Indian Philately:Some Interesting Facts (1947-2007)

By Radha Krishna Mishra

1. Only three stamps were issued in 1947,1951,1956.

2. Highest no. of stamps that is 76 were issued in 2001.

3. Lowest value of stamps that is 60np were issued in1959.

4. Highest value of stamps Rs 447/- were issued in 2003.

5. Value in stamps in anna and pies continued up to 1956.

6. Naye Paise  introduced on 01/04/1957 and continued up to early 1964.

7. Paise introduced in 01/04/1965 up to date.

8. Total no. of stamps issued from 21/11/1947 up to01/10/2007-are 1878 approx.
9. Total value of stamps issued from 21/11/1947 to 01/10/2007 Rs- 5358.63. approx.

10. Highiest Value of Stamp is Rs 45.00 -12/08/2001

11. Lowest Value of Stamp is 9 pies -10/10/1949

12. stamps were not issued in 1955.
13. In 708 months 1878 stamps were issued at the average rate of 2.65 stamps per month. Amounting Rs 7.56 per month.

14. From 1947 to 1966 In 230 months 158 stamps were issued at the rate of 1.45 stamps per month.Amounting Rs 4.77 per month

15. From 1967 to 1986 In 240 months 611 stamps were issued at the average rate of 2.45 stamps per month. Amounting Rs 2.02 per month.

16. From 1987 to oct 2007In 250 months 1109 stamps were issued at the average rate of 4.43 stamps per month. And Rs 19.30 per month stamps were issued.
17. In 708 months 1878 stamps were issued at the average rate of 2.65 stamps per month. And Rs 7.56 per month.

 Some Figures (21/11/47 to 13/12/06)

No. of Stamps Year Value No. of Stamps Year Value No. of Stamps Year Value in Rs
3 1947 1r,1a 17 1967 2.55 56 1987 118.30
5 1948 11r,13a 23 1968 8.00 57 1988 77.80
4 1949 1r,2a 3pies 24 1969 10.95 50 1989 63.20
4 1950 1r,5 1\\2a 25 1970 5.80 35 1990 90.30
3 1951 1r 18 1971 3.60 56 1991 220.00
6 1952 1r,8a,3pies 17 1972 7.15 38 1992 138.00
5 1953 2r 34 1973 17.05 35 1993 108.50
6 1954 1r,9a 28 1974 14.70 35 1994 152.50
1955 NO ISSUE 43 1975 22.25 34 1995 112.00
3 1956 1r,2a 37 1976 23.10 43 1996 163.00
9 1957 2.63np 38 1977 35.25 72 1997 304.00
8 1958 1.95np 34 1978 20.25 67 1998 290.00
4 1959 60np 22 1979 12.70 62 1999 269.00
7 1960 1r,90np 39 1980 27.40 70 2000 289.00
16 1961 3r,90np 37 1981 28.90 76 2001 406.00
15 1962 2.25np 38 1982 63.20 54 2002 314.00
15 1963 5.25np 36 1983 45.00 71 2003 447.00
16 1964 2.80np 33 1984 34.00 55 2004 358.00
13 1965 1.95 38 1985 47.50 49 2005 325.00
16 1966 2.4 30 1986 55.50 59 2006 335.00
= 218 m 48.18 611 240 m 484.85 1074 225m 4580.60

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25 Responses to Indian Philately:Some Interesting Facts (1947-2007)

  1. Rajesh Pareek says:

    Shared are the stamps-data…I have found them highly useful… I appreciate it……Friends in this HOBBY are requested to contact ( and share/exchange their knowledge/experience/stamps……Thanks…Rajesh Pareek

  2. Anil kr Pujara says:

    Hats Off to the efforts n Sh Mishra Ji. Pl keep it up.Thanks

  3. Sandeep says:

    Dear Mishra Ji,
    Very nice and exhaustive data analysis indeed, on post independence commemorative stamps of India.
    I have a little doubt about highest value of stamp Rs.45.00 – 12/08/2001 (point nr. 10).
    Can you please elaborate on this, as I am unable to find from Indian stamps catalogue for commemorative stamps, any issue on the said date? (But I noticed an issue on 15.12.1997, face value Rs. 45.00, on Mother Teresa.)

  4. Anil kr Pujara says:

    Please note that set of four stamps were released on CORALS. Out of 4 stamps from this set one stamp was in the denomination of Rs.45/=

    • Sandeep says:

      Dear Pujara Ji,
      Thanks very much for the valuable info.
      Yes, I could find it now. Beautiful stamps on Corals of India.
      But the date of issue is still not clear. If you are having the issue literature, can you please specify the actual date?
      Thanks in advance.

  5. N.A. Mirza says:

    A very researched & statistical piece every philatelist and collector of Indian issues must preserve. I suggest Mr. Radha Krishna Mishra send it with some scanned stamps to one of the dailies for use in its features section in weekend supplement. Hindu daily used to run such articles in the past and I think that daily may carry it.

