Key: 970  
Country:
Group: British
Volume: 11
Issued: 2034 Stamps / end of 1999
  
  
 

Information
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
Commonwealth.
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.
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Inscriptions
SCINDE DISTRICT DAWK
INDIA
EAST INDIA
REPUBLIC OF INDIA

Index
INDIA
      Sind Province 1852
      East India Company Adm. -1858
      Crown Colony 1858-1947
      Dominion 1947-1950
      Republic 1950-
      Official Stamps
 
Currency
12 Pies = 1 Anna
16 Annas = 1 Rupee
100 Naye Paise = 1 Rupee (1957)
100 Paise = 1 Rupee (1964)
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Related Countries

PAKISTAN
Pakistan

PORTUGUESE INDIA
Portuguese India

INDIAN SETTLEMENTS
Indian Settlements

CHAMBA
Chamba

FARIDKOT
Faridkot

GWALIOR
Gwalior

JIND (JHIND)
Jind (jhind)

NABHA
Nabha

PATIALA
Patiala

GREAT BRITAIN (U.K.)
Great Britain (u.k.)

ZANZIBAR
Zanzibar

SOMALILAND PROTECTORATE
Somaliland Protectorate

KUWAIT
Kuwait

BAHRAIN
Bahrain

ADEN
Aden

BURMA
Burma

MUSCAT AND OMAN
Muscat And Oman

BHUTAN
Bhutan