Do you know Romania? Do you know what records this country gathered over time? If not, you may consider this issue as an invitation in the unique world of excellence and exceptionality. Bearing the title of "Romanian curiosities and superlatives" four new stamps by Romanian Post promote a series of superlative, Romanian works and discoveries.
StampNews.com encourages our readers to add these creative stamps to their collections.
In announcing the issue, Romfilatelia described the stamps as depicting "examples from areas such as art, coins, crafts and natural heritage, which impress by extraordinary sizes, spectacular shapes and stories …"
The 3-leu stamp shows the smallest banknote in the world. Measuring 27.5 millimeters by 38mm (1.08 inches by 1.49 inches), the Ministry of Finance of Romania issued this banknote in 1917, during World War I. It is listed as the smallest by the World Records Academy, and Guinness World Records calls it the world‘s smallest "national" banknote.
The 14-leu stamp pictures Europe's largest stone sculpture.
Sometimes referred to as the "Romanian Rushmore", this sculpture of the Romanian national hero Decebalus, the last King of Dacia, is 25 meters wide and 45 meters wide (79 feet by 147 feet).
Located on the banks of Danube in southwestern Romania, the sculpture was built over a decade (1994 to 2004) by a team of a dozen sculptors led by Italian sculptor Mario Galeotti.
The 3.30-leu stamp honors the Gold Museum in Brad, the only gold museum in Europe; and the 5-leu stamp features the largest mechanical organ in Romania. Built in the 19th-century by Carl August Buchholz, the organ of the Black Church in Brasov has 3,993 pipes in 84 rows.
The stamp with the face value of lei 14.50 depicts the largest stone sculpture in Europe, which reaches 42.9 m in height and 31.6 m in width. Made at the private initiative of the businessman Iosif Constantin Dragan, the bas-relief depicts the Last King of Dacia, Decebalus.