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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Bulgaria stotinki

2 stotinki, 1974
bulgaria 2 stotinki 1974Weight: 2gm
Metal: Brass
Diameter: 18.1mm
Obverse: National arms within circle

5 stotinki, 1913
bulgaria 5 stotinki 1913Metal: copper-nickel
Obverse: crowned arms within circle

10 stotinki, 1913
bulgaria 10 stotinki 1913

Coat of arms, Bulgaria
coat of arms bulgariaThe coat of arms of Bulgaria consists of the crowned historical crown above a crowned golden lion rampant over a dark red shield. The shield is supported by two crowned golden lions rampant; below the shield there is compartment in the shape of oak twigs and white bands with the national motto "Unity renders power" inscribed on them.

The current coat of arms of Bulgaria was adopted in 1997. The current arms are a slightly redesigned version of the coat of arms of Bulgaria from the period 1927–1946. Those arms were based on a similar earlier form, firstly used by Tsar Ferdinand I (1887–1918) as his personal ruler's coat of arms. The previous emblem, which combined the traditional gold lion rampant with the pattern of the coat of arms of the Soviet Union, was abandoned since Communist rule ended in the country in 1989. The new Constitution of Bulgaria, adopted in 1991, describes the Bulgarian coat of arms as follows:

"The coat of arms of the Republic of Bulgaria shall depict a gold lion rampant on a dark gules shield."

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