Romania stamps

P=have O=don’t have it

Flag of Romania

Romania is a country located at the crossroads of Central and Southeastern Europe, north of the Balkan Peninsula, on the Lower Danube, within and outside the Carpathian arch, bordering on the Black Sea. Almost all of the Danube Delta is located within its territory. Romania shares a border with Hungary and Serbia to the west, Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova to the northeast, and Bulgaria to the south.

Location of  Romania  (green)– on the European continent  (light green & grey)– in the European Union  (light green)  —  [Legend]



Scott: #421-7O

Issued: 20.11.1932

75th Anniversary, First Moldovian Stamps

#5 Inside #421: Romania Type A2O (B) (Pic of #5)

 Inside #422-4, #426-7: Romania Type A1O (B) (Pic of #1)

#11 Inside #425: Romania Type A3O (B) (Pic of #11)


Scott: #428O

#161 Inside #428: Romania Type A25P (B) (Pic of #161P)


Scott: #B425P

Issued: 27.1.1950

Bucharest Philatelic Exhibition

%234 Inside #B425: Romania #4O (B)

#698G Inside #B425: Romania #698GP (B) – Changed color


Scott: #1252-6P, #1257O, 1258-9P

Issued: 15.11.1958

Centenary of Romanian Stamps

Inside #1252: Stamp Printing

Inside #1255: Stamp on Envelope

 Inside #1253, #1256: Romania #1O

#2 Inside #1257: Romania #2O

#4 Inside #1258: Romania #4O

#3 Inside #1259: Romania #3O



Scan not available Inside #C57, #C57-1: Romania #1aO

The Souvenir Sheets shows the only known tête-bêche pair of 27 parale, conserved at the Library of the Romanian Academy



Romania #C57 in Dull Red and Imperf



Romania #C57 Overprint in 1959 in vermilion to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the State Philatelic Trade

Issued: 25.4.1959


Scott: #1297P

Issued: 15.11.1959

Stamp Day

Inside #1297: Stamp Collecting


Scott: #C111O

Issued: 15.11.1961

Stamp Day

#923 Inside #C111: Romania #923P

#C49 Inside #C111: Romania #C49P

Inside #C111: Romania #791?? - TBI

Inside #C111: Romania #698A?? - TBI

#797 Inside #C111: Romania #797O

#1381 Inside #C111: Romania #1381O

Inside #C111: Romania #?? - TBI

Inside #C111: Romania #?? - TBI

Inside #C111: Romania #CB11?? - TBI

Inside #C111: Romania #?? - TBI


Scott: #C119-22P

Issued: 27.7.1962

Peaceful Space Exploration

#C49 Inside #C119: Romania #C49P

#C51 Inside #C119: Romania #C51P

#C56 Inside #C119: Romania #C56P

#C73 Inside #C120: Romania #C73P

%23C74 Inside #C120: Romania #C74P

%23C75 Inside #C120: Romania #C75P

#1200 Inside #C121: Romania #1200P

#C58 Inside #C121: Romania #C58P

#C88 Inside #C121: Romania #C88P

#C104b Inside #C122: Romania #C104P

%23C109 Inside #C122: Romania #C109P

#C110 Inside #C122: Romania #C110P


Scott: #C122aP


Scott: #C127P

Issued: 15.11.1962

Stamp Day

#14 Inside #C127 (On Label): Romania #14O


Scott: #C128O

Issued: 30.3.1963

Romanian Philatelists' Association Conference - Overprint #C127





Scott: #C146-50P, #CB22P

Issued: 15.11.1963

15th UPU Congress

#1256 Inside #C146: Romania #1256P

#1200 Inside #C147: Romania #1200P

#c104a Inside #C148: Romania #C104aP

#C123 Inside #C149: Romania #C123P

#C125 Inside #C149: Romania #C125P

#965 Inside #C150: Romania #965O


#159 Inside #???: Romania #159O (Modified)

#14 Inside #???: Romania #14O


Scott: #B427O

Issued: 15.11.1968

Stamp Day

#1 Inside #B427: Romania Type A1O


Scott: #B428P

Issued: 15.11.1969

Stamp Day

#1 #2 #3 #4

Inside #B428: Romania #1-4O


Scott: #2162P

Issued: 19.4.1970

Franco-Romanian Maximafil Philatelic Exhibition

Inside #2162: Romania #2162


Scott: #B429P

Issued: 15.11.1970

Stamp Day

#5 Inside #B429: Romania #5O

#6 Inside #B429: Romania #6O

#7 Inside #B429: Romania #7O


Scott: #B430O

Issued: 15.11.1971

Stamp Day

#12 Inside #B430 (On Label): Romania #12O


Scott: #2347P

Issued: 25.7.1972

Centenary of the Stamp Printing Office

Inside #2347: Stamp Printing


Scott: #2405P

Issued: 19.2.1973

Publicity for Philatelic Exhibition

Inside #2405: Pseudo Stamp


Scott: #2442AP

Issued: 15.11.1973

Stamp Day

#1 Inside #2442A (On Label): Romania Type A1O



Scott: #2486-2O

Issued: 11.5.1974

Centenary, UPU

Inside #2491: Stamp Collecting

Inside #2492: Stamp on Envelope


Scott: #J133P, #J134O

Issued: 1.1.1974

Postage Due

Inside #J133-4: Pseudo Stamp


Scott: #2542P

Issued: 15.3.1975

Espana '75

Inside #2542 (In logo in margin): Pseudo Stamp


Scott: #2543P

Issued: 26.3.1975

Introduction of Postal Code System

Inside #2543: Stamp on Envelope


Scott: #C213P

Issued: 25.7.1977


Inside #C213: Stamp on Envelope


Scott: #2730O

Issued: 28.8.1977

Centenary of San Marino Stamps

Inside #2730: Pseudo Stamp


Scott: #C214P

Issued: 10.9.1977


Inside #C214: Stamp on Envelope

Michel Block #155P

Unlisted in Scott

Issued: 16.10.1978

Essen ’78 Exhibition

Inside Michel Block #155: Michel # 3274 from Block 122

Low wrote: This is another Romania issue not listed in Scott under their “limited distribution” policy, but 70,000 numbered s/s were issued, and it is often offered online for lower prices than it originally was sold for. The reproduced stamp is also unlisted for the same reason, but that s/s with an issue of 38,500, is much more expensive.

