Like many postal services, the Indian postal system has issued many stamp designs over the course of its history. These designs include stamps inspired by nature, political events, commemorative occasions, influential people, and more. In order to collect and value stamps from India, collectors should learn about the country's history and learn some tips for determining the value of stamps. Stamp collecting is a fun hobby that many people find quite addicting.
British Indian Stamps
In the mid-1800s, Britain assumed control of India. At that time, the British released an Indian stamp called the Scinde Dawk. Several British Indian stamps featuring images of historical figures such as Queen Victoria, King Edward VII, and King George VI followed over the years. The Scinde Dawk is a rare and valuable sticker due to its significance in history as well as its odd round shape. The second round of stamps released in 1854 in different colours. As the first stamps issued under British rule, they are valuable collectables.
Republic of India Stamps
The next big event for India came in 1947 when they became independent from Great Britain and formed the Republic of India. Following this event, the country issued stamps featuring the Indian flag from 1947 until 1949. Four versions of the stamps released on the date of independence with the caption 'India Postage'. India has designed many more stamps since that time, including commemorative stamps such as the 1949 Universal Postal stamps, the Mahatma Gandhi 1948 stamp, and the inauguration stamp in 1950.
Indian Refugee Relief Stamps
The refugee relief stamps raised revenue for Pakistani refugees. They feature the country's national emblem, although several designs have existed since the end of British rule. Many collectors attempt to find all the different versions.
The Value of Stamps from India
Valuing a stamp collection is always challenging because so many factors come into play. The first is rarity. Stamps printed in limited quantities, especially if few stamps still exist in good condition, tend to have higher values. Historical events also have an impact on value because people often want to collect stamps with special meaning. Condition is important, as well. Mint stamps never circulated through the postal system are the most valuable. In addition, the image quality and proper centering have an impact on value.