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Monday, 25 September 2017

586) Year of the Dog (2018):  50 Euro Gold Coin and 20 Euro & 10 Euro Silver Coins issued by the Monnaie de Paris   celebrating the new Lunar New Year (2018):

586) Year of the Dog (2018):  50 Euro Gold Coin and 20 Euro & 10 Euro Silver Coins issued by the Monnaie de Paris   celebrating the new Lunar New Year (2018):

The Monnaie de Paris has issued new Lunar New Year coins which celebrate the "Year of the Dog". This is the first coin in a 12 year long series which concludes in 2029.

How does the Lunar or Chinese Zodiac work?

I consulted some of the books which have been kept in my personal library and got acquainted with some interesting facts about the Chinese Zodiac/calendar:

The exact origins of the 12 animal signs is rather lost in the obscurity of time, but there is no doubt that they originated in China. In terms of Chinese astrological "history", the 12 animals are a rather recent introduction - for it seems that in the 2nd Century BC, Ssu Ma Chi'en (163-85 BC), who was the grand astrologer to Emperor Wu Ti , wrote the Shi Chi or "Historical Record" which was a complete history of the Chinese up to that time. In this book, there is no "Zodiac" or mention of the 12 animals.

Originally, the 12-year cycle that it takes the planet Jupiter to complete one orbit of the sky was believed to have defined the earlier calendars. The Chinese still call this cycle "the Great Year" and each month corresponds to one of our own years.

By the 10th Century, however, after Buddhism had been established in China, Calendar Almanacs, such as those written by the Tibetan monks in exile in the "Caves of the Thousand Buddhas" monastery in the remote reaches of North-western China, depicting the 12 animals, came into existence.

The legend of the Conference of animals called by the Buddha and naming of the 12 year cycle after 12 animals, for the Chinese Calendar:

According to a legend, it was the Buddha (583-483 BC) who created the 12-animal cycle. He is believed to have invited all the animals in the land to hold a conference together. The Buddha was not surprised, as in his wisdom, he knew that some of the animals were friendly towards others, while other animals were enemies. 

To encourage attendance, he decided to name the years after the first twelve animals, in the order of their arrival.

An invitation from the Buddha was hard to resist, and when they heard the news, all the animals set off at once , each determined to be the first to arrive.

 Tiger, because of his energy and speed, at first took the lead. Soon, though, he began to tire and the early lead that he had achieved over his next rival Ox, who may have been slow, but had great stamina, soon dissipated. Ox reached the Buddha ahead of Tiger and prepared to bow down low to receive his honour.

But, what the sturdy ox did not know was that clever Rat had sneaked a ride on his tail !! Just before Ox's nose touched the floor at the Buddha's feet, nimble and swift Rat ran up Ox's tail, along his back and jumped off his nose, thus winning the race to be the first to bow before the Buddha. So Rat (or "Tze" is its Chinese name), became the first animal in the Chinese Zodiac, followed by a rather resentful Ox (Chou).

Tiger (Yin), Rabbit (Mao), Dragon (Chen), Snake (Si), Horse (Wu), Goat (Wei), Monkey (Shen), Rooster (You), Dog (Xu) and Pig (Hai), all followed, and in that order, paid homage to the Buddha and were each honoured with a year.

Interestingly, Dragon is the only mythical beast in the Chinese circle of Zodiacal animals.

According to the Lunar or Chinese Zodiac, each year is assigned to the above-referred animals according to a 12-year cycle. As such, the year of the Dog includes, for example 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018 and 2030.

The next year  is the Year of the Dog (2018) following the present Year of the Rooster (2017):

As with the Western Zodiac, persons born within that year  are said to possess certain personality traits or have pre-destined luck in romance, fortune and other aspects which bring happiness or sorrow. 

It is believed that Rooster is so resourceful that he will find a worm even in the desert and he is associated with the "five virtues" -  fortune, courage, goodness, confidence and honour.

In ancient Chinese writings, Dog was represented as a hand holding a spear. As such Dog symbolises alertness and loyalty and is associated with justice and compassion.

