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Postage due stamps

1881 Number, inscription 'TAXA DE PLATA'

  2 b brown
  2 b green (1888)
  2 b green (1887)
  5 b brown
  5 b green (1887)
  10 b brown
  10 b green (1887)
  30 b brown
  30 b green (1887)
  50 b brown
  50 b green (1890?)
  60 b brown
  60 b green (1890?)

1911 Number, new design, inscription 'TAXA DE PLATA'

  2 b blue
  5 b blue
  5 b black (1918)
  10 b blue
  10 b black (1918)
  15 b blue
  20 b blue
  20 b black (1918)
  30 b blue
  30 b black (1918)
  50 b blue
  50 b black (1918)
  60 b blue
  60 b black (1921)
  1 L black (1921)
  2 L blue
  2 L black (1921)
  3 L black (1923)
  6 L black (1923)

1918 Postage stamps, overprinted 'TAXA DE PLATA'

  5 b green
  10 b red

Rumanian post office in Constantinopel (in Turkey, now called Istanbul)

Between 1896 and 1919, a Romanian post office was operating in Constantinopel and Romanian stamps were used.

1896 Stamps of Rumania, surcharged in 'PARAS' or 'PIASTRE'

  10 p on 5 b blue
  20 pa on 10 b green
  1 Pi on 25 b violet

Bogus value:

('30 PARA 30' on 15 b)


1919 Stamps of Rumania, overprinted 'Posta Romana Constantinopol' in a circle

  5 b green (postage stamp)
  5 b green (semi fiscal stamp, 'timbru de ajutor')
  10 b red
  15 b brown
  25 b blue (overprint red)
  40 b brown (overprint red)

Forgeries exist of these overprints, the second 'T' of 'CONSTANTINOPEL' has its upper horizontal stroke separated from the vertical stroke in the genuine stamps. In the forgeries it is connected. For more information see: http://home.no.net/bhb1/ro-fk1e.htm.

Newspaper stamps


Parcel stamps

1895 Number, inscription 'TAXA DE FACTAGIU'

(Reduced size)

  25 b red

Postcards, examples:

The first Romanian postal card was issued in 1873. When King Carol I celebrated 25 years since he was on the throne, Romania issued the first commemorative postal card in the world. It was valid for postage only three days (sorry, no picture available yet).

Telegraph stamps

1871 Inscription Serviciul Telegrafic, example:

The following values exist: 1 L grey, 2 L yellow and 5 L blue. The used examples are cancelled by a rectangular postmark and bear also pencil marks (see the 1 L stamp for an example).

The values 25 b brown and 50 b blue exist.

In 1916, Romania declared war against Germany and Austro-Hungary. After the war, Transylvania and Bucovina, became part of Romania. All the Hungarian stamps found at post offices in Transylvania were overprinted with Romanian currency and were valid for postage in the whole of Romania until 1922. The overprinting was done in Cluj and Oradea in 1919, the Cluj issue having the currency inscribes in “BANI” and “LEI”, and the Oradea one in “Bani” and “Lei”. The quantity of the overprinted stamps varies between 100 and 1,700,000 depending on how many complete sheets were found. Be careful, forgeries exist!

Cluj issue Oradea issue

In 1919, Romanian troops entered Hungary to fight against the bolshevists. For several months Romanian soldiers helped the Hungarian people with food and clothes. Several Hungarian stamps were overprinted with the text “Zona de ocupatie românã”, and new stamps also issued. However, it seems this was done only for philatelic purposes and most of these stamps known today are in mint condition. Forgeries are known to exist as well as several private issues. Example:

Fiscal stamps

Example, inscription 'ROMANIA TIMBRU FISCAL':

(Reduced size)

For fiscal stamps with overprint 'M.V.I.R.' or 'Gultig 9.Armee', see in Cd 1 under German occupation of Rumania (during World War I).


1915 Inscription 'TRAIAN TIMBRU DE AJUTOR 1915'

Besides the 10 b red stamp shown above, I have also seen the value 10 b green

Copyright by Evert Klaseboer

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