century old, these traditional 90% silver coins with the ruler’s portrait on one side and denomination on the other, continue to grow harder to find and most are not found outside of Europe today. Add the historic coin of the king who helped modernize Bulgaria to your collection today.
- Year: 1894
- Product Type: Single Products
- Countries: Bulgaria
- Material: Silver