A commemorative postage stamp on the 50th Anniversary of the India Security Press, an Indian government press :
Issued by India
Issued on Dec 13, 1975
Issued for : The Posts & Telegraphs Department feels privileged to bring out a special postage stamp in multi-colour to mark the occasion.
Description of Design : The stamp design is horizontal and depicts the front view of the building of the India Security Press built originally.
Type : Stamp, Postal Used
Colour : Multicolour
Denomination : 25 Paise
Overall size : 3.91 X 2.90 cms.
Printing size : 3.56 X 2.54 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Watermark : Printed on unwatermarked adhesive stamp paper
Number printed : 30,00,000
Number per issue sheet : 35
Printing process : Photogravure
Designed and printed at : India Security Press
- The origin, growth and expansion of the India Security Press, Nasik Road (Maharashtra) are all epitomized in its “Golden Jubilee” which is being celebrated on completion of the 50th year of its eventful record of service and existence.
- The India Security Press is a commercial department of the Government of India under the Ministry of Finance (Department of Economic Affairs), and is headed by a General Manager. It is engaged in the production of postage stamps and postal stationery for the Indian Posts & Telegraphs Deptt., Non-postal stamps (nonjudicial and judicial), adhesive stamps, etc. for the State Governments and other security forms such as cheques, promissory notes, passport booklets, State Government Bonds, National Savings Certificates etc. etc. for the Central and State Governments and Public Bodies and Currency and Bank Notes required by the Reserve Bank of India.
- Upto 1862, the Indian Postage Stamps were printed by the Survey of India from plates made at the Calcutta Mint. In 1862, M/s Thomas De La Rue & Co., London, obtained a contract for the printing of Indian Stamps (Postal, fiscal, Court fee, etc.); they continued printing them until 1924. It was in view of the impending termination of this contract that the Government of India decided to set up a Press for the printing of stamps in India as a result of this decision, the India Security Press was established at Nasik Road in November, 1925 for producing all security documents i.e., documents representing money value required by the Posts & Telegraphs, Law Courts, Taxation Departments etc. The Central Stamp Store which came to be added as a wing of the Stamp Press in 1928, distributes the products of the Stamp Press to more than 600 treasuries and sub-treasuries in the country.
- Prior to 1860, there was no Government of India currency notes. In 1861 the Bank of England printed the first currency notes for India and they were issued for the first time in March, 1862. The Currency Note Press of the India Security Press was commissioned for printing currency notes on April 14, 1928. The first notes printed there were issued from Kanpur in October, 1928. Since then this Press has the proud privilege of meeting the growing demand of currency and bank notes arising from the growth of the economy. In order to meet the growing demand for currency and bank notes, the Currency Press was further expanded by adding a New Currency Note Press in July, 1961. The currency and Bank Notes of all denominations are printed in the Currency Note Press and New Currency Note Press according to the indents of the Reserve Bank of India. There has been a phenomenal growth in its sphere of activities; it has an increasingly important role to play in the years to come.