Thanks to Lou Guadagno


Scott: #2971P

Issued: 18.9.1980

Romanian - Chinese Philatelic Exhibit

Inside #2971: Stamp Collecting

Michel Block #183O

Issued: 28.10.1981

“For Peace in Europe” - Publicity: European Security and Cooperation Conference

Inside Michel Block #183: Mi 3284 from s/s Mi Bl 125, 1975

Inside Michel Block #183: Mi 3438 from s/s Mi Bl 144, 1977

Inside Michel Block #183: Mi 3746 from s/s Mi Bl 175, 1980

Scott doesn’t list any of these under their “limited and controlled issue” category— Block 183 had an issue of 39,500 numbered s/s.

Thanks to Lou Guadagno


Scott: #3034O

Issued: 5.11.1981

Stamp Day

Inside #3034: Stamp Collecting


Scott: #3092-3P

Issued: 10.11.1982

Stamp Day

 Inside #3092: Stamp on Envelope

#3150 #3151 

Scott: #3150-1O

Issued: 24.10.1983

Stamp Day

Inside #3152: Pseudo Stamp

#1 Inside #3152 (Label): Moldavia #1O (inscriptions omitted)


Scott: #3152P


Scott: #3393-8P

Issued: 23.7.1986

Exploration of Tierra del Fuego

Local Inside #3393: Tierra del Fuego Local


Map/Still:Tierra del Fuego

Julius Popper (December 15, 1857 – June 5, 1893) was an engineer, adventurer and explorer of Romanian Jewish origin. He is responsible for the modern outline of the city of Havana, uba. As a "conquistador" of Tierra del Fuego in southern South America he was a controversial but influential figure.

Popper was born in Bucharest, son of Professor Neftali Popper, a prosperous antique merchant. He studied in Paris before arriving to Argentina on 1885 hoping to find gold. In 7 Sep. 1886, together with eighteen people, he as captain, chief engineer, mineralogist, journalist and photographer, they started the "Popper Expedition" and found gold dust on the beach of El Páramo, a Patagonian peninsula. Expedition was rigorously and strictly enforced after military standards with heavily armed men with Popper in direct command of everything. He succeeded in unearthing great amounts of gold and his Compania de Lavaderos de Oro del Sud realized enormous capital gains at the Argentine stock exchange.

In Patagonia, Popper gained dominance with a private army and he issued his own coins and stamps to symbolize his power. When the Argentine peso lost its value in the market crash of 1890, even there his gold coins were regarded as currency.

Popper vigorously fought against his enemies; gold diggers and thieves were castigated after arbitrary law. However, the most controversial aspect of his life is his involvement in the genocide against the native communities in Tierra del Fuego. There is evidence Popper engaged into "hunting" Indians, an activity for which he cashed one pound for every Indian, man, woman or child, that he killed[. Photographs from the period show him and his men massacring onas with rifles and automatic weapons.

Opposing Argentine Governors were eliminated by intrigues and through the media. Therefore, he was granted more and more land by the government. Popper even prepared an expedition to enforce the Argentine claim for parts of Antarctica.

After his sudden death at the age of 35 his empire collapsed. Popper died in Buenos Aires, the cause of death remains unclear, but sources reveal being assassinated in his hotel room by a stranger.


Scott: #3593P

Issued: 14.10.1989

French Revolution Bicentennial

Inside #3593: Pseudo Stamp


Scott: #C284O

Issued: 17.11.1989

World Stamp Expo '89

Inside #C284: Stamp on Envelope, Pseudo Stamp


Scott: #3601P

Issued: 2.5.1990

150th Anniversary, Penny Black

 Inside #3601: G.B. #O1

The first ID was G.B. #1 but Lou wrote:  There are V-R initials instead of crosses in the top corners of the artist representation of the "Penny Black" so the stamp is Gt. Britain #O1, the unissued Official stamp of 1840.

 Inside #3601: Romania #1O

In the background the Alexandra Palace in London, the place where the exhibition was held.


Scott: #3710O

Issued: 20.12.1991

Stamp Day

 Inside #3710 (On Label): Romania #1O


Scott: #3743P

Issued: 24.4.1992

Grenada '92

#1 Inside #3743: Spain #1P

 Inside #3743: Romania #1O


Scott: #4023O

Issued: 15.7.1995

Stamp Day

hhr2B.jpg (15573 bytes) Inside #4023: Romanian Hotel Local – 1895O

Komlóssy Zoltán wrote: Hohe Rinne's the case
The Scottish 4023 issue, published in 1995, depicts the 1st edition of the „Hohe Rinne”  stamp published in 1895. This stamp was not issued by any post office, but by the Transylvanian Carpathian Association (Siebenbürgischer Karpathenverein) (SKV), which has been authorized by the Hungarian Post to provide postal services to the nearest post office and return to its holiday resort guests. you can charge a fee for this service, or print a stamp to prove it  Transylvania belonged to Hungary at this time until the end of World War I, the postal service was carried out by Magyar Posta (Hungarian Post), therefore these stamps should be considered as Hungarian stamps. Transsylvania was attached to Romania after the 1st World War considerihg conclusion of peace. That’s why the stamp Hohe Rinne” nr.8th edition (issued 1923) and 9 th edition (issued 1924) are Romanian stamps, but previous ones are not. .((Dr Ettre, László: Az erdélyi magánhotelposták története (History of Transylvanian private hotel posts) …Budapest 1986))
Similarly, "Bistra" stamps should be considered Hungarian stamps until 1920. (Romania 2007, Scott 4975-6)


