The National Bank of Bulgaria will release to circulation on 20 March 2020 a new banknote of 20 leva dated 2020 (BGN20.3).

This new banknote is an improved version of the ones issued in 1999 (BGN20.1A and BGN20.1B).

Тhe overall design and the main elements of the new banknote series feature no significant changes as compared with the banknotes already in circulation. These changes are related to the introduction of new security features, and for the 20 leva banknote, issue 2020, they are, as follows:

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

Hologram stripe with optical effects – alternating images of a lion and an eagle, changing when the banknote is tilted; a coloured hologram portrait of Stefan Stambolov; a stylised image of the Order of Bravery; images of a ‘crowned lion rampant’ with a dynamic effect and a 3D image of the number ‘20’.

Security thread – built into the paper and partially appearing on the reverse, with a repeated light-coloured text ‘БНБ 20’ (BNB 20) and a ‘fan-like’ dynamic optical effect shifting from green to blue. The image of the repeating text ‘БНБ 20’ is visible on the obverse when the banknote is held up against the light.

High resolution watermark – seen when the banknote is held up to the light. It consists of a high resolution half-tone image of Stefan Stambolov’s portrait. The image is also seen on the reverse of the banknote.

The BGN 20 banknotes, issues 1999 and 2007, as well as the commemorative banknote of BGN 20 denomination, issue 2005, remain in circulation along with the BGN 20 banknotes, issue 2020.

Further information about the new banknote is available at ‘New series of banknotes’ – 20 levs, 2020


Courtesy: Johan Colp


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