Bulgaria Debates National Symbol for Euro Coin Design
The national television organized a discussion, in which historians, ministers, intellectuals and businessmen divided up in team argued about the relevance of each symbol and tried to find out which will look best on the European money.
According to the director of the National Museum of History, Prof. Bozhidar Dimitrov and PR of the campaign Maxim Behar, the Madara Horseman rock relief is one of the oldest Bulgarian symbols and should be placed on the Euro coins as it would also look great on them.
The relief near Bulgaria's town of Shumen depicts a majestic horseman thrusting a spear into a lion lying at his horse's feet while an eagle is flying in front of the rider and a dog is running after him. The scene symbolically depicts a military triumph and was engraved in the rock during Khan Tervel's rule.
Minister of State Administration Nikolai Vasilev backed the idea that the Cyrillic alphabet is the greatest Bulgarian symbol while Deputy PM Meglena Plugchieva said the Rila monastery as a symbol of the Bulgarian identity should be on the back of the coins.
Discussions will continue until June 29 when a vote will decide what will be the Bulgarian symbol on the Euro. Bulgarians could vote for a symbol in post offices, gas stations and schools.
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The economy might be in decent shape (and I don't fully believe this), but the Euro is less about economics and more about politics (no matter what anybody wants you to believe) and politics in BG are about as bad as they come in the EU (Italy excepted, but somehow they are excused for all their corruption).
rorbin, BG (unlike some other EE states (Poland, Hungary) has a 2% budget surplus, estimates Bg may join the euro are about 2011 maybe even 2010...
all the corrupt priovizations paid off most of the foreign debt so macro economically Bg state actually in decent shape
"The Madara rider wouldnВґt look good on a coin"
For that to check....take a look at the current 1 stotinka to 50 stotinki coins....the Madara horseman is on the back of those :-) Seems to do its job quite well and imho does not look so bad....
Personally I think they should try to find something that represents the whole country, not just one region. Maybe Levski would be a good idea as he is a hero to practically all Bulgarians...
Well, Bulgarian is a country of different speeds. There are parts looking like 1977, while others are somehow in nowadays with a special bulgarian temper.
Somehow it is important to have a vision, even somebody said, if you have visions you should see your doctor...
Anyway I would vote for the Rila Monastery. A lovely place.
The Madara rider wouldnВґt look good on a coin and how you want to readable display an alphabet on a coin?!
First of all BG needs to combate its inflation.