| MOROIU FORGERIES
In 1881 has been
published in Bucharest "TIMBROPHILO" a Romanian stamps
journal. This is the very first philatelic
magazine in Romania, being published only three numbers. In the
second no., C. Moroiu continues his article from the first no.,
where he was presenting Moldavian stamps. He calls them hand stamps,
used in Moldavia in 1852-1853, describing them and their denominations:
15 parale for newspapers, 45 parale for letters, 90 parale for registered
letters and 135 parale for heavier parcels or printed materials.
Moroiu points out that these stamps have been placed by hand, very
scarce in black, usually in blue on various type of paper. Later
on, these details about the first Moldavian stamps are included
in his own catalog.
In 1994, the famous British researcher Gabriel Sassower makes a
new presentation of the "Moroiu Catalog", printed in 1886
at Minerva printing house, discovered by himself in the library
of " Royal Philatelic Society", this being considered
the first Romanian philatelic catalog, where Moroiu shows again
his fakes under "amateur price". Also in 1994, in "Romania
The Bull's Heads of Moldavia" of the famous expert Fritz Heimbuchler
are presented reproductions of these stamps and an original pre
philatelic letter, sent from Focsani to Iasi in 1885, and where
Moroiu placed his own hand stamp of 135 parale denomination.
Well prepared by 1881 article in "Timbrophilo"
magazine and 1866 catalog, the local and international philatelic
markets have been invaded by Moroiu's ghost stamps. Showing up in
a whole range of colors and types of paper leads to conclusion that
Moroiu allows his fantasy to create various variations. These fakes
belong only to postal history and philatelic history in Romania
but, by their charm, they find a place in any Romanian classic collection,
besides the famous fakes "hope".