In 2004, 2005 and 2007 commemorative circulation issues were struck of the 50 stotinkas coin. Also many commercial commemorative coins have been minted.
In 1999, banknotes were introduced in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 leva. 100 leva notes were added in 2003. The 1 lev note has been nearly completely replaced in everyday use by the 1 lev coin. The 2 leva note was replaced in everyday use by a coin on December 7, 2015.
|Banknotes of the fourth leva (1999–present)|
|||||1 lev||112 × 60 mm||Rampant lion||"Ivan Rilski||"Rila Monastery||1999||5 July 1999||Was replaced by the 1 Lev coin|
|||||2 leva||116 × 64 mm||"Paisiy Hilendarski||"Istoriya Slavyanobolgarskaya||1999
|||||5 leva||121 × 67 mm||"Ivan Milev||Ivan Milev||Paintings by Ivan Milev||1999
|||||10 leva||126 × 70 mm||"Petar Beron||Petar Beron||"Astronomical instruments||1999
|||||20 leva||131 × 73 mm||"Stefan Stambolov||Stefan Stambolov||"Orlov most, "Lavov most||1999
|||||50 leva||136 × 76 mm||"Pencho Slaveykov||Pencho Slaveykov||Poems by Pencho Slaveykov||1999
|||||100 leva||141 × 79 mm||"Aleko Konstantinov||Aleko Konstantinov||Aleko Konstantinov; his work "Bay Ganyu" (Uncle Ganyu)||2003||8 December 2003|
|These images are to scale at 0.7 pixels per millimetre. For table standards, see the "banknote specification table.|
The contemporary 2 lev banknote contains "Paisiy Hilendarski, his monastery, the Coat of Arms of the "Second Bulgarian Empire, images and seals of some kings, a double-headed eagle; the 5 lev banknote contains the painter Ivan Milev Lalev, a man with a crown of thorns, a face with shield(or a pregnant women with a belly) touching it, and the sideview of a creature with а sickle and hood resembling the death; on the 10 lev banknote "Petar Beron is visible with a whale, a rhino, a telescope, a globe of Earth and "Saturn; a 20 lev banknote contains "Stefan Stambolov, the 1878 seal of "Veliko Tarnovo, three arrows hitting heels of lions, the parliament building hit by an arrow, a lion hit by an arrow in the back behind an eagle, a "flywheel with six arrows; on the 50 lev "Pencho Slaveykov and the ghost of his lover are shown, a phaeton, the building of the theater in Sofia and a bird; on the 100 lev banknote "Aleko Konstantinov is shown with his work ""Bay Ganyo untold tales of a contemporary Bulgarian" hit by a spear in the chest through his pocket watch.
The fourth lev was pegged to the German mark at par from the start. With the replacement of the Deutsche Mark by the "euro, the lev's peg effectively switched to the euro at the rate of 1.95583 leva = 1 euro (precisely equivalent to the Deutsche Mark's fixed exchange rate to euro). This rate is unlikely to change before the lev's eventual retirement. (Bulgaria committed to adopting the euro as part of its joining the EU.) On 25 April 2005, when the country's EU accession treaty was signed, the BNB issued a commemorative coin with the face value of 1.95583 leva.
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