The Sign of the Dog emphasises the importance of the self in those who are born under its sign. They are intelligent persons who hold much of their thought process deep inside and are not always known for being able to share these thoughts freely with others. 

Those born under the Sign of the Dog are said to live very rich inner lives, underlining the more personal aspects of basic human life. They often get lost in thought, appreciate the options that they encounter every single day and can often entertain themselves for hours on end with their own amusements and thoughts. 

About the 3 coins brought out by Monnaie de Paris (the Paris Mint):

The three coins issued by the Monnaie de Paris (or the Paris Mint), in pure gold and silver come in three sizes and denominations (10, 20 & 50 Euros):

The Obverse sides of all three coins depicts a Chow Chow, a traditional dog breed originally from Northern China, where it is referred to as "Songshi Quan", (which means a "puffy-lion dog"). The dog is surrounded by a motif of Chinese inspiration and a graphic pattern. The Chow Chow is shown emerging from the middle of the coin through a temple door.

The words "ANEE DU CHIEN" (meaning "Year of the Dog") are placed along the upper periphery above the primary design. The traditional character for the word "Dog", ("Xu" in Chinese) is placed on the Chow Chow image is the work of a master of Chinese calligraphy. The year "2018" appears on the centre top periphery.
The 50 Euro Gold Coin Obverse shown against a backdrop of an image of a 20 Euro Silver Coin Reverse


                 The Obverse face of a 10 and 20 Euro Silver Coin


                       The Obverse face of a 50 Euro Gold Coin



The Reverse of a 20 Euro Silver Coin. The 20 Euro Silver piece has been struck through a special high-relief technique that highlights the intricately detailed design in a relief 10 times greater than that of an ordinary strike.




                     The Reverse face of the 50 Euro Gold Coin



On the Reverse side of all the coins are depicted all the 12 animals and years that make up the Chinese Zodiac cycle represented on a traditional screen alongside a temple door (the same one by which the Chow Chow (Dog) has "crossed" onto the Obverse side). 

The denomination and initials of "RF" are included on the two sides of the "closed" door image. The text "CALENDRIER CHINOIS (meaning "Chinese Calendar") is depicted below the image of the door. 

On the outer periphery are included the years included in the "Year of the Dog" 12 Year Cycle from "2018 to 2029"

All the coins in this Series share the same design across all three denominations.

The specifications of the coins are:

Gold pieces:



Denomination: 50 Euros; Metallic Composition: .9999 Gold (Au); Weight: 7.78 grams; Diameter/Size: 22.0 mm; Coin Quality: Proof; Year of issue: 2017. Mintage: 500 pieces; Mint: Monnaie de Paris (Paris Mint, France).

Silver pieces:

Denomination: 20 Euros; Metallic Composition: .999 Silver (Ag); Weight: 22.0 grams; Diameter/Size: 37.0 mm; Coin Quality: Proof; Year of issue: 2017. Mintage: 5,000 pieces; Mint: Monnaie de Paris (Paris Mint, France).

Denomination: 10 Euros; Metallic Composition: .999 Silver (Ag); Weight: 22.0 grams; Diameter/Size: 37.0 mm; Coin Quality: Proof; Year of issue: 2017. Mintage: 5,000 pieces; Mint: Monnaie de Paris (Paris Mint, France).








Links:

 1) Honouring Louis Braille on the Bicentenary of his birth in 2009

2) Honouring Charles Eduord Jeanneret popularly known as Le Corbusieur, the French architect who built the modern city of Chandigarh & several other projects: A 10 Franc Banknote issued by the Swiss National Bank 

3) Fort St. George Museum, Chennai (Part iii): i) Indo-Danish coins ii) Indo-Dutch coins iii) Indo-French coins iv) Indo-Portuguese coins 

4) a) Central Bank of West African States issues: the "Franc African Financial Community" (FCFA) b) Bank of Central African States issues : the "Franc Financial Cooperation in Central Africa (FFCCA)

5) French Indo-China issues: A silver one Paistre coin issued in 1895 

6) Financial Institution for issuing uniform currency/coinage for French Overseas Territories in the Pacific & French Southern Territories of Antarctica: The Institut d'emission d'outre-Mer (IEOM) for French Polynesia (Tahiti), New caledonia, Wallis-et-Futuna and the erstwhile New Hebrides (present day Vanuatu)  

