• BULGARIA SPORT 1960 Winter Olympics Mi 1153B Imperforate sheet (25)


  • BULGARIA 1979 Space Flight IMPERF mini-sheet,Michel Bl 87,SG MS2737var,NHM


  • BULGARIA 1932 Air set, Michel 249/51, SG 323/25, vfm,28L is NHM, fresh (3)


  • BULGARIA 1932 Air complete set, Michel 249/51, SG 323/25, NHM, fresh (3)


  • BULGARIA STAMPS PICTURED on philatelic postcard (Zieher, c.1905), unused.


  • BULGARIA 1879 – 1881 “LION” SELECTION Used and unused group including 5c black and orange (2 shades) unused, 5c and 10c used, 1881 15c, 25 and 30c, used. Cat £680 (7 stamps)


  • BULGARIA 1959 60st Stamp Anniv imperf miniature sheet, Mi Block 5, NHM


  • BULGARIA 1907 Accession complete set (Michel 66/68, SG 131-39), never hinged mint, 25s with gum disturbance, very fresh. (3 stamps)


  • BULGARIA POSTAGE DUE 1884 5st orange, lozenge perf 5 to 7½, SG D46 or Michel 1A, fine mint, only very lightly hinged, signed Alberto Diena on the back.


  • BULGARIA 1958 80f Int Geophysical Year IMPERF BL of 4, Mi 1094B, NHM (4)


We sell Bulgaria stamps, collections, complete sets, errors and varieties

Bulgaria Stamps – The first Bulgaria stamps were issued by Bulgaria as a principality on 1st March 1879. Bulgaria had been a 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