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India Stamp Details

The first stamps issued in India were the “Scinde Dawks”, authorised for use only in Sind Province by the British Commissioner. However, the first India stamps for use throughout the entire country were issued during October 1854. The 3 different values being the subject of careful study by generations of philatelists. In addition, the rarest India stamps include the 1854 4 anna with the blue head of Queen Victoria inverted within the red frame. Also, the 1948 10r Gandhi stamp with “Official” overprint, both important in world philately. Considered the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the British Empire, India enjoyed the work of De La Rues best designers and engravers until the mid 1920s. As a result, many outstanding stamps were printed plus many essays, trials and proofs are known.


The substantial governmental infrastructure also gave stamp collectors a wide range of official stamps overprinted or inscribed “Service”. In addition, in recent years the popularity of the large format Telegraph stamps have seen them listed by Stanley Gibbons alongside the postage issues. The postmarks and postal history of the various Indian Military expeditionary forces and Indian Post Offices abroad are popular with Indian stamps. They are cancelled in the Persian Gulf, Middle East, Africa, Malaya, Nepal and Tibet being highly sought-after. The postal history is highly regarded with collectors often choosing a specific area. This is often defined by the Railway Post Office routes to collect and study.

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  • Lot 6216 (Hunters #7331)

    Tuesday 29th March 2022, 16:30

    Est. £300 - £350

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    INDIA - 1854-1950's HIGH CLASS RANGES ON STOCKLEAVES mint, never hinged mint and used, a few faults earlier but mainly fine condition. Can see QV mostly used from a few early imperfs, including 'Ea...
  • Lot 6217 (Hunters #7331)

    Tuesday 29th March 2022, 16:30

    Est. £400 - £450

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    INDIA - 1866-1935 COLLECTION MOSTLY USED on old printed leaves, (all used unless stated) starting with 1866-8 4a blue green mint & used, 6a 8p slate, 1874 9p mauve mint & 1r slate, 1882-90 values t...
  • Lot 6218 (Hunters #7331)

    Tuesday 29th March 2022, 16:30

    Est. £400 - £450

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    INDIA - 1882-90 1R slate, SG 101, marginal BLOCK OF NINE (3 x 3), very fine never hinged mint. Lovely display item!
  • Lot 6219 (Hunters #7331)

    Tuesday 29th March 2022, 16:30

    Est. £75 - £85

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    INDIA - 1937-40 15r brown & green (Upright Wmk), SG 263, very fine cds used
  • Lot 6220 (Hunters #7331)

    Tuesday 29th March 2022, 16:30

    Est. £170 - £190

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    INDIA - 1948 Gandhi complete set, SG 305/08, never hinged mint, 10r with minor rub, fresh. (4 stamps).
  • Lot 6221 (Hunters #7331)

    Tuesday 29th March 2022, 16:30

    Est. £800 - £900

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    INDIA - 1953-1997 NEVER HINGED MINT powerful ALL DIFFERENT COLLECTION. Very strongly represented for the period including many sets and better values. To give a flavour can see 1953 Mount Everest s...
  • Lot 6222 (Hunters #7331)

    Tuesday 29th March 2022, 16:30

    Est. £180 - £220

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    INDIA - 1971 OBLIGATORY TAX - SPECTACULAR PRINTING ERROR 5p carmine 'Refugee Relief' (SG 651) - a never hinged mint horizontal strip of twenty (2 complete rows with margins at left and right), the ...
  • Lot 6223 (Hunters #7331)

    Tuesday 29th March 2022, 16:30

    Est. £50 - £70

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    INDIA - 1974 25p sepia 'Spotted Deer' definitive (SG 722) - a never hinged mint corner block of twenty (2 x 10) with a dramatic misperf at upper left corner (due to pre-printing paper fold).
  • Lot 6224 (Hunters #7331)

    Tuesday 29th March 2022, 16:30

    Est. £120 - £150

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    INDIA - 1974-83 'TIGER' DEFINITIVE -PRINTING ERRORS 15p blackish brown (SG 730) group of multiples with errors caused by pre-printing paper folds. Comprises a never hinged mint block of twenty (two...
  • Lot 6225 (Hunters #7331)

    Tuesday 29th March 2022, 16:30

    Est. £250 - £300

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    INDIA - 1979-88 PRINTING ERRORS 15p deep bluish green 'Farmer' definitive (SG 923/a) chiefly never hinged mint collection. An amazing array of multiples DRAMATICALLY MISPERFED; plus a few blocks/st...

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