Scott: #4114O

Issued: 15.7.1996

Stamp Day

Inside #4114: Pseudo Stamp


Scott: #4229-30O

Issued: 17.9.1998

140th Anniversary of Romanian Stamps

 Inside #4229: Romania #1O

#4 Inside #4230: Romania #4O


Scott: #4231O

#2 Inside #4231: Romania #2O

#3 Inside #4231: Romania #3O

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Mi #U2397-9O (Imprinted envelope)

Issued: 22.5.2000

Stamp Show 2000 Exhibition

 Inside Mi #U2397: Romania-Moldavia #1O

#1 QG Inside Mi #U2398 (in show logo): G. B. #1

Scan not available Inside Mi #U2399: G. B. Rowland Hill essays, 1839

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Mi: #P1346-57O

Issued: 14.10.2000

Old Picture Postal Card Exhibition, "Remembrances of Bucharest"

#121 Inside Mi #P1346: Romania #121O

#136 Inside Mi #P1347: Romania #136O

#123 Inside Mi #P1348: Romania #123O

#137 Inside Mi #P1349: Romania #137O

#127 Inside Mi #P1350: Romania # 127P

#225 Inside Mi #P1351: Romania #225O

#207 Inside Mi #P1352: Romania #207O

#220 Inside Mi #P1353: Romania #220P

#208 Inside Mi #P1354: Romania #208P

#210 Inside Mi #P1355: Romania #210O

#275 Inside Mi #P1356: Romania #275O

Scan not available Inside Mi #P1357: Romania #275AO

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Scott: Mi#P1346a-57aO

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Scott: #????O

Issued: 0.6.2001

International Collectors Bourse 2001

 Inside #????: Romania-Moldavia #1O

Scott: #4485O

Issued: 9.10.2001

Dialogue among Civilizations

Inside #4485: Pseudo Stamp on Envelope

Thanks to Lloyd Gilbert


Scott: #4522O

Issued: 10.6.2002

50th Anniversary, International Dealers Association

#4 Inside #4522a: Moldavia #4O

 Inside #4522a: Moldavia #1O

#2 Inside #4522a: Moldavia #2O


Scott: #???? EnvelopesO

Issued: 15.6.2002

50th Anniversary, International Dealers Association

 Inside #????: Moldavia #1O (Modified)

#10 Inside #????: Moldavia #10O


Scott: #4534O

Issued: 9.8.2002

Postal services

Inside #4534: Stamps in album 

Scott: #????O

Issued: 00.00.2002

Imprinted Postal Card – Romanian Postal History

 Inside #????: Moldavia #1O

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Scott: #????O

Issued: 00.00.2002

Imprinted Postal Card – EFIRO 2003 Exhibition

Inside #????: Romania #???

ROM2002 (1)

Scott: #???O

(thanks to Komlóssy Zoltán for the scan)

Issued: 00.10.2002

Imprinted Card – HUNFILA 2002 Exhibition

 Inside #???: Moldavia #1O

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Scott: #???O

Issued: 00.00.2003

Imprinted Card – Classic Cover

 Inside #???: Moldavia #1O

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Scott: #???O

Issued: 00.00.2003

Imprinted Envelope, 140th Anniversary, Stamp Unified Princ

Scan not available Inside #???: Wallachia #1

Scott: #???O

Issued: 00.00.2003

Imprinted Envelope, Baricada Phil Club Exhibition

 Inside #???: Moldavia #1O

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Scott: #???O

Issued: 00.00.2003

Imprinted Card, Various Philatelic subjects

 Inside #???: Moldavia #1O

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Scott: #????, #???? (Imprinted Cards)

Issued: 00.03.2003

Centenary issue of 1903

#167 Inside #????: Romania #167O proof, unvalued

#160 Inside #????: Romania #160O proof, unvalued


Romania 2004

Scott: #B462O

Issued: 25.3.2004

90th Anniversary, Foundation of the Romanian Olympic Committee M/S

#125 Inside #B462: Greece #125O

Scott: #4633O

Issued: 24.4.2004

51st Gen. Assembly Int’l Council for Game & Wildlife Conservation

 Inside #4633 (In margin): Romania-Moldavia #1O

Thanks to Lloyd Gilbert


Scott: #B463O

Issued: 15.7.2004

Efiro 2004 / Stamp Day

 Inside #B463: Romania-Moldavia #1O

Scott: #B464O

"Stamps are miniature documents of human history. They mirror the past, show the present and presage the future. In short, postage stamps creations portray a vivid picture of the world, the people and their multifarious endeavors."
"THE NATIONAL PHILATELIC MUSEUM" was created with the purpose of becoming a center of learning and activity that enables those of all ages, united by the same hobby, philately. 
For over a century, General Direction of Post and Telegraph had multiple attempts to create such a museum, but just in the interbelic period postal museum was created in one of the room of Postal Palace (now, Museum of National History of Romania). The existence of this museum was a brief livelihood. The 2004 year is the year of reborn of this institution, who will, insistence, goodwill and the effort of those close to philately and post, managed to transpose in real imagine.
The National Philatelic Museum is a cultural institution with a mission to promote knowledge and understanding of the world, through the study of stamps, letters, and other means of people´s communication through the mail. The Museum is hosted by the building of the National Museum of Romanian History.
A permanent concern of this institution is the acquisition of different philatelic items for the completion and enrichment of the collection. The National Philatelic Museum proposes a visit of numerous philatelic pearls, including some unique in the world. Here are expose the stencil who gave birth of the famous Aurach’s Head or the essays and stamp probe who gave the colour and interest of any collections. The Museum invites to a visit in the postal stamp and postal history.
Romfilatelia S.A. marks this event by releasing a postage stamp who represents the building where is the Museum. The postal card which reproduces the imagine, is part of Mr. Leonard Pascanu’s collections.