 7) Coinage of the French Polynesian Island of New Caledonia (or Nouvelle-Caledonie in French) - the CFP Franc

8) Bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo and Napoleon's exile to St. Helena (Part I): A one Crown Commemorative Coin issued by the Ascension Island 

9) Bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo and Napoleon's exile to St. Helena (Part II) : coins commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo: 1) A 5 GBP coin issued by the Royal Mint UK: 2) A "Drie Landen Zilverset" issued by the Royal Dutch Mint - which includes coins of Netherlands, Belgium and UK 

 10) Jeanne d'Arc or Joan of Arc or "The Maid of Orleans" or "La Pucelle": 200 & 50 Euro gold coins and 10 Euro Silver coins issued by Monnaie de Paris in July 2016

11) i)"Europa Coin Programme" or the Eurostar Programme ii) Monnaie de Paris has issued a series of six coins with the theme "The Age of Iron & Glass" in January 2017

12) 100th Anniversary of Auguste Rodin's passing away commemorated with gold and silver Euro coins issued by the Monnaie de Paris under its on-going "The 7 Arts" Coin Series

 13) Statue of Liberty, Paris, France: "Treasures of Paris": Coin series issued by Monnaie de Paris on 20.01.2017

14) Marianne (or Liberty): "The Trilogy": A set of Euro denominated coins in Gold and silver brought out by Monnaie de Paris in January 2017 






Sunday, 24 September 2017

585)  St Bernard "Barry" (1800-1812): A 50 Franc Gold Coin issued by the Swiss Federal Mint honouring the life and deeds of this famous dog: Coin issues date: 14.09.2017:

585) St Bernard "Barry" (1800-1812): A 50 Franc Gold Coin issued by the Swiss Federal Mint, Switzerland, honouring the life and deeds of this famous dog: Coin issues date: 14.09.2017:

The Swiss Federal Mint has issued a gold coin which commemorates the famed mountain dogs from St. Bernard, who are a familiar sight in many parts of the Alpine nation, as well as, remembering the services of one particular dog - Barry.

In the 11th Century, Canons Regular of Saint Augustine founded a hospice as a refuge for travellers and pilgrims on the 2,469 metre (about 8,100 feet) Great Saint Bernard Pass.

Large mountain dogs have been kept at the hospice since the mid-17th century to guard and protect those staying there.

The first visual evidence of the presence of mountain dogs at the hospice dates back to 1695, and the first written document is a hospice memo from the year 1707.

The dogs were rapidly adopted as "companion dogs" and also as "rescue dogs" for travellers who lost their way in the snow and mist. The dogs from the Great saint Bernard Pass saved the lives of hundreds of people.

The reputation of the Saint Bernards (then called "Barry dogs") grew throughout Europe in the 19th Century, thanks to chronicles published in many languages and reports passed by word of mouth from the soldiers who had crossed the pass with Napoleon Bonaparte in 1800.

One particular dog - the legendary Saint Bernard "Barry" -lived at the hospice from 1800 to 1812. This famous dog saved the lives of over 40 persons , and over the years, numerous folk-lores were linked to his heroic tales by families of the grateful persons he had saved and travellers . These stories have contributed greatly to the reputation of Saint Bernard dogs, in addition to Barry's own legend. 

The 50 Francs Gold Coin depicting Barry together with his trusty cask of brandy just under his chin (traditionally worn around the neck).In the background is the Great Saint Bernard Pass at the Italy-Switzerland border

Switzerland's Natural History Museum in Bern has devoted a special exhibition to the stuffed, original Barry and the stories of his heroic deeds. The Barry Foundation in Martigny attests to the continued existence of the original Saint Bernard dogs. 

The Swiss Treasury and National Bank have authorised the issue of this gold coin, in the memory of this brave dog, whose exploits were the stuff of legends.

