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Postal stamps came to India in the early 1850s, followed shortly by the abolition of distance-based postage costs to rely solely on weight. This led to the first Indian stamps that were valid throughout the entire Crown colony and a subsequent surge in postal use by the public.


Browse for the stamps from India you need to sate you philatelic ambitions. Enjoy witnessing history and the evolution of several nations through the study of stamps.

  • 1841 India Queen Victoria Silver 2 Annas

    1841 India Queen Victoria Silver 2 Annas

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  • 1919 INDIA 8 ANNAS COIN

    1919 INDIA 8 ANNAS COIN

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    This is a buy it now for a very high grade and rare 1919 india 8 annas coin that shows very little signs , if any, of circulation. Although you must see the photos and grade for yourself i rate it as ...
  • India 1/4, 1/2, & 1 Rupee Edward VII

    India 1/4, 1/2, & 1 Rupee Edward VII

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    Quarter Rupee 1907 VF-. Half Rupee 1910 VF-. One Rupee 1907 VF-. 3 silver coins of King Edward VII's reign from India.
  • ANCIENT INDIA - CHOLA EMPIRE - OCTOPUS MAN - (985-1014 AD) - COPPER COIN - C4

    ANCIENT INDIA - CHOLA EMPIRE - OCTOPUS MAN - (985-1014 AD) - COPPER COIN - C4

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    Additional coins will be free shipping with this. Buy multiple coins shipping free for all additional purchase. For first coin £ 2.50 shipping. Delivery Method :- we ships by India Post,
  • 1840 EAST INDIA COMPANY ONE RUPEE COIN (REF: 2)

    1840 EAST INDIA COMPANY ONE RUPEE COIN (REF: 2)

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    Description:   In this listing I am offeringAN 1840 EAST INDIA COMPANY ONE RUPEE COIN for sale. Condition:   It is in aused condition with some surface wear, surface scratches and some edge knocks.
  • Wellington Church In India Unused Postcard

    Wellington Church In India Unused Postcard

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    Postally unused card although some writing on reverse some slight corner wear.
  •  Postcard India, Thabetan Man. Printed card.

    Postcard India, Thabetan Man. Printed card.

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    View of Thabetan Man. Card published by Bourne and Shepherd, Calcutta, Simla and Bombay. Post Card- Carte Postale on reverse, no message. Fine condition, nice sharp corners, clean card, no scribble.
  • Postcard R P India 1923 Bangalore. Commessariat Rd

    Postcard R P India 1923 Bangalore. Commessariat Rd

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    Shillong (English pronunciation: /ʃɪˈlɔːŋ/;[2][3] Khasi: Shillong) is the capital and hill station of Meghalaya, also known as "The Abode of Clouds", one of the smallest states in India.
  • Postcard R P India 1923 The Peak At Shillong.

    Postcard R P India 1923 The Peak At Shillong.

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    Shillong (English pronunciation: /ʃɪˈlɔːŋ/;[2][3] Khasi: Shillong) is the capital and hill station of Meghalaya, also known as "The Abode of Clouds", one of the smallest states in India.
  • Postcard R P India 1923 Bangalore. Commessariat Rd Civil Servant

    Postcard R P India 1923 Bangalore. Commessariat Rd Civil Servant

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    Shillong (English pronunciation: /ʃɪˈlɔːŋ/;[2][3] Khasi: Shillong) is the capital and hill station of Meghalaya, also known as "The Abode of Clouds", one of the smallest states in India.

About India - Stamps

The East India Company opened a post office in Bombay in 1688, but services were only made available to the general public in 1774 with the fee being 2 annas per 100 miles. Post marks on these letters, called 'Indian Bishop Marks', are very rare. The postal system went through a reform in 1854 and four stamps were introduced that were valid for postage throughout the country with the following denominations:½ anna, 1 anna, 2 annas and 4 annas. Each stamp depicted Queen Victoria, and the 4 annas stamp was one of the first bi-coloured stamps in the world. Under British rule, there were around 652 Princely States. Some of these states had agreements with the Post Office of India to provide postal services within their territories, using official stamps, overprinted by each state. These states were known as Convention States. There was also a larger number of Feudatory States that maintained their own postal systems, with their own state-designed stamps, that were not valid outside of the territory. In 1902, new stamps of higher values were produced depicting King Edward VII. These were followed in 1911 by stamps featuring King George V, and in 1931, the first pictorial stamps, displaying Delhi and the fortress of Purana Qila. The first stamp following the independence of India was issued in November 1947 and shows the Indian flag. In August 1948, a stamp was produced as a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, and one year later, a series depicting India's rich culture, including Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, Sikh and Jain temples, sculptures and monuments.