Indian Philately today has reached new heights.Various new collectors are taking interestin this field…Previously the main collections were concentrated to thematic only but today it has also been classified as Se-tenants, Sheetlets and MS
Now as far as classification is concerned, There is one type which has been mixed or rather I\’dsay mis-interpreted.
Se-tenants as we so call it, has been mostly mistaken by a Tete-beche, a triptych and mix stamps.Firstly I would like to clarify that a Se-tenant is a pair of stamp Joined together that looses itsvalue on seperating it. It is purposely designed to be collected as a pair not singles, and thus theyare issued as a pair of stamps and not single stamps.
Having cleared that, A se-tenant is suppose to be a pair of stamps appearing as one complete image. Though there actually exists two stamps of different denominations also, but they together potraya complete image and if seperated, the image is broken.
A SE-TENANT becomes a TRIPTYCH when 3 stamps together complete the Image. Tete-Beche can be easily distinguished as it is a pair (horizontal or verticle) where one stamp is an inverted image. The colorand denomination of both the stamps in the pair is same. If seperated, then both stamps appear as same!
The point I wanted to raise here is, even though there is a remarkable difference between a se-tenant and other kinds, today also many learned philatelists and collectors have mis-understood the whole concept of se-tenant.
How can a block of 4 of Landmark Bridges of india, Indian Coast Guard, Spices of India, political leaders etc. etc. can be included in the category of se-tenant? Does the design of any of these stamps depict a whole picture?Aren\’t there Sheets of these stamps issued in Singles?Doesn\’t issuing a single stamp in sheet form seperatelydefies the meaning of se-tenant?
Recently a new trend has started where philatelist are buying MIX Sheets of stamps issued in sets (like Indian CoastGuard) and tearing them in different designs to make set of 4 stamps joint together is various ways….But pleasedo not call them different se-tenants…Cmon, they are not even a se-tenant…you cannot change the design / shape of a se-tenant.