The Commemorative 50 Francs Gold Coin:

The Reverse of the 50 Francs Gold Coin shows Barry, together with his trusty cask of brandy just under his chin (traditionally worn around the neck), with the inscription "BARRY" on the lower right periphery. In the background is the hospice on the Great Saint Bernard Pass at the Italy-Switzerland border.

The Obverse of the 50 Frances Gold Coin shows the name of the issuing authority "CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA", the year of issue "2017" and the denomination of the coin "50 FR". The "B" mint mark of the Bern mint is below the numeral "50".

The specifications of this coin are:

Denomination: 50 Francs; Metallic Composition: .900 Gold (Au); Weight: 11.29 grams; Diameter/Size: 25.0 mm; Coin Quality: Proof; Maximum Mintage: 4,500 pieces; Designer: Maya Delaquis; Coins with artist's certificate: 200 pieces. Minted 
The box in which this coin is being housed together with the Certificate of Authenticity









Other Interesting posts:







Saturday, 23 September 2017

584) India Canada Joint Issue: a set of two Stamps issued jointly by Canada Post and India Post on 21.09.2017:

584) India Canada Joint Issue: a set of two Stamps issued jointly by Canada Post and India Post on 21.09.2017:

India and Canada have a long standing close relationship based on shared values of democracy, pluralism, equality for all and the Rule of the Law.

Strong people to people contacts and the presence of a large Indian Diaspora in Canada provide a strong foundation for the relationship. The two countries cooperate closely in the areas of trade and investment, Science & Technology, Civil Nuclear Energy, space, clean energy, agriculture and health among other sectors.

Both sides are closely cooperating and engaged in further deepening and strengthening this partnership with a view to harnessing its full potential.

As a result, bilateral trade and investments have witnessed an increase in recent years and air connectivity has been strengthened. The two countries also have a convergent outlook on many pressing regional and global issues.

The first-ever joint issue of commemorative postage stamps on the theme of Diwali is a symbol of strong friendship between India and Canada, as well as, a tribute to the contributions made by the Indian Diaspora to the multi-cultural fabric of Canada. This is a historic first for these two postal services.

It is also reflective of the strong co-operation between the Postal Departments of the two countries. This joint issue is taking place at a time when Canada is celebrating its 150th Anniversary of the Confederation and India, the 70th Anniversary of its Independence.
A First Day Cover (FDC) issued by India Post shows at left four women lighting "diyas"(or "lighted lamps") in celebration of the Diwali Festival.  The FDC is titled "India Canada Joint Issue". At right is the Miniature Sheet of Stamps (MS) of 2500 Paise or rs.25/- and 500 Paise or Rs.5/- issued by India Post depicting one "diya" each, with a large diya at left. The Cancellation handstamp is of New Delhi Head Office and the cancellation is dated "21.09.2017".

The "Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan" ("Clean India Mission") logo is on the centre bottom periphery and carriesthe slogan "Ek Kadam Swacchta Ki Ore" (meaning "A step towards cleanliness").
The First Day Cover (FDC) bearing the two Cancelled stamps, issued by India Post.

The Miniature sheet issued by India Post bears the two stamps or 2500 Paise or Rs.25/- and 500 Paise or Rs.5/-


The Full Sheet of stamps - 9 x 5 = 45 stamps of 2500 Paise or Rs.25/- each
The Full Sheet of stamps - 9 x 5 = 45 stamps of 500 Paise or Rs.5/- each
A se-tenant of four stamps each on the two denominations - 2500 Paise or Rs.25/- and 500 Paise of Rs.5/-


The Hindu Festival of “Diwali” or “Deepawali” (“Deepawali” means a “Necklace of Lamps or Lights”):
Diwali” or “Deepawali” is one of the most significant Hindu Festivals which celebrates the triumph of good over evil. It spans a total of five days every autumn and is also the beginning of the New Year for the Hindu community.


As per the Hindu calendar, Diwali falls on the eve of or on, the new moon that occurs between mid-October and mid-November.

Break-up of the five days of celebration of the Diwali Festival:


The first day of the festival is called “Dhanteras”  the second day  is called “Naraka Chaturdasi”, the third day is the main festival – “Diwali or Deepawali”, the fourth day is called “Kartika Shuddha Padyami” and the last day of the festival is called “Bhai Dooj”.


