In fact it 's a set of 2 stamps, 5 rupees and 15 rupees.
Two nice examples of hexagonal stamps with tortoises (turtles).
Of course, that alone is not enough for postal services.
Both stamps were issued in sheets.
Unfortunatly not just one sheet, not two, not even three.... but four different sheets!
First sheet is a sheet with 13 stamps of 5 rupees (= 65 rupees)
The second one is the same sheet, but with 13 stamps of 15 rupees (= 195 rupees)
|13 x 5 rupees|
|13 x 15 rupees|
That should be fair enough, but no, there are 2 additional sheets printed.
One with 5 times 15 rupees and 8 times 5 rupees (= 115 rupees)
And a second one with 5 times 5 rupees and 8 times 15 rupees (= 145 rupees)
|5 x 15 rupees and 8 x 5 rupees|
|5 x 5 rupees and 8 x 15 rupees|
The stamps and the sheets are really nice but in my opinion, a bit of a rip off for Indian stamp collectors.
All sheets were issued in 2008. Thanks to my loyal contacts in India, I was lucky to obtain all 4 sheets, because I noticed that after a short time, those sheets were not available on the Indian market anymore. And that's not for the benefit of the individual collectors.
Nevertheless, a very nice and highly wanted item.
to be continued...