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RUMANIA 1865-1920

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1872 King Carol I, Inscription 'ROMANIA'

50 b red

  1 1/2 b green
  1 1/2 b black (1879)
  3 b green
  5 b brown
  5 b green (1879)
  10 b blue
  10 b red (1879)
  15 b brown
  15 b red (1879)
  25 b orange
  25 b blue (1879)
  30 b red (1878)
  50 b red
  50 b yellow (1879)

Some stamps were printed in Paris, they have perforation 14 x 13 1/2. Other with more defective perforations and printing were printed locally (11 to 13 1/2.). Errors exist: 5 b red and 5 b blue (the red misprint has even been reprinted).

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 b green**** 
1 1/2 b black*c 
3 b ***** 
5 b brown**** 
5 b green***c 
10 b blue *** 
10 b red***c 
15 b brown**** 
15 b redRR*** 
25 b orange**** 
25 b blue****** 
30 bRR*** 
50 b redRR*** 
50 b yellowR*** 

Fournier has made forgeries of these stamps.

In the above forgery, there is a white line below the neck which is much clearer visible than in the genuine stamps.

Fournier forgery:

The above forgery has the cancel 'GALATI 4/9' similar to the one that can be found in 'The Fournier Album of Philatelic Forgeries' (see below). I therefore presume it is a Fournier forgery.


(Fournier forged cancels, reduced sizes)

 

1880 King Charles, 'POSTA ROMANA' curved at the top

  15 b brown
  25 b blue

These stamps exist with various perforations.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
15 b***c 
25 b***c 

 

1885 King Carol, flying eagle at the top of the stamp (Vulturi, or eagle issue)

  1 1/2 b black
  1 1/2 b black on blue
  3 b olive on blue
  3 b violet
  5 b geeen on green
  5 b green
  10 b red on yellow
  10 b red
  15 b brown
  15 b brown on brown
  25 b blue
  25 b blue on yellow
  50 b brown on yellow

These stamps exist with watermark.

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 b black*c 
1 1/2 b black on blue *** 
3 b violet*** 
3 b olive on blue*** 
5 b green **** 
5 b green on green**c 
10 b red**** 
10 b red on yellow*** 
15 b brown***c 
15 b brown on brown**** 
25 b blue**** 
25 b blue on yellow**** 
50 b**** 

Fournier has made forgeries of these stamps. They can be recognized by inspecting the left bottom, in the genuine stamps, the second inner white line is curved (it follows the value shield). In the Fournier forgeries, this line is continuing towards the bottom of the stamp.


(Left genuine, right forgery)

At least one other forger has made forgeries of this series, I don't have any further information.

 

1890 King Carol, inscription 'ROMANIA', value in 4 corners

  1 1/2 b red 
  3 b violet
  5 b green
  10 b red
  15 b brown
  25 b blue
  50 b orange

These stamps exist without and with watermark ('Arms' or 'P.R'), with various perforations.

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 b cc 
3 b*c 
5 b*c 
10 b**c 
15 b*c 
25 b**c 
50 b**** 

 

1891 25 years of reign of King Carol, inscription 'JUBILEUL' etc.

  1 1/2 b red
  3 b violet
  5 b green
  10 b red
  15 b brown

These stamps were only valid for postage from 22 to 24 Mai of 1891.

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 b ****** 
3 b****** 
5 bRR 
10 bRR 
15 b****** 

Forgeries:


(Reduced size, forgeries)

The ornament between 'ROMANIA' and 'JUBILEUL' is different from the genuine stamps in the above forgeries.

 

1893 King Carol, larger size, different frames

  1 b (BANI) brown
  1 b (BAN) brown (1902?)
  1 b black (1903)
  1 1/2 b black
  1 1/2 b yellow (1911)
  3 b brown
  5 b blue
  5 b green (1899)
  10 b green
  10 b red (1899)
  15 b red
  15 b black (1899)
  15 b grey (1902?)
  15 b violet (1903)
  25 b violet
  25 b blue (1899)
  40 b green (1898)
  40 b brown (1918)
  50 b orange
  50 b red (1918)
  1 L brown and red
  1 L green and black (1903)
  1 L green (1918)
  2 L orange and brown
  2 L brown and black (1903)
  2 L orange (1918)

These stamps exist without watermark, or with watermarks 'PR' or 'part of large arms'. An error exists 25 b blue (the blue of the 5 b stamp).

