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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

India-Patiala-1891-1900-A Queen Victoria 1 Rupee Postage Stamp-Illustrated

Illustrated below is the 1 Rupee (slate) issued in 1891-1900 for Patiala, an Indian Convention State during British rule. Indian Convention States were those states of India that came under direct British rule. This distinguished them from states called Indian Native States or Feudatory States  that were still independent but recognized Great Britain as the dominant power throughout India.

Within the Indian Convention States all stamps were issued by Britain but overprinted with the name of the convention state to which they were assigned.  The stamp is also overprinted for official use indicated by the word "Service". The 1 Rupee was the highest value in a set of stamps with nine values from a Half Anna (blue-green) to the 1 Rupee.


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