Fourth circular letter

Dear colleagues,

in prompt response to multiple queries and concerns of the participants about tense timetable to prepare video contributions, the Organizing Committee decided to reschedule Bulgarian Numismatic Readings to

10th-12th November 2020.  

In times of Covid-19 pandemic in Europe and political uncertainty in Bulgaria as well as potential difficulties to access host institution halls, the digital format of the Readings provides an appropriate platform to overcome various challenges facing our forum.   

The Organizing Committee is convinced the extended timetable will enable the participants to prepare video records of their contributions prior to 20th October

In the coming weeks you will be contacted by your individual coordinator concerning technical matters. 

If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact us. 

Technical instructions for video recording of the lecture

Dear colleagues,

As previously announced, all authors are required to submit a pre-recorded video of their presentation or poster. We will be happy to receive the video of your presentation not later than 20th September 2020 at our contact email:

The presentation can be recorded by the author or any of the co-authors, and should be with duration up to 15 minutes.

The recording should consist of a voice over slides, or also include a visual representation of the speaker within the frame. For optimal quality, we suggest the use of MP4 video file format.

It is possible to make an easy and stress free record of your presentation using some of the available video conferencing tools. If you prefer, you can show your face via webcam and display your slides as you talk. 

To perform the video record you may use the most popular platforms, like Cisco Webex or Zoom, but any other meeting software is acceptable as long as you get a good quality recording and your final file is in the MP4 format. 

Both platforms are providing on their webpages instructions for recording a meeting: for Zoom, and for Cisco Webex, but probably you may like some shared experience of the common users worldwide struggling with the same issue, e.g. here for Zoom (valid for recording in Webex). Another good possibility is the voice over slides option provided by Microsoft PowerPoint. More information how to use it, you may find here:

Create Voice Over Powerpoint and convert to MP4.

Guidelines for the video lecture:

  • Duration: up to 15 minutes
  • Video file format: mp4
  • Due date: 25 October 2020 

Tips for recording:

  1. Use quiet area if possible. Avoid areas that have echo.
  2. Use a headset with microphone if available. Avoid using default built-in microphone on computer.
  3. Do a test recording of a couple of minutes and review the sound and picture quality.

If you need further technical support, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Third Circular letter

Dear colleagues,

We hope our third circular letter finds you well!

The Bulgarian Numismatic Readings team continues the preparations for the conference “History and Society in Numismatic Perspectives”. 

At present, we have received applications from colleagues from more than 10 countries. We would like to thank you all for the high interest towards the conference making this scientific forum possible! 

With respect to the current uncertain situation worldwide, the Organizing committee is aware of possible changes in the conference performance and shifting to a hybrid online event. For this purpose, and to allow all the registered colleagues who would be able or not to attend the conference in person to participate actively despite of the local time differences, we would like to ask you to create a video record of your presentation. The duration of the record should not exceed 15 minutes. We will follow up with more information about technical details for its preparation, also available soon on our newly created website:

The Organizing team offers also live support to make the recording process easy and enjoyable!

Please send us your video record at the conference mail not later than 20th September 2020.

The video records will be uploaded in a controlled environment in the conference YouTube channel, according to the conference program, which is in preparation.  They will be available to the all registered attendees of the conference after 5th October, during the original dates of the conference, and on-demand after the conference concludes.

During the conference dates 9th-11th October 2020, we will have LIVE online key lectures, round tables, and discussions. They will be accessible by a stable virtual room for the event with controlled access for presenters and registered participants. Thus, all the participants – attending the conference in person in Sofia or connected remotely – will have the chance to be fully active and enjoy our common meeting.

Due to the pandemic situation, at this point we are not able to suggest making travel reservations or accommodation bookings. In case the situation in early October 2020 allows it, we would of course support logistically the colleagues that will be able to travel, and suggest an uncomplicated short-term hotel booking. We believe that despite the hard times, only together we will be able to maintain our scholar community and continue our research!

Second circular letter

Dear colleagues,

The Bulgarian Numismatic Readings team continues with optimism the preparation for the conference “History and Society in Numismatic Perspectives” with no changes in the announced dates 9th-11th October 2020.

With respect to the current situation and according to the ongoing interest towards the conference, the registration deadline is extended until 12.07.2020.

For submitting the application please fill in the form at the following link:

The Organizing Committee is prepared also to provide a remote connection to the conference for colleagues who would prefer to participate with distant presentations and to join the discussions online.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Sofia in October 2020 for this important and innovative scientific forum!

Our team is flexible and will adapt to eventual changes in the circumstances affecting the conference dates. Additional information will be announced in the third circular letter and on the FB page of the conference.

First circular letter

Dear colleagues,

The Faculty of History at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, the National Archaeological Institute with Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, the Regional History Museum Sofia, and Fibank have the pleasure to invite you to the international conference

Bulgarian Numismatic Readings:
History and Society in Numismatic Perspectives

The aim of the conference is to set the beginning of regular meetings where Bulgarian and international specialists in the field of numismatics, history, archaeology, art history, anthropology, etc. will present their observations on coin minting and circulation, economy, trade, finances, etc. as a contribution to the picture of the past of Southeastern Europe from Antiquity to the Ottoman period (6th century BC – 19th century).

The conference will be held on 9th-11th October 2020, and will be hosted by Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. On 9th October the program plans for arrival and registration of the participants, followed by the key speakers’ lectures in the Aula of Sofia University and a reception in the evening. Within the following two working days various topics will be discussed, focused on coins as a source for the history of the local societies from Antiquity, the Middle ages, and the Ottoman period, as well as the cultural function of coins in the everyday life of the traditional societies (as symbolic hoard, a gift, apotropaic object, etc.).

The deadline for submitting an application is 31st May 2020.

The official conference languages are English, German, French, and Bulgarian (with slideshow in one of the three international languages). When submitting the application, the authors should send also an abstract in English, German, or French of ca. 200 words/1500 characters (with spaces).

Papers should not exceed 15 min. Posters should be of A1 size (594 x 841 mm). Authors are responsible for the copyrights of the presented images and printing of the posters.

No fee is required for participating in the conference.

For submitting the application please fill in the form at the following link:

Information for travel and accommodation possibilities will be provided in due course.

In case further information is needed please contact us at the conference email: