Bulgaria's currency is called LEV ['lev](abbr. BGN), plural LEVA ['leva]. One lev is made by 100 stotinki ['stotinki] - the equivalent of cents. The currency was redominated in 1999. Now it is tied to the EURO and the exchange rate is fixed at EURO 1 = BGN 1.95583
Exchange bureaus are found on all major streets in Sofia. Some of them, located in the downtown area of the city, charge commissions but are not very up-front about it. Best to ask how much you will receive before you hand over your money. If you have any troubles do not leave the exchange office but telephone Ministry og Finance Complaints (0800 180 18). Do not ever try do make deals outside the exchange burewaus - it is a guaranteed fraud. PS. The ECC2004 organizers will help you to find your best offers for exchange services.
The new issue of coins features coins of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 stotinki and 1 Lev face value. The main artistic motif on the obverse of all coins is an image of the Madara Horseman - a rock relief from the early 8th century found near the village of Madara, Shoumen region. The text reads "Bulgaria."
The face value in figures and words, the year of issue (1999), and the twelve stars of the European Union are inscribed on the reverse of all coins. The edge of the 1, 2, and 5 stotinki coins is flat, and the edge of the 10, 20, and 50 stotinki coins is serrated.
The newly issued banknotes have denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and the brand new 100 leva. All banknotes feature advanced protective measures such as transparent register ornament, watermark, microtext, security thread, holographic anti-copy element, and a relief designation for blind people
The criminal law and the Penal Code of the Republic of Bulgaria prohibit the unlawful reproduction of its currency and the use of any kind of counterfeit money! Violators will be prosecuted!