Silver coin of tsar Ivan Alexander with Mihail Asen (1331-1371)
Obverse: ІС ХС АЛЕ ЧР Christ standing facing, nimbate, wearing tunic and colobion, both hands are raised in benediction.
Reverse: АЛЕ БЛГВ ЧР МХ The tsar (on left) and his son (on right), standing facing, holding between them long standart. Both wear stemma, divitision and loros, holding in their hands scepter cruciger.
National Archaeological Institute with Museum
Metal – copper 999/1000 with silver plating, antique finish
Quality – PROOF
Weight – 15 g
Diameter – 34 mm
Packaging – capsule and luxury cardboard packaging
The longest issued Bulgarian Medieval silver coins, struck in unprecedented huge quantities for their time, were the silver emissions of Tsar Ivan Alexander with his son Michael Assen. The coins of this type represent a significant share within a large number of hoards concealed in the course of the second half of the 14th and the early 15th c. and discovered on the Bulgarian as well as on the neighbouring territories. They are the most commonly found Medieval Bulgarian coins whose production continued even after the death of Ivan Alexander in 1371, in the early years of Tsar Ivan Shishman’s reign. This circumstance is due to the great popularity of the mentioned coins among the then population as well as their significant participation within the circulation environment of the time. The silver coins of Ivan Alexander with Michael Assen were a product of the most intensive Bulgarian coinage, a kind of peak in the minting of silver coins on the Balkans in the 14th c.