The National Bank of Bulgaria announced today that it will issue on 12 June 2020 a new banknote of 10 leva dated 2020 (BGN10.1C) with improved security devices.

While the general design is similar to that of the 1999 and 2008 versions, this 2020 note has several improvements, which are:

Additional mark for visually impaired people – two thick and eight thin lines at an angle along the short sides of the banknote.

Hologram stripe with optical effects – images of the earth globe, a telescope, and a planet, alternating when the banknote is tilted; a coloured hologram portrait of Dr. Petar Beron; images of a ‘crowned lion rampant’ with a dynamic effect and a 3D image of the number 10.

Security thread – built into the paper and partially appearing on the reverse, with a repeating light-coloured text ‘БНБ 10’ (BNB 10) and a diagonal dynamic optical effect, shifting its colour from golden to green. The repeating text ‘БНБ 10’ is visible on the obverse when the banknote is held up to the light.

High resolution watermark – seen when the banknote is held up to the light. It represents a high resolution half-tone portrait of Dr. Petar Beron. The image is also visible on the reverse of the banknote.

The banknotes issued in 1999 (BGN10.1A) and 2008, (BGN10.2B)  will remain in circulation.

Further information about the new banknote is available at ‘New series of banknotes’ – 10 levs, 2020.


Courtesy: Cleophas Schockem.


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