    N.A. Mirza


    Mr Sandeep Have checked,there is no issue at all.Thanks for correcting me I will check up my mail also.
    thanks for reading, this write up was made in 2005,the image can be available at number of place.For your information i have made a C.D.from inception(Pot independence) up to 2007,image of stamp, year date of issue cost of stamp with there names.I have scans Numbers of browser scans and kept under HIDE.SO WHEN NEEDED IT IS AVAILABLE WITH MY FINGERS TIP. PLEASE KEEP ON SUGESTING. MISHRA


    I think 1957-Boy eating Banana stamp, from the Children’s Day Series had a denomination of 8 np. which is lower than 9 pies mentioned by you.
    Also, our 3rd definitive had a Map stamp worth 01 np. only.
    Anyway, thanks for compiling such a list-a great way to recall
    & remember facts hard to memorize otherwise.


    Oops! Golden Jubilee of First Aerial Post stamps, issued in 1961, of
    the 3 from the series one had a value on 05 np only. That beats the 08 np. Children’s Day 1957 issue handsomly.

    • Sandeep says:

      Garg Sir,
      You are right about the denomination numerals there.
      But I feel that Mishra Sir is also not wrong there, as perhaps he means the face value.
      Before 1957, we had the system:
      1 rupee = 16 annas = 64 paise (1 anna = 4 paise) = 192 pies (1 anna = 12 pies), meaning 1 paisa = 3 pies.
      So if we consider only commemorative issues (what Mishra ji has considered there too, perhaps), then we have in 1949 the 9 pies UPU (greenish) issue and 1952 the 9 pies Kabir issue. Both face value = 9 pies = 3 paise, which is lowest perhaps. Please correct me if I am wrong. (I was not even born then 🙂 )

  9. anil kr pujara says:

    Dear Sandeep Ji, The set of four stamps on Coral was issued on 22.08.2001.

    • Sandeep says:

      Thanks a lot Pujara Ji for the info.
      I was always confused with the issue date of this one, as I saw different version at different places e.g. 22.07.2001, 02.08.2001 and lastly 12.08.2001.
      Now I can be sure that it is 22.08.2001, as you tell according to the brochure 🙂

  10. Dinesh k saini says:

    I think the highest denomination till date , any indian stamp has is Rs 100.The honour goes to the KHADI STAMP released on 12 Feb. 2011.

  11. SUNIL KUMAR GARG says:

    Right Mr.Sandeep. Philatelic Dealers, perhaps rightly differentiate by
    pre-anna & post-anna issues. As even 1949 UPU 9p issues was what
    is called the FROZEN SERIES that began from 15-8-1947 until 26th Jan, 1950 when India became a Republic. So, even UPU-1949 issues &
    Kabir-1949 issues are technically different. ( Three winners for the
    lowest denomination??)

    • Sandeep says:

      Yes Garg Ji,
      Perhaps comparing the denomination values of stamps would always be debatable, and rather a futile exercise to carry out. As we always find that “Worth of a Rupee is more today as compared to tomorrow”. So inflationary effects will never allow us to have a fair comparison, even between stamps printed in two subsequent years.
      Roughly calculating by cost inflation index (1981-82: 100 and 2011-12: 785) makes things costlier 7.85 times after 30 years), and perhaps the Gandhi ji Khadi stamp of 2011, face value Rs. 100, would be equivalent to a Rs. 12.75 stamp in year 1981). Another fancy extrapolation might lead to conclusion that, if the 1948, Gandhi ji Rs. 10 stamp was to be printed today, then India Post will not be wrong in assigning a face value of Rs. 1000 to it.
      I request Mishra ji, if possible, to please share comparisons with respect to other philatelic parameters like, stamps size, shape, perforation size, color, printing method, paper used, issue quantity, total no. of stamps from a particular printing company, no. of stamps on popular themes etc. etc…to make it more interesting.
      But I hope that in an endeavour of discovering interesting facts about stamps, we do not flare up some false sparks for a particular issue, in the philately dealers market, and end up with extraordinarily high quoted prices on ebay >:D
      “Philately, the King of Hobbies. The Hobby of Kings.” “So uneasy lies the head, that wears a crown.” Have a good night everyone 🙂
      Best regards.

      • SUNIL KUMAR GARG says:

        Inflation is such a vast subject & should be out of
        bounds of stamp collecting. Dealers are very-2
        smart & they differentiate simply by Anna Series
        & the issues THEREAFTER.
        The travails of adopting a new currency system is
        not unique to India only but is faced by almost all
        newly independent countries. Our RBI first
        took a baby step on 26th Jan 1950 by withdrawing old coins & issuing New Coins…




    KUCH AANKRE (Figures)
    NO of Stamps year value NO of Stamps year value NO of Stamps year

