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Bulgaria is a country with rich cultural and historical heritage, which also includes great variety of monetary finds, which originate from almost all Europe and the Middle East. The country is also a future member of the Euro zone. This is why the aims of the project are actual for Bulgaria, as the results of this research will help the Bulgarian society in its transition from its national currency to the common European monetary system.

The Department of Archaeology of the Regional Museum of History, Varna.

Logo of the Regional Museum of History, Varna The establishment of the Varna Archaeological Museum appears to be the outcome of efforts and activities conducted by a large circle of Varna public figures led by the two Czech brothers Hermin and Karel Shkorpil. The renowned scholars and founders of Bulgarian archaeology, the Shkorpil brothers are closely related to the approbation of the museum as a cultural institution of essential significance for the spiritual life of the town. The constructed in 1892–1898 museum building is one of the most representative and imposing ones in the city. The first public exposition was initiated on June 11th 1906. Today the museum is in possession of more 100 000 finds belonging to different ages starting with Paleolithic and ending with the Late Mediaeval / Otoman period. The artifacts of the museum collection have been uncovered mainly in the ancient Odessus and Mediaeval Varna, as well as in the environs of present-day Varna and the contiguous Northeast region of Bulgaria.

One of the most luxuriant numismatic collections in Bulgaria belongs to the Varna Archaeological Museum. Amassed in the course of over a century it contains no less than 40 000 Greek, Macedonian, Thracian, Scythian, Roman, Byzantine, Bulgarian, European and Ottoman coins. There are also Byzantine and Bulgarian lead seals and bronze weights, as well as ancient commercial seals. Part of these numismatic treasures can be seen in two especially designed rooms of the museum exposition. This diversity of coins allows the creation of a clear notion about the coin types that were in circulation throughout the ages in the area and vicinity of present-day Varna. › See letter of support (.pdf) › Website

Igor Lazarenko Igor LazarenkoIgor Lazarenko is a research fellow in the Department of Archaeology at Varna Regional Museum. Starting from 1998 he excavated in ancient and medieval seacoast towns and fortresses Odessus (Varna), Castritsi (Euxinograd) and Dionysopolis (Balchik) as well as several Thracian tumuli near the Odessus and Bizone (Kavarna). Since 2002 he is curator of the numismatic collection of the Varna Archaeological Museum. He has published over forty articles and larger studies in Bulgarian, Russian and English on various problems of ancient and mediaeval numismatics as well as on the political, economical and administrative history of the Western Black Sea coast during the period 5th century BC – 19th century.

The Regional Museum of History, Stara Zagora.

Found in 1907. The museum provides archaeological research on the territory of Stara Zagora (ancient Augusta Traiana/Beroe in Thrace) and in the adjacent region. The museum has rich collections of archaeological artefacts dating from 6 000 BC till medieval times and the richest collection of Neolithic artefacts in Europe.
The Stara Zagora museum includes Coin department and departments of Archaeology, History and Ethnology.
The Coin Department owns wealthy collection of antique, Byzantine, medieval, Islamic and modern coins, seals and weights. › See letter of support (.pdf) › Website

Marian Minkova Mariana MinkovaGraduate in archaeology at the Warsaw state university, head of the Numismatic department of Regional museum of history, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria (b. 1956). Main research fields : Roman and Byzantine numismatics; coinage of Augusta Trayana; coin circulation during the II-VII c. in Augusta Trayana/Beroe. Other research fields : Thracian and Hellenistic numismatics.
The COST project is important for me because it gives the opportunity for collaboration with advanced European scientists in these and similar research fields.

The Regional Museum of History, Veliko Tarnovo.

Logo of the Regional Museum of History, Veliko TarnovoContinuer and successor of one of the eldest public numismatic collections in Bulgaria (established in 1871). It keeps the evidences for the coin circulation in Central part of Northern Bulgaria from the IV century BC until present times. › See letter of support (.pdf) › Website

Stoyan Mihaylov Stoyan MihaylovCurator (b. 1975) of the Numismatic collection in Regional Museum of History, Veliko Tarnovo. Main area of research: Byzantine and Medieval numismatics. Other areas of research Roman numismatic and Medieval history.
He considers that the COST project will give the possibility to meet, discuss and work regularly together with many colleagues in the same field of interest. As well in his point of view the researching of monetary unification processes in Europe and Mediterranean are very interesting and very important not only for the scientists but for the society too. › Personal Page

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Numismatic Museum, Ruse.

Numismatic Museum Ruse Logo The Ruse Regional Historical Museum is one of the 11 regional museums of Bulgaria. It acts within the Rousse, Razgrad, and Silistra regions. The museum occuipies the building of the former Battenberg Palace, previously a local court, built 1879 - 1882 by Friedrich Grunanger.

The Rousse Regional Historical Museum was established in 1904. Its basis are the archeological collections of Karel and Hermenguild Shkorpil, as well as of the naturalist Vasil Kovachev, which were gathered in the "Knyaz Boris" men's high school of Rousse.

The museum holds approximately 140,000 items, including: prehistoric pottery and idol plastic arts; the Borovo treasure of the 4th century BC (a ritual wine set, gold-plated silver); the finds of excavations of the antique Danube castles Yatrus and Sexaginta Prista, and of the medieval Bulgarian city Cherven; a numismatic collection; a collection of bones from prehistoric mammals, including a unique lower jaw of a Mammuthus rumanus; a bronze helmet from 4th 3rd century BC, suggestedly belonging to one of the soldiers of Alexander the Great. The helmet was contributed in August 2006 by the Bobokovi brothers, major shareholders of the Prista Oil company. The time and place where the helmet was found was not publicly revealed. › See letter of support (.pdf)

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