International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/Bulgaria

BulgariaEdit

With the exception of a public-access vending meter on trial in 1938, meters did not come into use until after World War 2. The stamps are grouped according to appearance and function:

A - designs for general use during Soviet era, inscribed “BULGARIA”, “BULGARIE” or “БЬЛГАРИЯ”
B - provisional issue, without country name in the frank
C - stamps inscribed "HPБ"
PO - stamps generated only from Post Office machines
PV - public self-service vending machine stamps



GROUP A: Stamps for general use, inscribed “BULGARIA” or “БЬЛГАРИЯ”Edit


Bulgaria A1.jpg
Bulgaria stamp type A1.jpg

A1. Francotyp “C” (MV), 1945 or earlier. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$100]

Horizontal frank with simulated perforation outer border.
“БЬΛГАРИЯ⋅BULGARIE” at top.
Lions rampant at sides.
M# with “No” prefix in bottom panel.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat solid diamond.jpg0.00
a. "No" alone without meter number




Bulgaria A2.jpg

A2. Francotyp “C” (MV), 1959 or earlier. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Upright frank with simulated perforation outer border and straight line inner border.
Coat of arms at top and “NR BULGARIA” at bottom.
Wide spacing between frank and TM.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00oo
a. Printed in black



Bulgaria A3.jpg


A3. Krag (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$15]

Upright frank with single-line border, scalloped at top and sides except in corners.
“BULGARIA/ POST” at top, and “LEVA” at bottom.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000




Bulgaria A4.jpg


A4. Postalia “D2” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Frank with single simulated-perforation border.
Coat of arms at top, “НР БЬЛГАРИЯ” at bottom.
TM: DC with inner circle concave at top and bottom.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 ЛВ




Bulgaria stamp type A4point1.jpg


A4.1. Postalia “D2” (MV).

Similar to Type A4 but with large post horn at top.
“БЬЛГАРИЯ” at bottom with no other text in the stamp.
So far seen printed only in black.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000




Bulgaria A5.jpg


A5. Postalia “D2” (MV).

Frank with double straight-line border.
“България” at top is only inscription in the frank.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000




Bulgaria A6.jpg

A6. Pitney Bowes-GB “5000” (MV).

Horizontal frank with straight-line border and inner box around value figures.
“POSTA” large at top with “NR BULGARIA” vertical at left and “НР БЬЛГАРИЯ” vertical at right.
A. Meter number breaks bottom frame lines
B. Solid bar breaks bottom frame lines
C. Bottom frame lines unbroken
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat triad.jpg0.00



Bulgaria A7.jpg

A7. “Perm” (MV).

Upright frank with eight dashes at each side.
“БЪЛГАРИЯ” at top and “ЛЕВА” at bottom.
Four wavy lines between TM and frank.
Value figures stacked, date figures vertical.
TM: BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000




Bulgaria stamp type A8.jpg


A8. Postalia “D2” (MV).

Frank with single simulated-perforation line border.
“България” at top is the only inscription in the frank.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000









GROUP B: Frank without country inscription in frank, country name in the town markEdit


Bulgaria B1.jpg


B1. Krag (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]

Upright frank completely unengraved.
Inscribed “БЪЛГАРИЯ” at bottom of SC TM.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000




Bulgaria C3.jpg


B2. “Perm” (MV).

Frank consists of five stacked bars at sides with stacked value figures between.
Fixed zero at bottom.
Four wavy lines between TM and frank.
TM: BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000+0








GROUP C: Frank inscribed "HPБ"Edit


Bulgaria C1.jpg

C1. “Perm” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Frank is upright octagon with "HPБ" at top and “ЛEBА” at bottom in negative lettering.
Ten horizontal bars at each side.
Value figures stacked, date figures vertical.
Five wavy lines between TM and frank.
TM: BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000




Bulgaria C2.jpg


C2. “Perm” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Similar to Type B2, but with "HPБ" at top and large “леба” at bottom.
TM: BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000
a. With “TAXE PERCUE” in the town mark. Although this means ‘Postage Due’, all examples seen were used to frank ordinary mail.
b. With “ РБ“ alone at top, first character missing







GROUP PO: Frank designs used only in Post OfficesEdit


Bulgaria D1.jpg

PO1. Appears to be Frama "M/E" (FV), 2009.

Upright rectangle with boxed “БЪПГАРCKII / ПOЩИ” at top and meter number at bottom.
Post horn logo at bottom center.
M# at bottom flanking post horn. (The meter number prefix is obscured in the example reported.)
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000.00 (narrow and thick)



Bulgaria PO1.jpg


PO2. Appears to be Frama "EPS3000" (FV), 2009.

As Type PO1 but value figures are smaller and a bit more widely spaced
M# with "F22" prefix at bottom flanking post horn.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00







GROUP PV: Stamps from public access vending machinesEdit


Bulgaria PV1.jpg

PV1. Unknown (FV), 1939. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$150]

Upright rectangle with “БЬЛГАРИЯ” at top and “2 ЛEBА 2” at bottom.
Lion rampant in center.
Bi-color frank with black in the center (vertically) and red on each side.
Impression counter low between TM and frank.
TM: SC
One value only: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg2





Bulgaria PV2.jpg

PV2. “Perm” (FV), 1989. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$35]

From a machine used for franking Registered mail.
Small upright frank with straight single-line border.
Value at top above “CT” in the middle, and "ПЛАТЕНО" at bottom.
Large boxed “R” and vertical number between frank and TM.
Printed in black.
TM: SC with box around date
MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgOne value only: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg5







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