Romania upu 2004aRomania upu 2004bRomania upu 2004c

Romania upu 2004dRomania upu 2004eRomania upu 2004f

Scott: #4660-5O

Issued: 10.9.2004

UPU Congresses in Philately

2004H Inside #4660: Romania #4619bO Previous UPU Congress Issues (2004)

#589 Inside #4661: Switzerland #589P

#1794 Inside #4662: Korea #1794O

%232868 Inside #4663: China (PRC) #2868O

#2434-7 Inside #4664: US #2434O

#1629 Inside #4665: Brazil #1629O

General Postal Union was founded in 1874, by the Berne Treaty, under the attention of Heinrich von Stephen, a high ranking official in the postal administration of Northern Germany Confederation. The act of birth of the Union was signed by the representatives of 22 countries, and Romania was one of them, on October 9th,1874, which became the World Day of the Postal Administration.
From the Romanian side, the foundation signature belongs to the General Director of Posts and Telegraph, George Lahovari. The Bern Treaty allowded the harmonization of separate postal services networks from a wider territory.
In 1878, the General Postal Union changed its name into the Universal Postal Union and in 1948 became a specialized agency of UNO.
With 190 member countries and being in continuos expansion, the Universal Postal Union is the main forum of cooperation between national postal administrations.
The mission of UPU is to find the proper means for developing the quality and the accessibility of the postal services, in order to facilitate communication between people all overthe world.
The Universal Postal Union Congress is the supreme authority of the UPU and joins together representatives of all member countries. It takes place once every five years and, in 2004, the honour to host the 23rd Universal Postal Congress goes to Romania. Romania is the first EastEuropean country to host this major event.
To mark the special involvement of UPU in the proper development of the postal activities, Romfilatelia, the specialized company in issuing and trading philatelic items in Romania, releases one issue entitled "UPU Congresses in philately". Each of the six postage stamps reproduces issue in the "stamp of stamp" system, one of the stamps released by the Postal Administrations that hosted this impressive event, in previous years.

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Scott: #???? (Imprinted envelope)

Issued: 16.9.2004

National Maximafilately Exhibition

#B435 Inside #????: Romania #B435O


Scott: #???? (Imprinted envelope)

Issued: 27.9.2004

International Participation EFIRO 2004

 Inside #????: Romania #130O

Inside #???? (In margin): Romania #117, #119, #121, #123, #???, #127-9

Scott: #???? (Imprinted envelope)

Issued: 29.9.2004

75th Anniversary, Meter Postage

Scan not available Inside #????: Romania meter imprint, 1929






Scott: #4757O

Issued: 30.09.2005

Natl. Philatelic Museum, 1st Anniversary

 Inside #4757: Romania-Moldavia #1O

On the occasion of the celebration of 1 year since the foundation of the National Philatelic Museum, Romfilatelia is releasing the philatelic issue called the National Philatelic Museum – 1 year since the foundation. 
The national Philatelic Museum, inaugurated on October 1st 2004, on the occasion of the 23rd Congress of the Universal Postal Union, in the presence of 40 ministers, representatives of the Postal Administrations from the entire world, is hosted within the National Museum of History of Romania.  Built in a neoclassical style, by the plans of the architect Al. Savulescu, the museum building has hosted the Central Post of the Bucharest city until 1970. 
In 1981, the General Department of Posts and Telegraph has founded the first version of the postal museum.  Extensive measures have been taken for the foundation of a Postal Museum, so that at the beginning of the XX century, the postal museum has been introduced to the public for the first time, within the General Exhibition from 1906. The famous architect Grigore Cerchez, Postmaster General, has built an old postal inn where postal history items have been exhibited, together with numerous stamps belonging to the general Department of Posts and Telegraph.  However, the museum did not last for long.
The year 2004 represents the rebirth of the institution, which is currently hosting within its three halls with a surface of more than 600 sqm a part of the Romanian Post treasury.  In the "Cezar Librecht” hall (the first postmaster general from Moldavia and Muntenia) one may admire various postal items used throughout time:  a desk from a post office, letter boxes, boxes for the transport of valuable items, stamps, bugles, postal bags, coachmen uniforms.  In the "Dimitrie C. Butculescu" hall (the founding president of the Romanian Philatelic Society) one may observe a rich and comprehensive bibliography of the Romania philatelic history.  The exhibits also include numerous diplomas and medals obtained in time by the Romanian Post.  In the "George Lahovary" hall (the Romanian representative to the birth of the General Postal Union in 1874, which in 1878 turned into the Universal Postal Union), there is a part of the treasury adding up to 11 million stamps, some of which are unique pieces throughout the world.  The most rare are the famous "Bull's Head" issued in Moldavia in 1858, a symbol of the independence of the Romanian Princedom before the Turkish Empire.  Actually, the "Bull's Head" was the first Romanian postage stamp occurring in the South-East of Europe, before Greece (1861), Turkey (1863), Serbia (1866and Bulgaria (1879). Another valuable exhibit introduced as sheets is the issue "Carol I with whiskers" or "with beard" from 1866-1872. The original steel moulds with which the first issue of the "Bull's Head" had been printed are also displayed here, together with stamp patterns starting ever since 1872. 
The National Philatelic Museum, perceived as a cultural institution of the Romanian Post, has the mission to promote the knowledge and the understanding of the world by studying stamps, letters or any other means of communication by post.  
The pattern of the stamp presenting the theme of the event, made by the famous painter and illustrator Devis Grebu, is originally associating the bull's head (a reproduction of the first Romanian stamps) to the texts symbolizing the celebration of the first year of existence of the National Philatelic Museum. 
With a face value of 40 bani, the stamp is introduced to the collectors a postage stamp sheets and also as an interesting variant of tęte-bęche.

