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Fire weapons from the National Military Museum

pistoale_MThe philatelic issue Fire Weapons from the National Military Museum that Romfilatelia introduces into circulation, is a première: it is for the first time when on the postage stamps of a Romanian postage stamps issue are illustrated pistols and revolvers. All of the above weapons are part of the collection of the National Military Museum. The philatelic issue Fire Weapons from the National Military Museum that Romfilatelia introduces into circulation, is a première: it is for the first time when on the postage stamps of a Romanian postage stamps issue are illustrated pistols and revolvers. All of the above weapons are part of the collection of the National Military Museum.

Established on December 18th, 1923, the National Military Museum represents a significant landmark in the museum establishment assets of Bucharest.
We are entitled to say that the 22,000 sqm exhibition as well as the invaluable
military historical patrimony make it stand out as one of the most important museums of the type in the world.
The seven departments of the museum exhibit 32 unique collections counting more than 1,500,000 exhibits (from the simplest slings to crossbows but also tactical missiles, hunt aircrafts, tanks, and guns). The military technique is also represented through the 44 pieces that are unique in the world as well as 70 national unique exhibits. The museum also hosts more than 700,000 books, periodicals, maps and ancient documents. The participation of the Romanian Army in the Second World War on the Eastern battle front to free the historical regions of Basarabia and Northern Bucovina is also widely represented. The museum, called “King Ferdinand I” starting with 2006, also hosts decorations, uniforms, flags, oxen, and carriages as well edged and fire weapons from various historical times.

The stamp with the face value of RON 0.50 presents the Four barrels flint pistol, made in Western Europe in the middle of the 18th century.
The stamp with the face value of RON 1.00 shows the Flint pistol, made in Liège at the end of the 18th century.
The stamp with the face value of RON 2.40 presents the Mannlicher carbine pistol model 1903, 7,65 mm caliber.
The stamp with the face value of RON 5.00 shows a 1915 Revolver, 8 mm caliber.

We hereby express our gratitude to the National Military Museum “King Ferdinand I” for the support brought to our disposal in order to bring this philatelic issue to life.

Issue date: 2008-02-08

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