BULGARIA

Stamps inscribed 'Bulgaria' and/or 'България'

1879 ->

From 1879: 1 Franc = 100 Centimes
From 1881: 1 Lev = 100 Stotinki
From 1952: 1 (New) Lev = 100 Stotinki (= 100 old Leva)
From 1962: 1 Lev (BGL) = 100 Stotinki (= 10 new Leva)
From 1999: 1 Lev (BGN) = 100 Stotinki (= 1000 BGL)
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HERALDIC CATS

See footnote about postal stationary.
Item

Code

Item type Face value Remarks SC
1879 Definitives I BG18790500 ST 0_05 Stamp 0.05 Heraldic Lion
From Bulgarian CoA
MI 1
BG18790500 ST 0_10 Stamp 0.10 Heraldic Lion
From Bulgarian CoA
MI 2
BG18790500 ST 0_25 Stamp 0.25 Heraldic Lion
From Bulgarian CoA
MI 3
BG18790500 ST 1_00 Stamp 1.00 Heraldic Lion
From Bulgarian CoA
MI 5
BG18790500 IMP 0_25 Imperforate stamp 0.25 Heraldic Lion
From Bulgarian CoA
MI 3U
1879 Definitives II BG18790700 ST 0_25 Stamp 0.25 Heraldic Lion
From Bulgarian CoA
MI 4
1881 Definitives BG18810410 ST 0_03 Stamp 0.03 Heraldic Lion
From Bulgarian CoA
MI 6
BG18810410 ST 0_05 1 Stamp 0.05 Heraldic Lion
From Bulgarian CoA
MI 7
BG18810410 ST 0_05 2 Stamp 0.05 Heraldic Lion
From Bulgarian CoA
Yellow ccolour printed upside down
MI 7K
BG18810410 ST 0_10 Stamp 0.10 Heraldic Lion
From Bulgarian CoA
MI 8
BG18810410 ST 0_15 Stamp 0.15 Heraldic Lion
From Bulgarian CoA
MI 9
  BG18810410 ST 0_25 Stamp 0.25 Heraldic Lion
From Bulgarian CoA
MI 10
  BG18810410 ST 0_30 Stamp 0.30 Heraldic Lion
From Bulgarian CoA
MI 11
1934 Shipka Pass Monument (I) BG19340826 ST 2 Stamp 2 Heraldic Lion
Wild Cat Art
Shipka Pass Monument (1929-1934)
Sculptor Aleksandar Andreev, architect Atanas Donkov
Pale red
Same design as
BG19340921 ST 2
This item also shows a Lion
MI 261
1934 Shipka Pass Monument (II) BG19340921 ST 2 Stamp 2 Heraldic Lion
Wild Cat Art
Shipka Pass Monument (1929-1934)
Sculptor Aleksandar Andreev, architect Atanas Donkov
Dull orange
Same design as
BG19340826 ST 2
This item also shows a Lion
MI 267
1981 1300th Anniversary of the First Bulgarian State BG19810810 MS 0_50 Miniature sheet 0.50 Heraldic lion (on selvedge)
Bulgarian CoA 1971-90
Lion (on stamp)
Wild Cat Art
Lion bas-relief at Stara Zagora, 10th c.
Single-stamp MS with
BG19810810 ST 0_50
MI B114
 
1981 Medallists from the Moscow Olympics BG19810109 ST 0_50 Stamp 0.50 Heraldic Lion
Lion rampant
From Bulgarian CoA
Stamp from
BG19810109 MS 0_50
MI 2961
 
  BG19810109 MS 0_50 Miniature sheet 0.50 Heraldic Lion (in stamp)
Lion rampant
From Bulgarian CoA
Single-stamp MS with
BG19810109 ST 0_50
MI B109
 
1991 13th International Chess Tournament in Teteven BG19910731 PSE 0_30
PSE back
Used as FDC
Pre-stamped envelope * 0.30
(0.05
+ 0.25)
Heraldic Lion (in stamp indicium and cachet)
Lion rampant
From Bulgarian CoA
Teteven CoA
MI U1234
FDC

 

BG19910731_0830 PMK 5700 Commemorative postmark - Heraldic Lion
Lion rampant
Teteven CoA
"XIII Международен Шахматен Фестивл"
5700 Тетевен (Teteven)
31 July - 30 August 1991
FDC/
CC

