Saturday, 28 July 2012

What is it that makes Stamps rare? A glimpse of rare Indian Bodhisattva and Japanese Mount Fuji Deer Stamps!

One of the thrills of being a collector of stamps stems from the belief that you might be having stamps that are rare in your collection! Misprints or defective prints make stamps rare, especially if the defects go undetected and the defective stamps go into circulation. One example of such a stamp is given below:

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The defect is obvious in the above pictures of stamps belonging to the early fifties. The stamp on the left shows an image of Buddha with his left hand held out, placed over his left knee, while the stamp on the right shows Buddha with his right hand placed over his right knee. One of the two stamps is clearly an error.
Stamps become rare as they age. Thus the older the stamps, the rarer will they be. They are also an important source of History, as they might carry important information about a particular era. The following pictures are of Japanese stamps dating from the period of 1922 to 1937:

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Both stamps seem to be similar except for the colour used. While one is printed in blue ink, the other is printed in brown paint. The price of both stamps is the same, but what distinguishes them is the choice of colour! Three stamps featuring a design of Mount Fuji were issued between 1922 and 1937 and became known as the Fuji Deer stamps.

17 comments:

  1. hi i have one of those stamps. how much is the value please.

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  2. i meant the indian boddhistiva one ..

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    1. Well if you have the misprint, then you are lucky! The misprint has a value of 199 dollars!

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    2. Dear Rodrick in Bodhisattva which one is misprint?

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    3. Jay, I am not very sure, but then one of them is a misprint. I suggest that you consider the set as one unit!

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    4. the right hand raised is the misprint

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  3. Hi,I am PSR. RAJU, from Hyderabad city.I have 65 Nos. each the Bodhisatva Stamps both as shown above . If any hobbyists require for their collection can contact me at my mail : psrraju1953@gmail.com - Thanks

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    1. Dear Raju, you have a fortune on your hands if you have 65. What matters in this case is whether they are authentic!

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  4. Dear Mr. R. Lal, Thanks for the appreciation... the stamps BODHISATTVA both designed are genuine ones ...and value is not much ...if any Philatelists require for their collection please contact me at : psrraju1953@gmail.com

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  5. Any one who intends to collect the set of both i.e. the misprint & also the correct Bodhisatta stamp may please contact me over Email : datta_pratik@yahoo.com.

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  6. Any one who intends to collect the set of both i.e. the misprint & also the correct Bodhisatta stamp may please contact me over Email : datta_pratik@yahoo.com.

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  7. datta_pratik@yahoo.com.I have a set of both the stamps. Please contact me over phone 9040585844

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  8. datta_pratik@yahoo.com.I have a set of both the stamps. Please contact me over phone 9040585844

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  9. Hi.I have the blue Fuji.Is it misprint or the correct one? Can you mention its value please? My id dipankar.sristi@gmail.com

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  10. Hi.I have the blue Fuji.Is it misprint or the correct one? Can you mention its value please? My id dipankar.sristi@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Dipankar, all the genuine Mt. Fuji Stamps are rare, especially the early ones. It was only later that the modifications were put in. As far as the value is concerned, I am sorry, you will have to research further!

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  11. If any body interested for both the stamps please. Contact satish. Mohanty 2012 @gmail.com or mobile phone number 09040585844.

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