First Replica Of Indian Stamp: India’s First Gold Layered Silver Stamp Ingot

\"\"By Dr.Pradeep Jain

The symbols of India’s greatness are as numerous as they are diverse. And nothing illustrates them better than Indian postage stamps. For over 60 years, Indian stamps have paid tribute to the great men and women that shaped the country, and marked each historic step on the way to progress.Now, in unique celebration of these distinguished figures and defining moments, 25 stamps have been chosen to be preserved forever as engraved solid pure silver ingots, layered with pure 24-carat gold. The Pride of India Collection is the first and most important stamp ingot collection ever produced for India. It is a treasured heirloom to be passed from one generation to another

In 1778 the great exponent of the art of miniature painting, Nihal Chand, created the legendary face of the Kishangarh Radha, the quintessence of Indian womanhood and grace.

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29 Responses to First Replica Of Indian Stamp: India’s First Gold Layered Silver Stamp Ingot

  1. naresh agrawal says:

    Well, Dr. Jain, I love your this series o f INDIA’S FIRST…. you have very nicely decided to introduce us to the development and changes in postal history of free India.Please keep it up……………..What I feel is ,a collection of India’s first will be worth preserving


    After 35 plus years in existence the actual postage stamp of Radha Kishangarh has not aged well & looks rather dull & almost washed out.
    What a relief to see the gold version of it on a silver ingot.

  3. Krista Mary Joseph,London says:

    It’s a total waste of money, investment wise & hobbywise.Heard one has to shell out around Rs 6000/- for a single piece. The same type of gold stamp, which was issued in USA , were first sold for USD 10.00.Later it was available for around Rs 200 & less, these days.
    The only best stuff to come out from the Indian counterpart is the Gandhi gold stamp (2nd of the series), which might arouse some interest among the Gandhi theme collectors.

    • SUNIL KUMAR GARG says:

      Yes, the so called Pride of India collection is an indulgence
      for the deep pocketed.
      Moreover, I do not agree with the choice of stamps where
      Mahatma Gandhi & R.N.Tagore rub shoulders with the likes
      of Aambani & Tata.
      But one has to give credit where it is due,look closely at the
      veil of Gold Radha Kishangarh -wonderfully executed!!


    Indeed, Pride of India Collection is strictly for the deep pocketed
    indulgence. It is not about philately but a celebration.
    That too, if you agree with the choice of Postage Stamps where
    Mahatma Gandhi & R.N.Tagore rub shoulders with the likes of
    Ambani & Tata.
    To the credit of Gold Radha Kishangarh, look at the veil closely-
    both on the head & in the air, wonderfully executed!!

  5. dr pradeep Jain says:

    Thankyou Mr Joseph, but do you know now the same material which was available for Rs 6000/ is being sold at the cost of Rs 7800/ from 1st April 2011 keeping in the view of hike in prices of metals.So what to do?

    • Mahavir says:

      Look for a ignorant person who does not know cost preferably next generation wait for right time give sad stories show keenness to help but swindle the collection for 60 each doctor saab

  6. Krista Mary Joseph,London says:

    Is there any takers for the same in the secondary market? I very much doubt so, for these gold plated silver stuffs are priced much well over the metal rate.
    Yes, it’s a good collection for Hobbyists, but absolutely certain, not for Investors.
    Ms. Krista Joseph.

  7. anil agarwal says:

    gold stamp collection is very very good

  8. AJAY MEHTA says:

    MR. Krista Mary Joseph, I think PRIDE OF INDIA COLLECTION is a good investment bet because the are going to issue only 7500 sets worldwide i.e LIMITED EDITION, & it is a collectors item.
    A person who had booked the collection at 6000 is already sitting on a fat profit of Rs.1800/replica (30%), not a bad investment at all.

    • SUNIL KUMAR GARG says:

      In my opinion, for something set in Silver & Gold , and
      costing almost a fortune to begin with – a number of 7500 can not be termed as Limited.

  9. mehfooz ahmad says:

    while deciding the price for stamps, ordinary collector,that’s not so rich to invest amount like 6000,should be considered first.dont exploit the philatelist to make money.plz plz keep the prices low for every segment of philatelist.

  10. SUNIL KUMAR GARG says:

    IndiaPost now selling My Stamps at 6 times the face value.
    Before that Gandhi Khadi was sold at 2.5 times the postal value-
    of which say 99 percent will never be used.
    Profiteering on stamp lovers!