1992 Exotic Predators

This item is also listed under Wild Cats

BG19921218 PSE 0_05
PSE back
Used as FDC
Pre-stamped envelope * 0.05
(sold at 0.06)
Heraldic Lion (in stamp indicium)
Lion (in cachet)
WWF logo and text:
"Редки Хищни Бозайници" ("Rare Carnivores")
We are not certain about the official status of this envelope. It might be a private cachet printed on a base envelope issued in 1990. Correct postage for 1992 would have been 1.00.
We have seen several examples of it being used as FDC for this stamp issue.
MI U1148 (personalized?)
FDC
BG19921218 PSE 1_00 7
PSE back
Pre-stamped envelope * 1.00
(0.95
+0.05)
Leopard (in cachet)
Heraldic Lion (in one stamp indicium)
This item is also listed under Wild Cats
MI U1282.01
1999 Pre-stamped postcard BG19991005 PC 0_09 Pre-stamped postcard * 0.09
(sold at 0.12)
Heraldic Lion (in stamp indicium)
Two Crowned Lion Rampant Supporters
Crowned Lion Rampant
Greater Bulgarian CoA
No cachet
MI P187
2000 24th May - Day of Bulgarian Education, Culture, and Slavic Script BG20000523 PC 0_09 Pre-stamped postcard * 0.09
(sold at 0.17)
Heraldic Lion (in stamp indicium)
Two Crowned Lion Rampant Supporters
Crowned Lion Rampant
Greater Bulgarian CoA
"24 Май....." in cachet
MI P188
2000 All Bulgarian Meet BG20000826 PC 0_09 Pre-stamped postcard * 0.09
(sold at 0.27)
Heraldic Lion (in stamp indicium)
Two Crowned Lion Rampant Supporters
Crowned Lion Rampant
Greater Bulgarian CoA
Stylized Christmas tree and 2 birds in cachet
MI P189
2000 Children's Drawings - Holy Characters BG20000915 PC 0_09 1 Pre-stamped postcard * 0.09
(sold at 0.28)
Heraldic Lion (in stamp indicium)
Two Crowned Lion Rampant Supporters
Crowned Lion Rampant
Greater Bulgarian CoA
The Birth of Christ in cachet
MI P190.01
  BG20000915 PC 0_09 2 Pre-stamped postcard * 0.09
(sold at 0.28)
Heraldic Lion (in stamp indicium)
Two Crowned Lion Rampant Supporters
Crowned Lion Rampant
Greater Bulgarian CoA
Mary and the Child Jesus in cachet
MI P190.02
  BG20000915 PC 0_09 3 Pre-stamped postcard * 0.09
(sold at 0.28)
Heraldic Lion (in stamp indicium)
Two Crowned Lion Rampant Supporters
Crowned Lion Rampant
Greater Bulgarian CoA
St George in cachet
MI P190.03
  BG20000915 PC 0_09 4 Pre-stamped postcard * 0.09
(sold at 0.28)
Heraldic Lion (in stamp indicium)
Two Crowned Lion Rampant Supporters
Crowned Lion Rampant
Greater Bulgarian CoA
St Cyril and St Methodius in cachet
MI P190.04
2001 Centenary of the Hymn to Slavic Script and Culture BG20010511 PC 0_11 Pre-stamped postcard * 0.11
(sold at 0.29)
Heraldic Lion (in stamp indicium)
Two Crowned Lion Rampant Supporters
Crowned Lion Rampant
Greater Bulgarian CoA
Notes in cachet
MI P191
2001 125th Anniversary of the Death of Hristo Botev BG20010517 PC 0_11 Pre-stamped postcard * 0.11
(sold at 0.29)
Heraldic Lion (in stamp indicium)
Two Crowned Lion Rampant Supporters
Crowned Lion Rampant
Greater Bulgarian CoA
Portrait of Botev in cachet
MI P192
2001 Belgica 2001 BG20010604 PC 0_11 Pre-stamped postcard * 0.11
(sold at 0.29)
Heraldic Lion (in stamp indicium)
Two Crowned Lion Rampant Supporters
Crowned Lion Rampant
Greater Bulgarian CoA
European Flags in cachet
MI P193
  BG20010604 PMK 1000 Commemorative postmark -

Heraldic Lion
Lion Rampant
"Световна Филателиа Изложба - Belgica 2001"
1000 Софиа (Sofia)
4 June 2001
This postmark is frequently seen as FDP on
BG20010604 PC 0_11,
but could be used with any stamps.

