Crowns of the Kings of Romania SI

Crowns of the Kings of Romania

Crowns of the Kings of Romania

As a consistent promoter of the national cultural and historical values, through the themes of its postage stamps, Romfilatelia is aiming to convert the message on the postage stamps into an effective and successful concern for the preservation of the most important values that integrate the spiritual, cultural and historical treasure of Romania.

According to these rules, the postage stamp issue “Crowns of the Kings of Romania” reminds to former generations and presents to new ones the symbols of the Romanian Royalty, on the background of the great events in the history of our people which marked the State Independence and recognition of Romania as a sovereign country and a fundamental piece of the state structure that has still been forming the European community.

“I proudly receive this Crown that was forged from the metal of a cannon covered by the blood of our heroes and was blessed by the church. I receive it as a symbol of the independence and power of Romania.”

These were the words of King Carol I on his Coronation of 10 May 1881, when Romania became a Kingdom.

The postage stamp with the face value of lei 3.30 illustrates the Steel Crown of King Carol I, a symbol of the State Independence of Romania, afterwards of the Country Reintegration, and an important symbol of the Romanian Monarchy, being manufactured from the steel of a cannon captured by the Romanian army against the Ottoman armies at Plevna in 1877.

The postage stamp with the face value of lei 4.30 presents the Crown of Queen Elisabeta, which completes the concept of modesty and austerity of the crown of King Carol I, being based on the simplicity of volumes and designed with a circular base with edges marked by veins.

The postage stamp with the face value of lei 14.50 depicts the Crown of Queen Marie, made of gold, in a unique model, designed by Costin Petrescu and forged by Falize Frères House of Paris. The uniqueness of the crown is not only in its design being different from the regular crowns of the European dynastic houses, but also in its ellipsoidal shape (the European ones are circular) and in the choice of semiprecious stones as decoration (the European ones used only precious stones and pearls).

 The issue is completed by a set of 3 maxicards.

Technical Details

Issue Date: 28.02.2013
Designer: Mihai Vamasescu, Stan Pelteacu
Process: Offset
Colours: 4 colours
Size: 36 x 36 mm
Values: 3.30 Lei, 4.30 Lei, 14.50 Lei