(lv) is the currency
, and it has been used since 1881
. Its smaller unit is called stotinka
(plural - stotinki
), and 100 stotinki are of the same value as one lev. The name means 'lion'.
The ISO 4217 currency code for the Bulgarian Lev is BGN. On 1999-07-05 the lev was revalued at the rate of 1,000 old Lev for 1 new Lev. The code for the old Lev was BGL.