Scott: #4762a-bO

Thanks to Lloyd Gilbert for scan

Issued: 4.11.2005

160th Birth Anniversary, D. Butculescu

 Inside #4762a: Romania-Moldavia #1O


Scott: #4820-23P

Issued: 8.5.2006

140 Years since the foundation of the Romanian Royal Dynasty &

 125 Years since the Proclamation of the Romanian Kingdom

#29 Inside #4820: Romania #29O Charles I (issued in 1866)

#248 Inside #4821: Romania #248O Ferdinand I (issued in 1920)

#376 Inside #4822: Romania #376O Charles II (issued in 1930)

#513 Inside #4823: Romania #513P Michael I (issued in 1940)


Scott: #4823aO


Scott: #4824O

#180 Inside #4824: Romania #180O 40 years of the reign of Charles I (issued in 1906)

Romfilatelia, the company specialized in issuing and trading Romanian postage stamps, is now releasing under the title of HISTORICAL EVENTS, a philatelic issue dedicated to the anniversary of 140 years since the Foundation of the Romanian Royal Dynasty and of 125 years since the Proclamation of the Romanian Kingdom.
On the 5th of January 1859, in Iaºi, Moldavians elected Alexandru Ioan Cuza as ruler, and on the 24th of January, the Elective Assembly of Walachia  granted him the same title in this principality. In 1862, on the very same 24th of January, the name of the country becomes Romania, with its capital city in Bucharest. During the following years, Cuza starts a reforming program that will lead to the modernization of the country, but will also create the dissatisfaction of the leading political group. In February 1866, Cuza is forced to abdicate, therefore the idea of bringing a foreign prince to rule the country is adopted again. 
The Lordly Lieutenancy created after dismissing Cuza, published "a proclamation to the people", in April 1866, recommending the election, through a plebiscite, of prince Charles of Hohenzollern - Sigmaringen, as the ruler of Romania, under the name of Charles I (1839-1914). 
According to the result of the plebiscite, widely favorable to prince Charles, he becomes, on the 10th of May 1866, the Prince of the Romanian United Princedoms. After only one month, more precisely on the 30th of June 1866, Charles I promulgated the Constitution which, under its 1st article  sanctifies the name of the country as follows: "Prince of the Romanians by the grace of God and through our national will; hail to you all, present and future!... The Romanian United Princedoms are now a single, undivided State, called Romania." In 1869 he married Elisabeth of Wied, also known by her literary pseudonym Carmen Sylva. 
Ever since his coming, Charles I militated for the achievement of the national desideratum: to gain the independence and sovereignty of Romania. The Russian-Turkish war that began in the spring of year 1877, as well as Russia´s request that the Romanian armies join the Russian ones, gave the occasion to the Parliament of the country to proclaim, on the 9th of May 1877, the independence of the Romanian State. 
Romania´s affirmation as an independent European country imposed the change of its status of Princedom. 
In this context, in 1881, on the 26th of March, Charles I received the title of King and Romania becomes Kingdom. After proclaiming the Kingdom, Charles I appointed Ferdinand, the second son of his elder brother, as the heir of the throne. Thus assuring the continuity of the Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen Dynasty, whose name is transformed, starting with King Ferdinand I, into "Casa de Romania". After Ferdinand I (the Unifyer), the throne was inherited by his son, King Charles II and his nephew, son of Charles II, King Michael I of Romania.
During the 48 years of the reign of Charles I, Romania crossed a period of outstanding development in the economic, social and cultural fields, witnessing at the same time a consolidation of the democratic institutions of the State.
The issue, composed of four postage stamps (also prepared as a philatelic block with the Peleº Castle on the background) and a perforated miniature sheet, reunites, in a unitary graphics, representative images of postage stamps belonging to the first series issued with the effigy of each of the four kings: Charles I (1866), Ferdinand I (1920), Charles II (1930), Michael I (1940).
The postage stamp of the miniature sheet reproduces one of the ten postage stamps of the jubilee series "40 years of reign of Charles I" (1906) that reunites the effigies of Charles I as ruler and king.


Scott: #4871-4P

Issued: 30.7.2006

World Philatelic Exhibition EFIRO 2008

 Inside #4871: Romania #1O

%232 Inside #4872: Romania #2O

%234 Inside #4873: Romania #4O

%233 Inside #4874: Romania #3O


Scott: #4875O

In 2008, 150 years shall have passed since the issue of the first Romanian postage stamp, the famous “Bull Head”. On this occasion, Romania shall organize the first World Philatelic Exhibition, called EFIRO 2008.
To promote this major philatelic event among the population, Romfilatelia, the specialized company in issuing and trading Romanian postage stamps, introduces into the circulation the philatelic issue World Philatelic Exhibition EFIRO 2008.
The first EFIRO exhibition (E-exhibition FI-philatelic RO-Romanian) with international participation took place in 1932, under the high patronage of King Charles II. The following two exhibitions took place at the Parliament Palace in 1998 and 2004.
In 2008, at the Romexpo complex, where the World Philatelic Exhibition EFIRO 2008 shall take place, postage stamps from the collections of Queen Elisabeth of Great Britain and of Prince Albert de Monaco shall be exhibited. Besides these, “Penny Black”, the first postage stamp in the world (1840) shall be present, as well as several copies of the first Romanian postage stamp – “Bull Head”. At the same time, another philatelic rarity shall be exhibited, i.e. a letter dating back from the World War II, which still carries the traces of the radiations of the Hiroshima bomb.
More than 1000 collectors coming from more than 70 countries of the world are expected to participate in this World Philatelic Exhibition.
The philatelic issue presents in the “stamp on stamp” style the postage stamps of the first issue “Bull Head” (15th of July 1858).
The postage stamps of the issue having the face value of RON 0.30, 0.50, 1.20 and 1.60 carry the image of the four postage stamps issued in 1858, i.e. of the face values of 27, 54, 81 and 108 Parale. The images of the postage stamps are associated to labels whose leitmotif is the Moldavian Blazon, carved in stone, in four different hypostases.
The postage stamp of the perforated souvenir sheet, having the face value of RON 2.20, reunites in a unitary graphic representation the drawing of the postage stamp “Bull Head” and the image of the Moldavian bull in his natural habitat.
All the components of the issue carry the logo of EFIRO 2008.

