From April 28, 1879 it became a principality until 1908 when it became an independent kingdom.
From 1879 on Bulgaria thus issued its own stamps.
For two years they used the french denomination 'centimes and francs' - 'САНТИМ - ФРАНКЪ'
The first set of 5 stamps (used between 1879 and 1881) are : 5C - 10C - 25C - 50C - 1FR.
In the second set of 1881 some of the values are replaced by the 'stotinki' - 'СТОТИН.' denomination.
|Bulgaria N° 1 - 1879|
|MI 0001 - santim.|
|Mi 0007 - stotin.|