|Key: ||970 |
|Issued: ||2034 Stamps / end of 1999|
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|Area - 3,287,590 sq.km; Population - 1,029,000,000; Capital - New Delhi
A Republic, located in southern central Asia, an agricultural and industrial
active country. Second largest populated country in the world.
Under administration of the East India Company until 1858 when it became a Crown
Colony (the 'Jewel' in the British Crown). In 1877 the British monarch began
using the title 'Emperor of India'. In 1947 India was divided into two
self-governing dominions within the British Commonwealth - India and PAKISTAN.
On January 26th, 1950 India was proclaimed a republic, still within the British
Settlements of PORTUGUESE INDIA and French (see INDIAN SETTLEMENTS) used own
stamps until united with india.
First issues on India territory appeared in 1852 for the Sind province. Indian stamps
(while under British influence) were divided into three groups:
stamps inscribed 'India' for use in the British India states valid in the entire
country; stamps as a.m. overprinted with the name of one of six states which had
postal conventions with British India (see states of CHAMBA, FARIDKOT, GWALIOR,
JIND (JHIND), NABHA and PATIALA), and special postal agreement with British India Post
Administration; stamps of feudatory states over which British India had very
little control. These last stamps were valid only in the stamp-issuing states
(33 in total, listed separately).
Indian stamps were also in use in a number of countries under administration
of GREAT BRITAIN (U.K.): in ZANZIBAR until 1896, in SOMALILAND PROTECTORATE until 1903,
in KUWAIT until 1923, in BAHRAIN until 1933, in ADEN and in BURMA until 1937,
in PAKISTAN, MUSCAT AND OMAN until 1947 and in BHUTAN until 1954.
Direct UPU membership since July 1st, 1876. Annual output about 60.
|SCINDE DISTRICT DAWK|
REPUBLIC OF INDIA
Sind Province 1852
East India Company Adm. -1858
Crown Colony 1858-1947
|12 Pies = 1 Anna
16 Annas = 1 Rupee
100 Naye Paise = 1 Rupee (1957)
100 Paise = 1 Rupee (1964)
Great Britain (u.k.)
Muscat And Oman