Tuesday, 28 October 2008
Templar cover from Bulgaria
On 30 September 2008 the Bulgarian post issued a templar stamp (face value 1 leva). According to information available online, the stamp commemorates the 700th anniversary of disbanding and destroying the Knights Templar. It is interesting that the stamp was issued one year later. The stamp also features a mention of the Grand Priory of Bulgaria.
I received this stamp on 9 October 2008 along with the postmark of the first day of issue depicting a magnificent seal with two soldiers on one horse.
The print-run of the stamp was only 25,000, which I find a surprisingly small quantity, but after looking at the print-runs of other recent Bulgarian commemoratives, which often don't reach 20,000, it is fairly much. I really would like to know if in Bulgaria these stamps are so rare, and plenty of definitives and ATM labels are used.
My thanks go to L.