Dhanteras”: is one of the most important days before Diwali. On this day, people buy new clothes, brass cooking utensils and jewellery for their families.


Naraka Chaturdasi” (or “Choti Diwali” – meaning a “lesser or smaller celebration of Diwali”): This falls on the fourteenth day of the month of Kartik and marks the vanquishing of the demon Naraka by Lord Krishna and his wife Satyabhama.

Diwaliis celebrated on “Amavasya” – the 15th day of the dark fortnight of the Hindu month of “Kartik” (October/November) every year.


Kartika Shuddha Padyami or Bali Padyami, Padwa or Varshapratipada: This marks the coronation of King Vikramaditya and the start of the “Vikram Samvat” (the Hindu calendar) which started from the Padwa day.


Bhai Dooj or Bhau Beej or Bhaiya Duj”: is based on the relationship of the brother and sister. On this occasion, sisters pray to God that their brothers have a long, prosperous and successful life. They perform the “Tika ceremony” (applying vermillion on the foreheads of the brothers) then in return, they get gifts from their brothers. This festival symbolises the bond between brothers and sisters.


In North India “Bhai Duj” also symbolises the return of Lord Rama along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman from his 14 years of exile after vanquishing Ravana.


Traditional customs:


Before the Festival, many Hindus traditionally go shopping, clean their homes, open their doors and windows, make intricate “rangolis” (“colourful aesthetically pleasing designs/patterns” on their floors to welcome guests & the New Year).


“Rangolis”: are in the nature of vibrant floor patterns traditionally made from materials such as rice powder, coloured sand and flower petals and lighted “diyas” (lamps) in the hope that Goddess Lakshmi or Laxmi, (the Goddess of wealth and prosperity) will visit their homes and hearth.


In some regions of India, people play games, just as in Hindu folklore, Lord Shiva, the God of Destruction did.


On the festive main day of Diwali, families pray to the Goddess Lakshmi, dress up in their best clothes, and partake of lavish feasts and sweets, exchange gifts and light “patakhas” or “fire-crackers” as a mark of celebration.


How is Diwali celebrated:


The Diwali Festival dates back to the time of Ancient India. Diwali is a shortened version of the Sanskrit word “Deepawali”, which translates into “a necklace of lamps or lights”.


Diwali is one of the most colourful, sacred and widely celebrated festivals of India and across the world by ethnic Indians. Besides India, Diwali festival is widely observed by Canada, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Nepal, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia etc., where there is a significant presence of people of Indian origin.
 A few days before Diwali houses, buildings, shops and temples are thoroughly cleaned, white-washed and decorated with pictures, toys and flowers.


During Diwali, the flickering oil-wick “diyas” or “earthen lamps” (as the one shown on this Forever stamp below) or electric lamps/lights,  light up every nook and corner of the homes of the observers of this festival which is celebrated around the world, across continents. The underlying symbolic concept is that darkness should be expelled from every place and the observers of the Festival are led into light, which is symbolic of health, wealth, prosperity and happiness.


As a corollary/extension to this underlying symbolic concept, there is a Sanskrit “Mantra” – “Asto ma Sadgamaya, Tamaso Maa Jyotir Gamaya, Mrityormaamrit Gamaya, Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti” (which translates into English as “From Ignorance lead me to Truth; From Darkness, lead me into Light; From Death lead me into Immortality; Om Peace, Peace, Peace”).


At the  World Stamp Show held at Javits Centre, New York from 28.05.2016 to 04.06.2016, India Post show-cased a Series of elegant Special Covers one of which focussed on the concept of learning with part of the above “mantra” -  “Tamaso Maa Jyotirgamaya” (“From Darkness lead me into Light”) 
(For a more comprehensive reading of the Special Covers showcased by India Post at the exhibition, where I have explained the themes of each day & given interesting details of USPS and Indian Stamps/Covers exhibited please visit my following post: 1) World Stamp Show New York 2016

Other essential traditions:


For the Diwali festival, Hindus go shopping for new clothes and gold ornaments which they wear at the time of performing “pujas” (“worshipping rituals”) before the Goddess Laxmi or Lakshmi (the goddess of wealth and prosperity) and to Lord Ganesh, the deity of happiness and auspicious beginnings. Flowers, sweets, food are among the other essentials in which celebrations are carried out to welcome the coming New Year.