2001 SOS Children's Villages I BG2001018 PC 0_12 1 Pre-stamped postcard * 0.12
(sold at 0.45)
Heraldic Lion (in stamp indicium)
Two Crowned Lion Rampant Supporters
Crowned Lion Rampant
Greater Bulgarian CoA
Greyish blue stamp indicium
Girl between two flowers in cachet
MI P194.01
 
  BG2001018 PC 0_12 2 Pre-stamped postcard * 0.12
(sold at 0.45)
Heraldic Lion (in stamp indicium)
Two Crowned Lion Rampant Supporters
Crowned Lion Rampant
Greater Bulgarian CoA
Greyish blue stamp indicium
Dog in cachet
MI P194.02
  BG2001018 PC 0_12 3 Pre-stamped postcard * 0.12
(sold at 0.45)
Heraldic Lion (in stamp indicium)
Two Crowned Lion Rampant Supporters
Crowned Lion Rampant
Greater Bulgarian CoA
Greyish blue stamp indicium
Pillows in cachet
MI P194.03
  BG2001018 PC 0_12 4 Pre-stamped postcard * 0.12
(sold at 0.45)
Heraldic Lion (in stamp indicium)
Two Crowned Lion Rampant Supporters
Crowned Lion Rampant
Greater Bulgarian CoA
Greyish blue stamp indicium
House and trees in cachet
MI P194.04
2001 SOS Children's Villages II BG20011121 PC 0_12 1 Pre-stamped postcard * 0.12
(sold at 0.18)
Heraldic Lion (in stamp indicium)
Two Crowned Lion Rampant Supporters
Crowned Lion Rampant
Greater Bulgarian CoA
Brown stamp indicium
Girl between two flowers in cachet
MI P195.01
IP/
FDC
  BG20011121 PC 0_12 2 Pre-stamped postcard * 0.12
(sold at 0.18)
Heraldic Lion (in stamp indicium)
Two Crowned Lion Rampant Supporters
Crowned Lion Rampant
Greater Bulgarian CoA
Brown stamp indicium
Dog in cachet
MI P195.02
  BG20011121 PC 0_12 3 Pre-stamped postcard * 0.12
(sold at 0.18)
Heraldic Lion (in stamp indicium)
Two Crowned Lion Rampant Supporters
Crowned Lion Rampant
Greater Bulgarian CoA
Brown stamp indicium
Pillows in cachet
MI P195.03
  BG20011121 PC 0_12 4 Pre-stamped postcard * 0.12
(sold at 0.18)
Heraldic Lion (in stamp indicium)
Two Crowned Lion Rampant Supporters
Crowned Lion Rampant
Greater Bulgarian CoA
Brown stamp indicium
House and trees in cachet
MI P195.04
8 June 2012 - UEFA European Footbal Championship
BG20120608 MS 1_00 Miniature sheet 1.00 Heraldic Lions (on selvedge)
Flags of Croatia and Spain
MI B358
24 June 2020 - Coats of Arms This issue is also listed under Mythic Cats
BG20200624 ST 2_30 1 Stamp 2.30 Heraldic Merlion
Burgas CoA
Stamp from
BG20200624 MS 4_60
MI 5468
BG20200624 MS 4_60 Miniature sheet 4.60
(2 x 2.30)
Heraldic Merlion
Burgas CoA
2-stamp MS with
BG20200624 ST 2_30 1
and another stamp
MI B497
BG20200624 MISC SOUV LB Souvenir label - Heraldic Merlion
Burgas CoA
Souvenir label from
BG20200624 MISC SOUV MS
with same design as
BG20200624 ST 2_30 1
without franking value
BG20200624 MISC SOUV MS Souvenir miniature sheet - Heraldic Merlion
Burgas CoA
Souvenir miniature sheet with same design as
BG20200624 MS 4_60
without franking value
1 Decemeber 2020 - 140 Years of Bulgarian Lev and 135 Years of Bulgarian Banknotes
BG20201201 ST 1_00 1 Stamp 1.00 Heraldic Lion
Two Crowned Lions Rampant
Gummed stamp from
BG20201201 MS 1_00 1
MI XXX
BG20201201 ST 1_00 2 Stamp 1.00 Heraldic Lion
Two Crowned Lions Rampant
Ungummed stamp with UV fibers from
BG20201201 MS 1_00 2
MI XXX
BG20201201 MS 1_00 1 Miniature sheet 1.00 Heraldic Lion (on stamp)
Two Crowned Lions Rampant
Ordinary gummed paper (numbered from 1801 to 3600)
Single-stamp MS with
BG20201201 ST 1_00 1
MI BXXX
BG20201201 MS 1_00 2 Miniature sheet 1.00 Heraldic Lion (on stamp)
Two Crowned Lions Rampant
Ungummed paper with UV fibers (numbered from 0001 to 1800)
Single-stamp MS with
BG20201201 ST 1_00 2
MI BXXX

Compiled by Geir Arveng with additional information from Greg Balagian, Nahum Shereshevsky, Marci Jarvis, and
Elisabeth Hallsjö.
Latest update:
21 March, 2021

* Most modern postal stationary from Bulgaria shows the Bulgarian Post Logo with its Lion Rampant. Including all such items would make this a general listing of Bulgarian postal stationary, and we do not see that as within our scope. We thus list only items where the logo is in the stamp indicium or part of the cachet design.

(Should you, however, wish to make a list of all items showing the logo, we'll gladly publish it or link to it......)