New Silver Coin Commemorates 150th Anniversary of Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

New Silver Coin Commemorates 150th Anniversary of Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

The BGN 10.00 silver coin commemorating the 150th year since the founding of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Photo: Bulgarian National Bank

The Bulgarian National Bank has issued a silver coin commemorating the 150th anniversary since the founding of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, which was established back in 1869, seven years before Bulgaria’s Liberation from the Ottoman Empire.

The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, the largest scientific research body in Bulgaria, is going to celebrate its 150th birthday on October 1, 2019.

It was founded in September 1869 under the name “Bulgarian Literary Society" by Bulgarian expats in the Danube city of Braila in Romania – since at the time Bulgaria was part of the Ottoman Empire, a period in Bulgarian history known as the Ottoman Yoke (1396/1422 – 1878/1912).

After Bulgaria was partially liberated as a result of the Russian – Turkish War of 1877 – 1878, the seat of the then Bulgarian Literary Society was moved to Sofia in November 1878, several months before Sofia was official declared the new capital of modern-day Bulgaria (at first still the Principality of Bulgaria, a vassal state of the Ottoman Empire).

The Bulgaria Literary Society was renamed to “Bulgarian Academy of Sciences" in 1911, three years after Bulgaria declared its independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1908, becoming officially the “Tsardom of Bulgaria", as the Bulgarian monarch re-assumed the medieval imperial title of “Tsar" (i.e. “Caesar").

The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences presently features a total of 42 science and research institutes, employing several thousand scientists.

One of the most famous institutes of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences is the National Institute and Museum of Archaeology in Sofia, which employs several hundred archaeologists, restorers, and museum experts.

The commemorative coin “150 Years Bulgarian Academy of Sciences" was launched by the Bulgarian National Bank on Monday, September 16, 2019.

It is a silver coin with a nominal value of BGN 10.00 (app. EUR 5.00), and is on sale for BGN 78.00 (app. EUR 40.00). A total of 3,000 coins have been minted.

A total of 3,000 issues of the commemorative coin are available for sale. Photo: Bulgarian National Bank

The main administrative building of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences located next to the Bulgarian Parliament in downtown Sofia. Photo: Plamen Agov, studiolemontree.com, Wikipedia

In recent years, the Bulgarian National Bank has launched similar silver commemorative coins of BGN 10.00 to commemorate the 150th year since the launch of the first railway line in Bulgaria, back then still part of the Ottoman Empire, the Ruse – Varna Railway (between the Danube city of Ruse and the Black Sea city of Varna) completed in 1866, and to celebrate the Republic of Bulgaria’s first ever Presidency of the European Union in the first half of 2018.

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