Complete Set of 2 nos of commemorative postage stamps on the Indian National Philatelic Exhibition 1977 (INPEX-77), Bangalore :
Issued by India
Issued on Oct 12, 1977
Issued for : The Indian Posts and Telegraphs Department is happy to bring out two postage stamps on the occasion of the Third India National Philatelic Exhibition on October 12, 1977.
Picture : The stamp in Rs. 2 denomination has for its motif a reproduction of the famous ‘Lion & Palm Tree’ design which was never brought into use. One of the two essays prepared at the Calcutta Mint in 1853 had this design which was roughly copied from Wyon‘s design for Gold Mohur. A die of this design was engraved and experiments were carried out at the Mint to produce embossed stamps. A second and somewhat similar die was also engraved in 1853 and essays in various colours and on various papers were printed from this die. The stamp reproduces one of the colour trials from die II of this design which is on display in the National Philatelic Museum, New Delhi.
The stamp in 25 paise denomination depicts an early Postman of Punjab. The photo adopted for the design of the stamp is taken from ‘History of the Post Office‘ by I. Hamilton.
Colour : Multi–colour
Type : Stamps, Postal Used
Watermark : No
Denomination : 25 & 200 Paise
Overall Size : 25p – 3.91 X 2.90 cms., 200p – 3.34 X 2.88 cms.
Printing Size : 25p – 3.55 X 2.54 cms., 200p – 2.98 X 2.52 cms.
Perforation : 25p – 13 x 13, 200p – 14 x 13½
Paper : unwatermarked adhesive stamp paper
Stamps Printed : 25p – 30,00,000 in sheets of 35 and 200p – 20,00,000 in sheets of 42
Printing Process : Photogravure
Designed and Printed at : India Security Press
- The India National Philatelic Exhibition (INPEX–77) being organised by the Indian Posts and Telegraphs Department from October 12 to 16, 1977 at Bangalore is the third one of its kind, the first and second having been held in New Delhi (1970) and Calcutta (1975) respectively. India has also staged two International Philatelic Exhibitions in 1954 and 1973. Besides a series of Philatelic Exhibitions at the State and District levels have also been held in various Postal Circles.
- There is no doubt that the Philatelic Exhibitions, held periodically, have generated considerable interest in this educative hobby. It is particularly gratifying to note that more and more people, particularly from the younger generation, have been enthused to take to this creative pursuit.
- The Exhibition which had a capacity of 1,000 frames displayed some of the rare and outstanding collections in the country.