Treasure of King Ivan Shishman found in a fortress near Sofia
18 coins, which are supposed to be a part of the legendary treasure of the royal family Shishman are found during excavations in the narthex of the church "St. Elias" in the Urvich fortress, which is located 20 km. away from Sofia.
The coins were minted between 1365-1371 year, i.e. in the last six years of the reign of Tsar Ivan Alexander - the father of the kings Ivan Sratsimir and Ivan Shishman. Several of them represent Ivan Alexander's eldest son Michael, who was killed in a battle with the Turks . The name od Tsar Ivan Shishman is inscribed on the coins , therefore it is assumed as the first coinage in the reign of King Shishman, said one of archaeologist team leaders Prof. Nikolai Ovcharov.
"That 18 coins are part hundreds of others but they were found by treasure hunters," he said and noted that calls them a treasure, because one of the most popular legends of the castle Urvich is that there was buried the treasure of Shishman. According to the legend, during the siege of the old Bulgarian capital Tarnovo Shishman ordered the Treasury to be removed from the royal palace in secret passages and hidden somewhere.
Urvich castle is located 20 km from Sofia along the Iskar River on the road to Samokov .