Scott: #4975-6O

Issued: 18.7.2007

100th Anniversary, Bistra Stamps

Bistra hotel stamps

Inside #4975-6: Bistra Local Post StampsO

149 years ago, on July 15th 1858, was issued the first Romanian postage stamp, the famous „Bull head”.
The Universal Postal Union’s Congress, which took place in Paris in 1937, decided that each member country should celebrate the own postage stamp. Thus, the date of 15 July represents Romanian Postage Stamp Day. This year, in the context of annual theme ROMANIAN POSTAGE STAMP DAY, Romfilatelia introduces into circulation the postage stamps issue Centenary of the Bistra Local Postage Stamps. 
Bistra was, at the beginning of the 20th century, a small resort opened for the tourists exclusively for the summer period, located at 50 km South of the city Sebes-Alba, in the Western side of the Cindrel Mountains.
During the summer seasons of 1905 – 1906, the Sebes Section of the Carpathian Association of Tourists from Ardeal (Siebenbürgischer Karpathen Verein – S.K.V.) intitiated a regular post and tourist transport which connected Sebes and Bistra during the months of July and August. For the certification on the correspondences of the local transport fee collected by the Bistra Post Office, S.K.V. started in 1907 using own local postage stamps. Two local Bistra postage stamps were printed, with the face value of 2 and respectively 6 Heller.
The Bistra stamps of 2 Heller remained non-issued due to the increase of the local postage fee from 2 Heller to 6 Heller, at the beginning of the summer of 1907, after their printing. 
The objects of correspondence stamped with these ones, in the summers between 1907 and 1913, are today first degree philatelic rarities.
On the stamp with the face value of RON 0.50, we encounter the Bistra local postage stamp of 6 Heller and an image from the Lower Colony, with a period piece carriage.
The stamp with the face value of RON 2.10, presents the Bistra local postage stamp of 2 Heller and an image from the Upper Colony, including the resort postman.

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Issued: 17.8.2007

World Philatelic Exhibition EFIRO 2008

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#10a Inside #4988: Romania #10O

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Issued: 08.05.2008

Europa 2008 – Letters

#1146 Inside #5042: Switzerland #1146O


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Thanks to Lou Guadagno

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Issued: 20.6.2008

World Philatelic Exhibition, Bucharest - EFIRO 2008

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Thanks to Lou Guadagno



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Issued: 20.6.2008

World Philatelic Exhibition, Bucharest - EFIRO 2008

#5 Inside #5046: Romania #5O

#12 Inside #5047: Romania #12O

#22 Inside #5048: Romania #22O

#108 Inside #5049: Romania #108O

#158 Inside #5050: Romania #158O

#415 Inside #5051: Romania #415O


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#B40 ss Inside #5052: Romania #B40O (Thanks to Lou)


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The 6 Efiro 2008 stamps were issued in se tenant/tete beche sheetlets of 8 with #s 1-4 in the margins (Thanks to Lou)


Scott: #5051bO (Thanks to Lou)

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Issued: 24.09.2012

150th Anniversary of the Romanian Post

 Inside #????: Romania (Moldavia-Walachia) #11O

 Inside #????: Romania (Moldavia-Walachia) #12O

 Inside #????: Romania (Moldavia-Walachia) #14O

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 Inside #???? (In margin): Romania #158O (changed color)

Thanks to Lou Guadagno for the IDs and scans

Thanks to Prof. Plinio Richelmi


Following the natural course of historical events after the Union of the Romanian Principalities in 1859, the administrative and political institutions of the two Romanian states had to be unified.

This would happen after three years on 24 January 1862, when the two Assemblies of Moldavia and Wallachia started operating as a unique legislative body.

In March 1862, it was enacted the unification of postal administrations of the two Principalities and the new entity started operating effectively in August of the same year, in Bucharest under the name of “Unified General Direction of Post”.

The postal tariff mainly aimed at reducing the postal fees following the increase of mail traffic and the introduction of unique fees for the entire country, regardless of distance.

Knowing that Moldavia already had a more efficient postal service than Wallachia since there, the use of the postage stamps had already been introduced, special measures had to be taken to improve the whole postal activity in Wallachia as well.

In May 1862, once with the coming into effect of the new tariffs, the postage stamps issue “Moldova II” was withdrawn from circulation, and in June and July, the postage stamps issue “United Principalities”, a hand printed one, was released in Wallachia (June 28) and Moldavia (July 15).

The postage stamps having the face values of 3, 6 and 30 parale were reproduced in the three colours of the national flag. The 3 parale postage stamp was yellow, the 6 parale red and the 30 parale blue. The printing of stamps was executed in “tête-bêche” position, on a rudimentary press brought from Iasi.

The images reproduced on the postage stamps were the heraldic signs of the two Principalities: the Wallachian eagle and the Moldavian bull.

In 1864, the second issue “United Principalities”, a machine printed postage stamps issue, was launched as were brought new equipments.

After ten years, in 1874, at Bern, by George Lahovary’s signature, Romania became one of the founding members of the General Postal Union (since 1878 – Universal Postal Union).

