STAMP ISSUES RELATED TO ICAO (from 1996 to 2013)


Romania : Means of transport - Surcharges


Issue date: 19/05/2000



Airbus A310 of Transylvania. Surcharge of 1700L on 635L.


Airbus A310 of Transylvania. Surcharge of 2000L on 635L.


Airbus A310 of Transylvania. Surcharge of 3900L on 635L.


Airbus A310 of Transylvania. Surcharge of 9050L on 635L.

Pairs and blocks with a variety of marginal inscriptions.










Many red carmine ink spots can be noticed on some of the overprinted stamps (samples here-after).


Full sheets of 50 stamps.





First Day Cover.


First Day Cover commemorating the National Philatelic Exhibition Aeromfila held in Bacău, Romania, from 20 to 26 July 2000. It paid tribute to the 30th anniversary of the establishment of Romanian Aerophilatelic Commission.

The cancel shows a Yak-52. It is interesting to highlight that the Airbus A-310 shown on the cachet is covered with reproductions of Romanian stamps related to aviation, including one of this issue (see the tail of the aircraft).

The Yakovlev Yak-52 is a Soviet primary trainer aircraft which first flew in 1976. It is still being produced in Romania by Aerostar, which gained manufacturing rights under agreement within the now defunct COMECON socialist trade organization. The Yak-52 was designed originally as an aerobatic trainer for students in the Soviet DOSAAF training organization, which trained both civilian sport pilots and military pilots.


Background: Airmail stamps. One of the Romanian stamps issued on 12/08/1994 (see at Romania - 50th Anniversary of ICAO) was surcharged (due to inflation) by an airship in red carmine with four different values (new post tariffs in force). This set has Fr watermarks (Multiple letters Fr, Watermark No. 398 according to Scott Catalogue).

The "Fr" watermark normally appears only on Fiscal/Revenue stamps. In the years 1994-1995, when lacking printing paper, the stamp factory also used such kind of paper for regular issues, especially in reprinting some sold-out definitives values, such this set related to ICAO 50th anniversary (1994) surcharged in 2000. The letter "F" comes from "Fiscală" (Revenue) and "r" from "Romania agenție fiscală".


It is interesting to note that the overprint in carmine obliterating the prior value of 635 Leu has the form of a Zeppelin airship, in reference to the 100th anniversary of the maiden flight of the first Zeppelin airship LZ.1 on 2 July 1900 at Friedrichshafen.