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 b browncvc(BANI)
1 b browncvc(BAN)
1 b blackcc 
1 1/2 b black*c 
1 1/2 b yellowc* 
3 b*c 
5 b blue*vc 
5 b green*vcShades of green
10 b green*vc 
10 b red*vc 
15 b red*vc 
15 b black*vc 
15 b grey**vc 
15 b violet**vc 
25 b violet*c 
25 b blue*vc 
40 b green***c 
40 b brown*c 
50 b orange***c 
50 b red** 
1 L brown and red ***c 
1 L green and black ***c 
1 L green*c 
2 L orange and brown **** 
2 L brown adn black ***** 
2 L orange*** 

I have seen forgeries of the 1 L green and black and the 2 L brown and black. More information on a forgery of the 2 L brown and black can be found at http://home.no.net/bhb1/ro-f02e.htm. The forgery described there has the 'O' of 'DOI' more slanting to the right than in the genuine stamps (this can easily be observed).

 

1903 Large stamps, mailcoach with horses, issued for the opening of a new post office in Bucharest

  1 b brown
  3 b brown
  5 b green
  10 b red
  15 b black
  25 b blue
  40 b green
  50 b orange

These stamps have perforation 14 x 13 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 b ** 
3 b** 
5 b ** 
10 b ** 
15 b** 
25 b****** 
40 b****** 
50 b****** 


Non issued stamp of this serie? reduced size

There are two different kinds of forgeries of these stamps. They are quite deceptive. More info on these forgeries can be found at: http://home.no.net/bhb1/ro-f03e.htm.

 

1903 Large stamps, King Carol in upper part of stamp, new postal building in the middle and mailcoach below

  15 b black
  25 b blue
  40 b green
  50 b orange
  1 L brown
  2 L orange
  5 L lilac

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
15 b ****** 
25 bRR 
40 b RR 
50 b RR 
1 LRR 
2 LRR 
5 L****** 

These stamps are known to have been forged; for a description of these forgeries see: http://home.no.net/bhb1/ro-f07e.htm.

 

1903 Charity stamps, inscription 'TIMBRU DE BINE FACERE'

Sitting woman (Queen Elizabeth) spinning


(Reduced size)

  3 b orange
  5 b green
  10 b red
  15 b violet

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 b ** 
5 b** 
10 b ** 
15 b ** 

The above stamps have been forged! For more information see: http://home.no.net/bhb1/ro-f04e.htm.

Woman (Queen Elizabeth) taking care of wounded soldier


(Reduced size)

  3 b orange
  5 b green
  10 b red
  15 b 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 b ** 
5 b** 
10 b ** 
15 b ** 


(Reduced size, I think this is a forgery)

The above stamps have been forged! In the forgeries there is a leaf missing left above the value inscription. For more info see: http://home.no.net/bhb1/ro-f06e.htm.

Woman (Queen Elizabeth) at a weaving machine


(Reduced size)

  3 b orange
  5 b green
  10 b red
  15 b 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 b ** 
5 b** 
10 b ** 
15 b ** 

The above stamps have been forged! For more information see: http://home.no.net/bhb1/ro-f05e.htm.

Angel


(Reduced size)

  3 b brown,blue and yellow
  5 b green, brown and red
  10 b red, blue and brown
  15 b violet, blue and 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 b ** 
5 b** 
10 b ** 
15 b ** 

 

1906 25 years existance of the kingdom, King Carol with an angel


(Reduced size)

  1 b yellow and black
  3 b brown and black
  5 b green and black
  10 b red and black
  15 b violet and black
  25 b blue and black
  40 b brown and black
  50 b brown and black
  1 L red and black
  2 L orange and black

These stamps are peforated 12.

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 bcc 
3 b ** 
5 bcc 
10 b cc 
15 b ** 
25 b****** 
40 b** 
50 b** 
1 L** 
2 L** 

 

1906 Various desings

  1 b brown and black
  3 b brown and black
  5 b green and black
  10 b red and black
  15 b violet and black
  25 b blue and black
  40 b brown and black
  50 b brown and black
  1 L red and black
  2 L orange and black

These stamps are peforated 12.

