About us

This site is organized by Balkanphila Ltd. Company founded by Kemal Giray (CEO).

Kemal Giray is a specialist dealer in Ottoman Empire and Foreign PO’s (Levant) therein and states of Balkans and Middle East which have succeeded to the Empire’s territories. Being a dealers for over 25 years, we can be at your side as you build your collection to give you the benefit of our comprehensive dealing experience.

Principal aim of the company is to create an environment for the collectors of Turkey, Balkans, Russia and Middle East to acquire materials of their collecting area. Although our main dealing area is Stamps and Postal History other related materials such as postcards, ephemara, books, maps  etc. offered as well.

The full stock is also viewable by appointment in London. We also sporadically list items on ebay under our user names ‘wwwbalkanphilacom’ and ‘balkans’ by Dragoljub Jovanovic (our Balkan Countries and Russia expert). We are individually or jointly members of various organizations.

Company number 11475283. Registered address: 291 Green Lanes, London N13 4XS

Kemal Giray is a member of:

RPSL – Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society of London
AIJP – International Association of Philatelic Journalists
BSRP – British Society of Russian Philately
CSS – Cyprus Study Circle
GBOS – G.B. Overprints Society
IFD – Istanbul Philatelic Association
IPSC – Iranian Philatelic Study Circle
ONEPS – Ottoman and Near East Philatelic Society
OPAL – Oriental Philatelic Association of London
TFA – The Academy of Turkish Philately

Dragoljub Jovanovic is a member of:

APS – American Philatelic Society
APS Translating Commitee
Disinfected Mail Study Group
The Yugoslavis Study Group

Gradings for Stamps

**, MNH or NHM or u/m: Mint Never Hinged or unmounted mint, free from any disturbance

*, MLH or Mint: Mint Lightly Hinged with gum
(*), Unused: No gum

o.g.: Original Gum

CTO: Cancelled To Order

Minimum Stamp Price £2