  11. N.A. Mirza says:

    Mr. Mahfooz is right that an ordinary collector cannaot afford such a luxury. Secondly, the stamps should not be designed as luxury item. This is insult that the concerned stamp issuing office inflicts on the collector, that such a move should not become apractice and it should be discouraged. Look at the Khadi stamp which reports say are beyond the purchassing power of a common collector. Low price rather affordable price, therefore, not only enables every one – collector or non-collector but also encourages and promotes philately as a hobby.
    N.A. Mirza

  12. Miss Krista Mary Joseph says:

    As far as investment in Gold plated stamps are concerned, collectors are still living in a Fools paradise.It’s high time for so called Filatelists to ‘grow up’.Imagine putting more than Rs 2 Lakhs on Gold plated stamps for more than 3 years & living under the impression, that it would fetch 30% margin.
    If these guys had gone for new India commemorative issues, they would be sitting on a fat profit of minimum 100% in 2 years time.
    Another ‘gimmick’ by India Post recently, to take Collectors for a wild goose chase, is the issue of Customized Sheetlets (17 different themes issued during Delhi Indepex 2011) by Srinagar(51 Sheetlets)& Jammu(73 Sheetlets) for Rs 300 each ( face Value-Rs 60)
    Miss Krista Mary Joseph,London.

    • Dinu says:

      Dear Miss K M Joseph,

      Queen’s English is not my mother tongue.
      Can you please enlighten me with the correct spelling of those fools ( I am one of them) who calls them as Philatelist.

      Is it Philatelist or filatelist?

      Thanks for correcting me.
      Have a great day.

  13. SUNIL KUMAR GARG says:

    My Stamp has been a failure. I think India Post has done a good
    thing by selling them as customized sheetlets albeit, highly questionably at Luxury prices like one would pay for a French Perfume or a Swiss Watch.
    I suppose, India Post is going to kill Mystamp sooner rather
    than later.
    Nonetheless, I got some from Srinagar, for me it is simply the
    most beautiful place I have been to.
    Forget MyStamp, the covers showing Shikara etc….smell & reek of
    this perfect valley called Kashmir.

  14. N.A. Mirza says:

    Miss Krista Mary Joseph, no unparliamentary language please
    N.A. Mirza

    • Miss Krista Mary Joseph says:

      Mr.Mirza,kindly inform the unparliamentary language, i had used in my comment. If ‘fool’ is the unwanted word, i reckon, i had hit the Bull’s eye itself.

      • SUNIL KUMAR GARG says:

        Mr.Mirza please clarify what is objectionable/
        unparliamentary in Miss Krista’s comments about
        Gold Stamps & MyStamps. We are sharing
        views & concerns in our very personal idiom &
        usage. What is wrong with that?
        Im my memory serves me right , than FOOL’s
        PARADISE is a very famous short story told by
        unimitable Oscar Wilde!

  15. N.A. Mirza says:

    Miss Jospeh – Its “Fools’ Paradise”. If it is used in a face to face conversation with dear/close ones or in first person singular then its ok but not in writing. And even “fool” too, which is normally used for a person lacking in understanding, judgement, or common sense. I am sure PhilaMirror readers/collector do not fall under such a category.
    N.A. Mirza

    • Miss Krista Mary Joseph says:

      fool’s paradise ……
      noun ….
      A state of enjoyment based on false beliefs or hopes; a state of illusory happiness.

  16. Sandeep says:

    I like stamps made from paper. I don’t think I will buy golden stamps. I’d buy gold ETF instead.

  17. Dinu says:

    Boo hoo hoo (crying)
    I have no money to buy.
    Even if I had I could have gone only for paper stamp that too to complete my theme from secondary market where the stamps on which even slightest interest shown spirals upward in terms of value.

    The cataligue price in catalogue (Phila India) is not valid in any case.

  18. N.A. Mirza says:

    Dear Mr. Sunil: Please refer to my reply on December 11.
    N.A. Mirza

  19. Shubail Farook says:

    Please tell me as to where can I purchase this from?
    i am also interested in Indian and Foreign Miniature Sheets… anyone interested in selling please contact me at

  20. Shubail Farook says:

    Please tell me as to where can I purchase this from?
    i am also interested in Indian and Foreign Miniature Sheets… anyone interested in selling please contact

    • SUNIL KUMAR GARG says:

      I received several ‘invitations’ to buy these silver ingot-in-gold- film stamps. Hope to find one of those unopened one
      somewhere at mine, will send you scans on your E-Mail then.
      For Indian Philatelic Material search on the Google &
      E-Bay etc. Lots of all sort of stuff is waiting for you.

  21. Ushnish Dutta says:

    Dear sir
    Nice collection at all

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