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 bcc 
3 b ** 
5 b*c 
10 b cc 
15 b cc 
25 b** 
40 b** 
50 b** 
1 L** 
2 L** 

 

1906 Inscription 'EXPOZITIA GENERALA', various designs

 
  5 b green and black
  10 b red and black
  15 b violet and black
  25 b blue and black
  30 b red and black
  40 b green and black
  50 b orange and black
  75 b brown and black
  1 L 50 red and black
  2 L 50 yellow and brown
  3 L brown (two shades)

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 b** 
10 b ** 
15 b ** 
25 b** 
30 b** 
40 b** 
50 b** 
75 b** 
1 L 50****** 
2 L 50****** 
3 L****** 

 

1907 Charity stamps


(Reduced size)

  3 b red-brown and brown
  5 b green and brown
  10 b red and brown
  15 b violet and brown

These stamps are perforated 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
3 b** 
5 b ** 
10 b ** 
15 b** 

 

1909 King Carol in an ellipse

  1 b black
  3 b brown
  5 b green (2 types)
  10 b red (2 types)
  15 b violet (2 types)
  15 b olive
  15 b brown (1918)
  25 b blue
  40 b green
  40 b brown (1918)
  50 b orange
  1 L brown
  2 L red

Surcharged
  '25 BANI' on 1 b black

Overprinted '1918' in fancy letters

  5 b green
  10 b red

These stamps exist engraved (small head) or lithographed (large head).

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 bvcvc 
3 bcc 
5 b vcvc 
10 b cvc 
15 b violet *cLarge head: ***
15 b olivecvc 
15 b browncc 
25 b*c 
40 b green*c 
40 b brown** 
50 b*cShades of orange
1 L*c 
2 L*** 
Overprinted '1918'
5 bcc 
10 bcc 

 

1913 Various designs, inscription '1913'

  1 b black
  3 b olive and brown
  5 b green and brown
  10 b orange and brown
  15 b brown and violet
  25 b blue and brown
  40 b brown and lilac
  50 b yellow and blue
  1 L blue and brown
  2 L red (2 shades)

These stamps are perforated 13 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 bcc 
3 b** 
5 b cc 
10 b cc 
15 b cc 
25 b** 
40 b**** 
50 b***** 
1 L***** 
2 L****** 

After the Balkan War, Romania acquired Dobrogea, and this set of commemorative stamps was issued. They were banned by the Communists and were erased from Rumanian stamp catalogues until 1990.

A non-official label with an image of a coin in the middle was also issued:

 

1919 King Ferdinand in a circle in the upper right part of the stamp, inscription 'ROMANIA' below the head

(Sorry, no picture available yet, does anybody have a picture of one of these stamps?)

  1 b black
  5 b green
  10 b red
  15 b brown
  25 b blue
  25 b brown
  40 b brown
  50 b orange
  1 L green
  1 L red
  2 L orange
  2 L blue
  2 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 bvcvc 
5 b vcvc 
10 b vcvc 
15 b cc 
25 b blue*c 
25 b browncc 
40 bcc 
50 bcc 
1 L green*c 
1 L red*c 
2 L orange*c 
2 L blue*c 
2 L red** 

 

1919 King Ferdinand in a circle, 'POSTA' below the head

  3 b black
  5 b black
  10 b olive
  10 b green
  25 b brown
  25 b red
  30 b violet
  50 b yellow
  60 b green
  1 L violet
  2 L red
  2 L green
  3 L blue
  3 L brown
  3 L red
  5 L green
  5 L brown
  6 L blue
  6 L red
  6 L olive
  7 L 50 blue
  10 L blue

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 bvcvc 
5 b vcvc 
10 b olive** 
10 b greenvcvc 
25 b *c 
30 b cvc 
50 b cvc 
60 bcc 
1 Lcvc 
2 L red*vc 
2 L green*vc 
3 L blue*c 
3 L brown** 
3 L red*vc 
5 L green*** 
5 L brown*vc 
6 L blue*c 
6 L red**** 
6 L olive*c 
7 L 50 *c 
10 L*vc 

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