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BULGARIA 1916-1920 and miscellaneous

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1916 Non issued stamp, liberation of Macedonia, war scene with soldiers

  50 s violet

 

1918 King Ferdinand 30 years reign

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  1 s grey
  2 s brown
  3 s blue
  10 s red

These stamps have perforation 12 1/2.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 scc 
2 scc 
3 scc 
10 s** 

 

1917 Liberation of Macedonia, various frames

15 s black 25 s blue

  5 s green (arms with lion)
  15 s black (farmer with cow)
  25 s blue (soldier)
  30 s orange (village)
  50 s violet (landscape)
  3 L red (village)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 scc 
15 scc 
25 scc 
30 scc 
50 s** 
3 L** 
Surcharged

1 1/2 L on 3 L red

  1 1/2 s on 3 L red

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 1/2 s on 3 L** 

 

1918 30 years reign of Ferdinand, inscription '1915 1917'

1 s green

  1 s green
  2 s brown
  3 s blue
  10 s red

These stamps have perforation 12 1/2.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 s cc 
2 scc 
3 scc 
10 s** 

 

1918 Various designs

1 s black 1 s grey5 s green 2 L orange

  1 s grey (ploughing)
  1 s grey (village)
  5 s green
  2 L orange (village)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 svcvcPloughing
1 sccVillage, perforation 13
5 sccPerforation 13
2 L**Perforation 13
Surcharged
  1 s on 2 L orange

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 s on 2 L** 

 

1919 Sobranje Palace

2 s grey

  1 s black
  2 s grey

Surcharged (1920)

10 s on 1 s black

  1 s on 2 s grey
  10 s (red) on 1 s black (1924)

These stamps have perforation 13.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 s vcvc 
2 svcvc 
1 s on 2 scc 
10 s on 1 scc 

 

1919 King Boris

30 s brown

  3 s brown
  5 s green
  10 s red
  15 s violet
  25 s blue
  30 s brown
  50 s brown

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
3 s cc 
5 scc 
10 scc 
15 scc 
25 scc 
30 scc 
50 scc 
Surcharged

7 1/2 on 15 s violet

  2 1/2 on 5 s green
  5 on 10 s red
  7 1/2 s on 15 s violet
  12 1/2 s on 25 s blue
  15 s on 30 s brown
  25 s on 50 s brown

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
2 1/2 on 5 scc 
5 on 10 scc 
7 1/2 on 15 scc 
12 1/2 on 25 scc 
15 on 30 scc 
25 on 50 scc 

 

In 1920 an issue dedicated to the poet Ywan Yasov was issued (6 values; 30 s red, 50 s grey, 1 L brown, 2 L brown, 3 L black and 5 L blue).

 

Later issues, example


(This stamp was issued in 1921, though the inscription read '1915-1916')


Postage due stamps

1884 Number, imperforated or perforated

5 s orange 10 s violet

  5 s orange
  10 s violet (only perforated)
  25 s red
  30 s green (only perforated)
  50 s blue

Surcharged

  '30' on 50 s blue (perforated)
  '30' on 50 s blue (imperforated)

For the specialist: In 1884 the values 5 s, 25 s and 50 s were issued with a very peculiar perforation (so-called serpentine perforation):


(Serpentine perforation)

The same 3 values were issued imperforate in 1886. From 1887 to 1896 normally perforated stamps were issued of all values.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
Serpentine perforation (1884)
5 s RRR 
25 sRR 
50 sRR 
Imperforate (1886)
5 s****** 
25 s****** 
50 s****** 
30 on 50 s****** 
Wide perforation (about 11, 1887)
5 s****Two types
25 s**** 
50 s****** 
30 on 50 s****** 
Narrow perforation (13, 1896)
5 s**** 
10 s**** 
30 s**** 

 

1902 Arms

  5 s red
  10 s green
  20 s blue
  30 s lilac
  50 s orange

These stamps have perforation 11 1/2.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 s cc 
10 s*cError: 10 s blue: RRR
20 s** 
30 s** 
50 sRR 

 

1915 Number

5 s green 20 s on 30 s orange

  5 s green
  10 s violet
  20 s red
  20 s orange
  30 s orange
  50 s blue
  1 L green
  2 L red
  3 L yellow

These stamps have perforation 11 1/2. Specialists distinguish stamps issued on yellowish and white paper.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 s cc 
10 scc 
20 s red** 
20 s orange** 
30 scc 
50 s*c 
1 L*c 
2 L*c 
3 L** 


Express stamps

Example:

These stamps were issued in 1924. The following values exist: 1 L (black on green, brown, orange, red or violet on red), 2 L (green or violet) and 5 L (blue or red).


Fiscal stamps


(Left: fiscal stamp with value in Cents, right: fiscal stamp with value in Stotinki)

Note the resemblance with the fiscal stamps of Russia.

The first Bulgarian fiscal stamps in the above designs were issued in 1879, the value was in 'CAHT' (cents) or 'FPAH' (Franc); the following values were issued: 20 c blue, 25 c brown, 30 c orange, 40 c red, 50 c green, 80 c violet, 1 F yellow and black, 3 F green and black, 5 F blue and black, 10 F lilac and black, 20 F grey and black, 50 F orange and black and 100 F blue.

In 1883 the currency was changed to 'CTOTNHKN' (as for the postage stamps). Many values were issued.


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