Special cover released on Jain Mandir at Delhi on 15th Nov.
- Sudhir Jain
A Special Cover and Special Cancellation Cachet was ceremoniously released by Shri Ashok Kumar, Director- New Delhi G.P.O. in the august presence of Hon’ble Shri Pravesh Sahib Singh Verma, M.P. on Saturday, the 15th. November, 2014 at Chhoti Dadabari Jain Mandir, South Extension Part-II, New Delhi on the historic occasion of 400th. Anniversary of Anjan Shalaka Pratistha of idol of Jain Teerthankar Bhagwan Neminath ji as well as 200th Anniversary of annointantion of pious Foot Prints ( Pujaniya Charan Paduka) of famous Jain Acharya, Dada Gurudev Shri Jin Kushal Suriji M.S. Mr. Lalit Kumar Nahata was the Convenor of Special Cover Committee.
A private Philately exhibition is going to be held at Mahrajgang,UP first time to promote Philately.Workshop and quiz competition for the children will be organized by the members.
- Sandeep Chaurasia - Gorakhpur
Ananthapuripex-2014, Thiruvananthapuram District Level Philatelic Exhibition at Thiruvananthapuram - 13th - 14th November 2014.
Thiruvananthapuram District Level Philatelic Exhibition 'Ananthapuripex-2014’ was organied by Thiruvananthapuram North Postal Division on 13th and 14th November 2014 at Bhagyamala Auditorium, Chandrasekharan Nair Stadium, Palayam, Thiruvananthapuram.
The exhibition was inaugurated by Smt. K Chandrika, Mayor of Thiruvananthapuran Municipal Corporation. During the inaugural function, a Special Cover on 125 years of first Anchal Stamps was released by Smt. Sumathi Ravichandran, Postmaster General, Mails and Business Development, which was received by Mayor Smt. K Chandrika. The Special cover was brought out to mark the completion of 125 years of the release of Anchal Stamps. (Special Cover approval no. KL-13/2014)
The former Indian State of Travancore had an independent Postal system called Anchal Service. In 1861 (1036 Malayalam Calender Era) Ayilyam Tirunal Maharaja opened the Anchal System to the public. The first adhesive Anchal stamps of denominations 1 Chakram, 2 Chakrams and 4 Chakarams were introduced on 16.10.1888 during the reign of Sree Moolam Tirunal Maharaja. The special cover depicts photos of the Anchal stamps, with Chakram in Malayalam, Padmanabhaswami Temple, The Kings procession etc. in the background. The special cancellation depicts line drawing of the Randu Chakram stamp.
On 14th November 2014 a Special Cover on 150 years of Fort Mission Girls’ High School was released by Shri A Thomas Loudraj, Director of Postal Services (HQ). The cover was received by Smt. Helen Violet L R, Headmistress, Fort Mission Girls' School. (Special Cover approval no. KL/14/2014)
India created history by becoming the first country in the world to reach the red planet's orbit in the first attempt and also became the first Asian country to have sent its space craft successfully into Mar's orbit. The Mars Orbiter Mission - Mangalyaan was launched on 5th November 2013 and after completing its ten month long journey, it was successfully put into Martian orbit on 24th September 2014.
The valedictory function witnessed the release of a Special Cover on Mangalyaan Indian Mars Orbiter Mission. The Special cover was released by Smt. Sumathi Ravichndran, Postmaster General, Mails and Business Development. The cover was received by Padmashree M. Chandradathan, Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Center, Thiruvanathapuram, who was responsible for the launch of the Indian Mars Orbiter Mission, Mangalyaan. (Special Cover approval No. KL/15/2014) The cover depicts the Mangalyaan launcher, the Mars and the Indian Flag. The Special Cancellation depicts the Mars Orbiter between Earth and Mars.
- Indian Philately Digest , Sreejesh Krishanan – Trivandrum
Special Cover from Lucknow
A special cover was released in Lucknow on Golden Jubilee of State Bank of India Lucknow Circle on 31st October 2014.
- Sreejesh Krishnan
The stamp of a collector
G. Balakrishna Das, President, South India Philatelists Association, with his stamp collection
It’s the secret pastime of financial gurus Warren Buffett and Bill Gross, musicians John Lennon, Freddy Mercury and Ron Wood, and even the Queen of England. Former US President Franklin Roosevelt and former French President Nicholas Sarkozy were enthusiasts as well.
Stamp collecting, known as philately, is one of the world’s most popular hobbies and could be a store of value for the meticulous collector.
Recently, a rare stamp from British Guiana was auctioned for $9.5 million by Sotheby’s. This was purchased in 1980 for $9,35,000 and its current price translates into a near ten-fold return on the purchase price. The hefty price makes the one-inch by one-and-a-quarter-inch stamp printed in black on magenta paper the most expensive stamp sold at an auction.
It’s also the world’s most valuable object in terms of weight and size, according to the auction house. The previous record for a stamp was the $2.2-million Treskilling Yellow, a Swedish stamp that is a misprint of an 1855 shilling stamp in the wrong colour.
“Philately is a hobby of kings and king of hobbies,” says Dhirubhai Mehta, President of the Mumbai-based Philatelic Society of India.
“Anybody can collect stamps. G Balakrishna Das, President of the South India Philatelists’ Association (SIPA) has a similar opinion on the hobby: “Making a collection need not require money; you must have patience and perseverance, which makes it perfect. You need not be rich, even a middle class person can do it.”
“A stamp collection gives personal satisfaction if it is pursued properly. You must have a taste for it. We are trying to teach this to whoever is interested,” continues Das, who was recently conferred with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Indo-French Philatelic & Numismatic Association (IFPNA), Puducherry.
J Rolands Nelson, the Secretary of SIPA, says, “Stamps are a visual thing. It’s miniature art.”
Despite the fade-out of postal mail, the interest in stamps remains as avid today as it was decades ago.
Philatelic investment — a popular option in the 1970s — is making a comeback and there are even mutual funds focused on buying stamps with the aim of turning a profit.
“Stanley Gibbons (a collectibles and alternative investment firm listed in London) has a mutual fund for philately,” says Mayank Parekh, an optician and avid stamp enthusiast, adding that it delivers annual returns of about 8-10 per cent.