On October 8, 2012, the Bulgarian National Bank released the latest coin within the Bulgarian Iconography series. The .9999 fine gold commemorative coin features Saint Petka of Bulgaria.
Saint Petka of Bulgaria, also known as Saint Parascheva of the Balkans, was an ascetic female saint of the 11th century. At age ten, she heard the voice of the Lord, which led her to leave her wealthy family to follow an ascetic, religious life. She died at the age of 27 in the village of Katikratia.
The obverse design of the coin features the logo of the Bulgarian National Bank. Inscriptions around the outer edge include ‘БЪЛГАРСКА НАРОДНА БАНКА’ (Bulgarian National Bank), the nominal value ‘100 ЛЕВА’ (100 levs) and the year of issue ‘2012’.
The reverse design of the coin by Vanya Dimitrova features a fragment of the St. Petka of Bulgaria icon with the saint’s name in Church Slavonic script on each side of the image. The inscription ‘СВ. ПЕТКА БЪЛГАРСКА’ (St. Petka of Bulgaria) appears around the circumference of the coin.
Each coin is struck in .999 fine gold to proof quality with a diameter is 24 mm and weight of 8.64 grams. The mintage is limited to 2,500 pieces. The coins may be purchased at Bulgarian National Bank cash desks for BGN 1,100 excluding VAT.