In 1948, the Universal Postal Union became a specialized institution of the United Nations Organization being the main forum for cooperation between the postal services and the accurate assurance of a universal network of services and products of the current post office.

In 2004, the 23rd UPU Congress took place in Bucharest, being the first Congress organized in an East European country.

The 24th UPU Congress was hosted by Geneva in 2008, a year when Romania organized the World Philatelic Exhibition EFIRO to mark the 150th anniversary since the issuing of the famous stamps “Bull’s Head -1858” by the postal services of Moldavia, only 18 years later since the putting into circulation of the first postage stamps in the world in Great Britain.

Between 24 September and 15 October 2012, the 25th Congress of the Universal Postal Union will take place in Doha, Qatar, a congress where the representatives of the 192 UPU member states will participate.

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary since the setting up of the Unified General Direction of Post from RomaniaRomfilatelia introduces into circulation a postage stamps issue dedicated to this event which will be presented to the Congress in Doha, in the context of Romania’s participation to this assembly.

The stamp with the face value of lei 1.00 reproduces the images of the three stamps belonging to postage stamps issue "United Principalities”, released in 1862.

The stamp with the face value of lei 8.10 reproduces the image of the building of the Post Palace in Bucharest, built between 1894-1900 using the blueprints of the architect Alexandru Savulescu.


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Issued: 26.07.2013

Numismatic Collection of the National Bank of Romania

 Inside #???? (On Label): Romania #45O

 Inside #???? (On Label): Romania #188O

 Inside #???? (On Label): Romania #250O

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Thanks to Lou Guadagno

romania 14 (2)

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Issued: 25.10.2014

Witnessing History:  King Michael I

 sos romania 326 1928 Inside #???? (In margin): Romania #326P

sos romania 506  1940 Inside #???? (In margin): Romania #506O

sos romania 647  1947 Inside #???? (In margin): Romania #647P

Thanks to Lou Guadagno and Prof. Plinio Richelmi

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Issued: 14.12.2015

70th Anniversary of the UN, 60th Anniversary since Romania joined the UN

sos romania 1717  1965 Inside #???? (In margin): Romania #1717O

sos romania 2205  1970 Inside #???? (In margin): Romania #2205O

sos romania 3323  1985 Inside #???? (In margin): Romania #3323O

sos romania 3988  1995 Inside #???? (In margin): Romania #3988

sos romania 4761  2005 Inside #???? (In margin): Romania #4761

In 2015, the United Nations celebrates 70 years since its foundation, through the coming into force of the UN Charter, on October 24th, 1945, and 60 years since Romania joined the organization. On this occasion, Romfilatelia introduces into circulation the postage stamp issue celebrating these two events. 

The UN was created as a project for maintaining peace and preventing new global conflicts, reflecting the vision of the victorious allies of the Second World War. Romania was admitted to the organization under a resolution of the UN General Assembly on December 14th, 1955. 

Romania’s accession was significant in itself as a means of affirmation on the international scene given that until then Romania had been in the shadows of the Iron Curtain. 

After its accession to the UN, the first step for Romania was to explore the political context and the existing possibilities for promoting national interests. 

Romania’s proactive attitude and openness towards relations with Western countries had positive results, such as obtaining the Chairmanship of the General Assembly for the 1967/68 session. It was for the first time when a representative of the socialist group attainted this position, even ahead of some founding members. In addition, Romania was well represented within the secretariats of UN institutions. 

In 1974, Romania hosted the World Population Conference, a prestigious predecessor of high-level Conferences from the 1990s. Bucharest also hosted the most prestigious UNESCO institution outside France, the European Centre for Higher Education. 

After 1989 Romania’s profile and actions at the UN radically changed. 

During the 1990s the UN became a key provider of technical assistance for Romania, focusing on priority areas transformation such as economy, underprivileged children, environment protection, supporting democratic institutions, education and so on. 

The most significant UN funds and programmes opened offices and started implementing programmes for Romania: the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Fund for Children, the United Nations Population Fund, the World Labour Organization, the World Health Organization, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. 

The nature of Romania’s contribution to UN activities also changed. In 1991, for the first time in its history, Romania contributed with troops to UN peacekeeping operations. The involvement peak was reached in 1996, when Romania was ranked the 10th most important UN contributor. This was an important argument backing Romania’s application to join NATO. 

In 2000, for the first time in its history at the UN, Romania was able to pass an important initiative, not only for the consolidation of its new profile at a multilateral level, but also for the UN agenda as such, by means of the Resolution Promoting and Consolidating Democracy (2000), adopted successively by the Human Rights Committee and the General Assembly. 

The decision of the International Court of Justice in the case regarding the maritime delimitation in the Black Sea (2009) is the most important event in the history of relations between Romania and the UN system. 

This decision is not only the most direct and explicit use of the UN system to serve Romania’s national interest, but it also reveals many of the topics promoted by Romanian diplomats at the UN: regional cooperation, observing international law, peaceful resolution of disputes, as well as the role the UN plays for small and medium-sized states. 

Romfilatelia thanks the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the support granted in the creation of this postage stamp issue. 

Thanks to Lou Guadagno

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Issued: 13.05.2015

Europhilex - London 2015

Overprint, revalue on #3601a

#1 Inside #???? (in overprint): Moldavia #1

 romania       fdc 5 13 15

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Imprinted envelope

Thanks to Lou Guadagno

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Issued: 08.09.2015

Discover Moldavia

#1 Inside #???? (In label and margin): Moldavia #1

Thanks to Lou Guadagno

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Issued: 28.05.2016

NY 2016 Stamp Show

#1 Inside #????: Moldavia #1

Thanks to Lou Guadagno

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Issued: 27.04.2018

 85th Anniversary of the Pinacotheque Municipality

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Issued: 16.07.2018

Philatelic Premieres

#1 Inside #????: Moldavia #1

#5 Inside #????: Romania #5O

#10 Inside #????: Moldavia #10O

 Inside #????: Romania #34O

 Inside #????: Romania #45O

About Philatelic Premieres

In the Centenary year of the 1918 Great Union, in the context of the 160thanniversary since the first issue of Romanian postage stamps, known in the list of topics under the title Bull Head (Cap de bour), plus other premieres related to the manner of achieving the production and presentation of the stamps, Romfilatelia introduces into circulation the postage stamps issue Romanian Postage Stamp Day– Philatelic Premieres.