    3 1947 1r,1a 17 1967 2.55 56 1987
    5 1948 11r,13a 23 1968 8.00 57 1988
    4 1949 1r,2a 3pies 24 1969 10.95 50 1989
    4 1950 1r,5 1\2a 25 1970 5.80 35 1990
    3 1951 1r 18 1971 3.60 56 1991
    6 1952 1r,8a,3pies 17 1972 7.15 38 1992
    5 1953 2r 34 1973 17.05 35 1993
    6 1954 1r,9a 28 1974 14.70 35 1994
    1955 NO ISSUE 43 1975 22.25 34 1995
    3 1956 1r,2a 37 1976 23.10 43 1996
    9 1957 2.63np 38 1977 35.25 72 1997
    8 1958 1.95np 34 1978 20.25 67 1998
    4 1959 60np 22 1979 12.70 62 1999
    7 1960 1r,90np 39 1980 27.40 70 2000
    16 1961 3r,90np 37 1981 28.90 76 2001
    15 1962 2.25np 38 1982 63.20 54 2002
    15 1963 5.25np 36 1983 45.00 71 2003
    16 1964 2.80np 33 1984 34.00 55 2004
    13 1965 1.95 38 1985 47.50 49 2005
    16 1966 2.4 30 1986 55.50 59 2006
    35 2007

    158 218month 48.18 240month 484.85 1109 227month
    Note:- The refrence matching of figures with the facts can be on the next page.

    • SUNIL KUMAR GARG says:

      Dear Sri Radha Krishna Mishra Jee,
      Thanks for compiling data which is such a strenuous task.
      Personally, I care more about the visual aspects like the
      maximum no. of colors used on a single stamp.
      -The most beautiful single color Children’s Day stamp.
      -The 3 most beautiful , 2v se-tenant.
      -The 3 most beautiful Birds stamp.
      -The 3 most beautiful Wild Life Stamps.
      -The 3 most beautiful stamps on World Institutions.
      -The 3 most beautiful stamps on Indian Personalities
      & so on and on.

      For example, I like the Police se-tenant the most & the most
      beautiful wild life stamp is 1987 Snow Leopard.
      The choice is going to be rather personal but interesting,perhaps.

  13. Harpreet Singh says:

    Dear Seniors,
    I am a beginner in the field of stamp collection, but I do possess a huge collection which was presented to me by my dad…& I am trying to maintain his legacy..So.plz could u guide me as I am new to the field…

    With Regards,
    Harpreet Singh

  14. SUNIL KUMAR GARG says:

    Dear Mr. Harpreet, I would advise that first of all you buy as many high
    quality stock-books, say German Prinz, as your huge collection
    demands. Here too stock-books containing the largest possible leaves
    i.e. 30 are the most cost effective.
    The most important thing about stamps is to know about them. So,spend
    some time everyday on the internet visiting philately and dealer sites.
    Arrange to receive newsletters from the likes of SG & Linn etc.
    To keep on receiving new issues by India Post subscribe to P D A/c.
    service to a phiatelic bureau if already not done so.
    And keep on asking questions !

    • Sandeep says:

      Dear Garg Ji,
      I am also like Mr. Harpreet somewhat a beginner in stamp collecting. I take this opportunity to have your views as well as of other senior philatelists on storage of stamps. viz.,
      – Should we use stock books or stamp mounts pasted on album pages?
      – Is there some recommended temperature and humidity range under which the stamps need to be stored?
      – Do we need to carry out any ‘maintenance schedule’ for our stamps?

      Perhaps there should be an article from you on this topic.

      I remember having raised my queries on this earlier also. But unfortunately no answers yet.

      • SUNIL KUMAR GARG says:

        Articles are for thorough experts. I am just a stamplover first yet caring for the investment aspect also demands keeping abreast of old and conventional wisdom, here internet is a boon.
        To avoid condensation of moisture dealers swear by controlled climate thru Air Conditioned room. Silica Gel bags can be used to absorb moisture.
        Mounting mints is a clear No No. Acetate stamp
        guards is the way to go.
        Newer, better display techniques are introduced by the likes of Prinz, SG & Scott etc. quite
        frequently-so be prepared for them by keeping
        your stamps in a high-quality stockbook first.
        I have read somewhere that in the USA they
        store Billions of Dollars worth of mint stamps
        in an underground salt mine….
        I hope to share anything new I find about proper storage of stamps on the internet… In the
        meanwhile you too are requested to please let me
        know if you find anything new on the subject!

    • Harpreet Singh says:

      Dear Sir..,
      Thanks for your valuable thoughts,they will really help me..As u have asked me to open a PD A/c i have already done so but the services over here are not so I do receive the issued stamps much later than others..I do have stock books which I bought from Archie’s but they are too costly,but to maintain such a huge collection you need to spend a decent amount..One more thing I would like to ask you is how should you keep the stamps in a stock book i.e. by sequence or by the date they were issued etc…As Mishra Sir says my father will guide me so it is not a possibility as he is no more with me to help me out…That’s why I am considering you all seniors as my teacher…
      With Regards…


    Dear Harpreet Singh


    Dear Harpreet Singh
    You state about the stock stamps pre independent/post independent-mint/used- stamps and other materials of other than India-fdc-post cards-special envelops etc. So you asses your stock position and there value.First you arrange and know the VIRAST and then arrange ,upkeep
    I think you have got less interest in your VRASAT otherwise you must. have knew the basic things.Keep in mind that this hobby needs money.we must know you are want a stamp holder or a philatelist.
    My suggestion is you must contact some senior local philately,do not part with any materiel or exchange unless you become matured in this area..

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