Kukeri Silver Medal of the "Kukeri" Collection, 155g390.00 BGN
Medal from fine silver 999/1000, proof quality, matt-gloss finish, weight 155 g and color printing. The obverse depicts dancing “kukeri” with traditional masks and costumes, and the reverse - traditional Bulgarian hand embroidery. It is placed in a luxury wooden box with certificate of quality.
Kukeri Silver Medal of the "Kukeri" collection is struck in fine silver 999.9 to proof quality with a diameter of 65 mm and weight 155 g. The image* on the obverse depicts dancing “kukeri” with traditional masks and costumes. The reverse presents a typical Bulgarian hand-embroidery from the Samokov region and the inscription "Български традиции и обичаи" (Bulgarian Customs and Traditions).
The color print on the obverse further emphasizes the relief and makes the whole composition come to life on silver. In Bulgarian folklore, colors have a sacred meaning and convey a certain message. Red is the color of blood, of life, of fertility. Green is a symbol of nature, youth, the reviving new life, and blue - of heaven and eternity.
The Kukeri medal is placed in a luxury wooden box, accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.
*The image of the dancing kukeri on the obverse of the medal is a property of the Bulgarian National Bank. The authors of the image are Elena Todorova and Todor Todorov. Bulmint has the exclusive right to use and distribute this image for the production and distribution of the Kukeri Silver Medal.
Weight 155 g
Dimensions 65 mm
Purity Silver 999,9
Circulation 100 pcs.
Bulgarian Customs and Traditions Program
The Bulgarian Customs and Traditions program is inspired by the ancient traditions that have preserved the spirit of the Bulgarian people throughout the centuries. Bulgarian traditions are an interesting mix of Christian beliefs and pagan rituals. The entire life of many generations of Bulgarians has been directly linked to the cycles of nature and agricultural work.
The Bulgarian Customs and Traditions program includes several collections that present the specific aspects of the Bulgarian customs and traditions. The entire program features color printing of the obverse of the medals, which further emphasizes the deep and detailed relief and makes the composition stand out. Floral details on the reverse of the medal recreate a traditional hand embroidery from the Samokov area.
Kukeri in Bulgaria
Kukeri is a masquerade custom, symbolizing the end of winter and the rebirth of new life. It is one of the most ancient in our lands, dating back to the Thracian times. The word "Kukeri" itself is also of Thracian origin and means "tall, masked people."
Kukeri dances are performed only by men, mainly young, unmarried boys, on the day after the orthodox feast Sirni Zagovezni. The clothing and masks are specially prepared by the participants and are very picturesque. Both clothing and masks are made from sheep or goat leather. The Kukeri wear the traditional Bulgarian folk attire and costumes decorated with woolen threads, beads, mirrors. They put heavy bronze or copper bells around their waists and when dancing, they are believed to scare the evil spirits away.
Their dances recreate rituals related to fieldwork, as well as to the continuation of the lineage and the awakening of the earth for spring and for a new life.
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