Complete Set of 4 nos of commemorative postage stamps on Inauguration of Republic of India :
Issued by India
Issued on Jan 26, 1950
Issued for : A new series of postage stamps commemorating the inauguration of the Republic of India was issued by the Indian Posts and Telegraphs Department.
- 2 annas : A boy and a girl watching a procession of cavaliers carrying flags and blowing trumpets which herald India’s attainment of full nationhood. This stamp was intended for inland postage. Colour of the stamp is Red.
- 3.5 annas : A quill dipped into an inkpot with a number of leaflets in the background inscribed in Hindi with Mahatma Gandhi‘s favourite hymn ‘Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram‘ and in illustrative of India’s nation building programme in the realm of Education. This stamp was intended for foreign letter mail. Colour of the stamp is Blue.
- 4 annas : An ear of grain set vertically in the centre with an indigenous ploughshare placed diagonally behind a star-spangled background and is symbolic of India as an essentially agricultural country. This stamp was intended for registration. Colour of the stamp is Violet.
- 12 annas : An indigenous handloom (Charkha), symbolic of India’s Cottage Industry and of her progressive evolution with each round of the wheel. In the background is a piece of cloth which is hand spun and hand woven and which in its turn symbolises the importance of the ‘Charkha’ in India’s rural economy. This stamp was intended for foreign air mail. Colour of the stamp is Maroon.
- Common design for all the stamps above : The words ‘Republic of India‘ and ‘Inauguration January 26, 1950‘ are inscribed along the sides of the stamps. On one of the sides appear the word ‘POSTAGE‘ and the denominational value in English. In the top right hand corner of the inset is inscribed the word ‘BHARAT‘ and the value of the stamp in Hindi (Devnagri) script.
- The 2 annas denomination is intended for inland postage, the 3½ annas for foreign letter mail, the 4 annas for registration and 12 annas for foreign air mail.
- Simultaneously with these commemoratives, a First Day Cover and a Folder will also be brought out. The designs for these have been obtained through the courtesy of the Commercial Arts Section of Sir J. J. School of Arts, Bombay.
Designed by Messrs. D. J. Keymer & Co. Ltd., Calcutta
Type : Stamps, Postal Used
Watermark : Yes [a multiple of five pointed star]
Denomination : 2 annas, 3.5 annas, 4 annas & 12 annas
Size : 1.14″ X 1.54″
Perforation : 13 x 13
Stamps Printed : 2a – 19.7 Million, 3½a – 1.2 Million, 4a – 6.9 Million and 12a – 2.5 Million (each in sheets of 128)
Printing Process : Offset
Printers : India Security Press, Nasik Road