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Postal History of Bulgaria Stamps

The first Bulgaria stamps were issued by Bulgaria as a principality in 1st March 1879. Bulgaria had been province of the Ottoman Empire until 1877 when, following a revolt in support of Bosnia-Herzegovina, which had been annexed by Austria-Hungary, and after much fighting and following an intervention by Russia, a principality was established north of the Balkan Mountains. The first Bulgaria stamps are referred to by collectors as the “Large Lions” and were issued in 1879.

Bulgaria remained a principality under Turkey until it became an independent kingdom in 1908. The fascinating and difficult history of the region, including the Balkan Wars, has shaped a fascinating philatelic history. The king was deposed on 15 September 1946 and a People's Republic was declared on the same day. Stamps of the new regime replaced the previous royal issues. The Bulgarian Communist Party (BCP) dominated the post-war scene. After their leader, Todor Zhikov was forced to resign in November 1989, further leadership changes culminated in the National Assembly voting to abolish the BCP's constitutional guarantee of power in January 1990. Later the same year, multi-party elections were held and a new constitution was prepared.
Throughout its history Bulgaria has continued to produce beautiful and fascinating stamps and we would recommend the comprehensive stamp listing in Stanley Gibbons Part 3 Balkans catalogue, also those published by Michel in their Sud – Europa Volume 3 catalogue.

Bulgaria Stamps

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  • Lot 168 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £20 - £25

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    BULGARIA - 1881 25st black & purple Lion, Michel 10, SG 18, fine used
  • Lot 169 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £70 - £80

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    BULGARIA - 1932 Air complete set, Michel 249/51, SG 323/25, NHM, fresh (3)
  • Lot 170 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £40 - £50

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    BULGARIA - 1932 Air set, Michel 249/51, SG 323/25, vfm,28L is NHM, fresh (3)
  • Lot 171 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £20 - £25

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    BULGARIA - 1958 80f Int Geophysical Year IMPERF BL of 4, Mi 1094B, NHM (4)
  • Lot 172 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £20 - £25

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    BULGARIA - 1959 60st Stamp Anniv imperf miniature sheet, Mi Block 5, NHM
  • Lot 173 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £36 - £39

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    BULGARIA - 1979 Space Flight IMPERF mini-sheet,Michel Bl 87,SG MS2737var,NHM
  • Lot 174 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £20 - £25

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    BULGARIA - POSTAGE DUE 1884 rouletted 50st light blue, Mi 3Aa, SG 48a.VFM.
  • Lot 175 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £20 - £25

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    BULGARIA - STAMPS PICTURED on philatelic postcard (Zieher, c.1905), unused.
  • Lot 203 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 07:00

    Est. £150 - £200

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    BULGARIA - 1884-96 POSTAGE DUE STAMPS a never hinged mint range, with 1884-95 lozenge perf 25st. and shades of 50st (4), 1886 imperf 5st (2), 25st, and shades of 50st (6, incl. strip of three), 188...
  • Lot 204 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 07:00

    Est. £30 - £40

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    BULGARIA - 1941-2002 COLLECTION IN THREE LARGE STOCKBOOKS with mint and used issues incl. sets, some earlier Postage Due issues etc. (Qty)

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