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1 lev, 1999

Obverse • An image of a 1789 icon depicting of Saint Ivan Rilski from the Uspenie Bogorodichno (Assumption of Our Lady) Church in the Pchelino Postnica (Hermitage) near the Rila Monastery.

Reverse • An image of the main Rila Monastery church set off by the cloister's open-air walkways.




Nominal value

1 lev


112 x 60 mm, horizontal


a half-tone silhouette of a rampant lion

Security thread

a thread incorporated in the banknote paper with initials ‘БНБ’ (BNB) appearing as a negative microprint

Marks for visually impaired people

an embossed triangle pointed upwards and a circle underneath

In circulation

from 5 July 1999

to 31 December 2015