MAIASP. 2023. No. 15

N.O. Mitev (Varna, Bulgaria)

Jagiellonian coins from the Bulgarian lands

DOI: 10.53737/2055.2023.36.37.036

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Pages: 873—889

At the end of the 14th century, a new actor appeared on the European scene, the Jagiellonian dynasty, which for two centuries played an important role in the political life of Central and Eastern Europe. The Jagiellons also was connected with the Balkans. Here, the coins of the Jagiellonian rulers, from the progenitor Władysław Jagiełło to the last representative Zygmunt II (including those who were on the Hungarian throne), which were found in present-day Bulgaria, are examined. Both individual finds and those found in the hoards have been analyzed. Compared to the issues of Władysław Warneńczyk, the coins of the other rulers are less common, which seems logical, given the specificity and the difficulty of the period; but in the 16th century, and more specifically around the middle of the century, the number of specimens began to increase. The cultural record like this is a good proof of the contacts between the Bulgarian lands and the nations of Central Europe during this period. The article provides a basis we can stand upon in future research on the matter, since the sample of Jagiellonian coin finds in this geographical area is expected to increase.

Key words: Bulgarian lands, coins, Jagiellonian dynasty, Ottoman state.

Received December 24, 2022.

Accepted for publication January 11, 2023.

About the author:

Mitev Nevyan Ognyanov (Varna, Bulgaria). PhD (History), National Museum of Military History Bulgaria, branch Park-Museum of Military Friendship 1444