The five face values of this issue are defined as follows:

On the stamp with the face value of lei 1.50 is illustratedthe postage stamp of the first issue from 1858, Bull Head (Cap de bour)(with the face value of 27 parale).

The second stamp, with the face value of lei 2, represents the first stamp with the Latin graphy PORTO GAZETEI, and on the third stamp of the issue, with the face value of lei 3, is represented the first stamp with the Latin graphy PORTO SCRISOREI.

Carol bewhiskered (Carol cu favoriti), the first stamp with the face value expressed in BANI, is illustrated on the stamp with the face value of lei 5, and the first perforated Romanian stamp Carol with beard (Carol cu barba) is represented on the stamp with the face value of lei 19.

A brief presentation of the aforesaid postage stamps begins naturally with the Bull Head (Cap de bour)issue, printed on July 15th, 1858 and put into circulation on July 22nd, 1858 (it was withdrawn in October 1858). At the release date of the issue, the exchange rate was 108 parale (the para/paralewas a former small currency of the Ottoman Empire made from silver that circulated also in the Romanian countries in the 19th-20thcentury) for a French franc. Postage tariffs taken over from the France model - 25 centimes, 50 centimes, 75 centimes and a franc - had the correspondent face values of stamps, namely 27, 54, 81 and 108 parale. The drawing of the stamps, printed for each face value with an individual metallic cliché, reproduces the bull head, element of Moldavia’s coat of arms, along with the post horn, a five-pointed star, the PORTO SCRISOREI legend written in Cyrillic letters and the face value expressed in parale. All elements are entered in a circle of 19.5 mm in diameter for the face values of 27 and 54 parale, 19.75 mm for 81 parale and 20.25 mm for 108 parale.

The postage stamps of the Bull Head (Cap de bour) first issue (July 1858) were printed in sheets of 32 stamps, four rows of eight stamps arranged in such a way that eight pairs of “tęte-bęche” were formed in the middle of the sheet. The special paper, of foreign origin and different thickness, structure and colors, was then manually covered with acacia, yellow-brown gum on the gluing face.

The stamps printing took place at the printing house in Iasi, known as Atelia Timbrului, founded in January 1856 by the Ruler Grigore Alexandru Ghica for the printing of the “Ruler’s stamp”(„Timbrului domnesc”). The press used for the carrying out of the Bull Head (Cap de bour)postage stamps was purchased from Vienna in 1857.

The second Bull Head (Cap de bour) issue was put into circulation simultaneously with the introduction of the single postal tariff on November 1st, 1858 and was withdrawn on May 1st, 1862. Consisting of three postage stamps with face values of 5, 40 and 80 parale, the issue displays changes by comparison with the drawing of the first issue: the bull’s head and the postal horn have different design, the star has six corners instead of five, the legend PORTO SCRISOREIor PORTO GAZETEI is written in Latin, the Cyrillic alphabet remaining for the abbreviated writing PAR (parale). The entire graphic assembly is not engraved in a circle, but in a slightly rectangular-at-the-corners rectangle. The printed stamps also featured 32 postage stamps with eight pairs of “tęte-bęche” at their center. The paper, of English origin, was thin, almost transparent, azure or yellowish.

The postage stamp with the legend PORTO SCRISOREIwas intended for franking postal mail and parcels, and the PORTO GAZETEIlegend was used to the postage franking of newspapers and prints.

The postage stamps of both issues were imperforated and entered the list of large international quotations. It is worth mentioning that, following the appearance of Moldavian postage stamps in 1858, other countries followed the example: Greece (1861), Turkey (1863), Serbia (1866), Hungary (1871), Montenegro (1874), Bulgaria (1879), Albania (1913).

The first issue of Romanian postage stamps known as Carol bewhiskered (Carol cu favoriti), with face value expressed in bani(the smallest divisionary currency of lei used as exchange instrument and means of payment), was put into circulation 150 years ago, in 1868.

The postage stamps of this issue are part of the “lithographed” category and were printed in Bucharest starting with 1864 until 1872. The typographic method used (the print mould was a special limestone stone with perfect flatness) had some inconveniences by comparison with the print executed with metallic cliché or engraved clichés: less bright colors, fine details reproduced with difficulty. This issue marks the moment of introducing the Romanian monetary system with the LEU unit and the BAN division.

It should be noted that the Carol bewhiskered (Carol cu favoriti)postage stamps, with value in PARALE or BANI, were imperforated.

The postage stamp issue Carol with beard (Carol cu barba)belongs to the “lithographed” category and was carried out in two stages: in the years 1871-1872, five postage stamps are issued imperforated and between February and October 1872 a issue of three values, made for the first time as perforated postage stampswas put into circulation.

Thanks to Martin Hirschbühl

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Issued: 03.08.2018

Museum of Romanian Records

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Thanks to Lou Guadagno 

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Issued: 16.01.2019

Romania, a European Treasure

Inside #????: Romania Stamps TBI

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Inside #???? (In margin): Romania Stamps TBI


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Inside #???? (In margin): Romania Stamps TBI

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Inside #???? (In margin): Romania Stamps TBI

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Inside #???? (In margin): Romania Stamps TBI

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Inside #???? (In margin): Romania Stamps TBI

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Inside #???? (In margin): Romania Stamps TBI

Thanks to Attilio Papio

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