On the night of Deepawali, the “pujas” are performed for Lord Ganesh and Goddess Lakshmi, everywhere in India to invoke their blessings during the coming year in the form of health, wealth, happiness and prosperity.


Importance of the Festival to Jainism & Buddhism:


For the adherents of the Jain faith too, Deepawali has a great significance, because it was on this auspicious day that Lord Mahavir, the last Jain “Tirthankar” (meaning “ Fjord builders” or “One Who Helps you to Attain Permanent “Moksha” or “Salvation” in the After-Life) had attained “Nirvana” (deep unending meditation or sleep, when the human soul leaves for its abode in the heavens) at Pavapuri. For the Jains, this Festival is known as “Deva Diwali(For my post on Lord Mahavir, please click on the following link:Lord Mahavir: 24th & the last Tirthankar of Jainism )

In Buddhism too, this Festival has a lot of significance as Emperor Ashok had converted to Buddhism on this day and took on a lifetime’s mission of non-violence, peace and harmony among all nations. (For my post on Lord Buddha, please click on the following link: 1) 2550 years of Mahaparinirvana of the Buddha: Commemorative stamps issued by India Post  )

The US Postal Service too had issued a "Forever Stamp" on 05.10.2016 depicting a lighted "diya" (earthen Oil lamp) details of which can be accessed at the following link on this blog - US Postal Service (USPS) Issues: Forever Stamps: Celebrating the Festival of Diwali with Forever Stamps


For a $1 coin issued by Perth Mint Australia, please visit mt post at the following link:  Diwali Festival 2017: A $1 coin issued by Perth Mint Australia on behalf of Tuvalu Islands

Diwali celebrations in Canada:

Diwali celebrations in Canada are similar to those in India, with many members of the Indian diaspora in Canada lighting rows of lamps, giving donations to the needy, exchanging gifts and enjoying special sweets and fireworks displays.

In Canada, members of the Indian community gather at Hindu temples, community centres, churche basements and on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, the capital of Canada, to socialise and celebrate together. Diwali is also a time for sending greetings to friends and family across the country and around the world, with both traditional and e-Cards being the most popular methods of communication.
A First Day Cover (FDC) issued by Canada Post bearing the two stamps with domestic Canadian values, with Diyas on them. The FDC is titled "DIWALI".The Official First Day Cover (FDC) has been cancelled with the hand-stamp of Toronto, ON.


A Miniature sheet issued by Canada Post with the stamp denominations identical to the Indian issues - i.e. 2500 Paise or Rs.25/- and 500 Paise or Rs.5/-
A First Day Cover (FDC) bearing a 2.50 Canada domestic rate stamp and a 2500 Paise or Rs. 25/- stamp



A Souvenir sheet of stamps issued by Canada Post bearing a 2.50 Canada domestic rate stamp and a 2500 Paise or Rs. 25/- stamp

Technical Data

Issuer: Department of Posts, India or India Post & Canada Post

Date of issue: 21.09.2017

Denomination of Stamps: (India Post): 2500 Paise or Rs.25/- and 500 Paise or Rs.5/-, 

No. of Stamps printed: (India Post): 305,000 (each)

Miniature Sheets Printed: (India Post): 101,000 (each)

Printing Process: (India Post): Wet Offset

Printer: (India Post): Security Printing Press, Hyderabad

Canada Post: The  Canada Post stamps have been designed by Doreen Colonello of Entro Communications and India Post and printed by Lowe-Martin. The permanent domestic-rate stamps measure 30.0 mm by 35.0 mm. They are printed in five colours plus a varnish and are available in booklets of 10. 

A stamp with a red background is the Canadian design, while one with a gold background was designed by India Post. The Souvenir sheet has a Canadian international rate stamp and an Indian stamp.

Canada Post has joined hands with India Post to issue stamps that celebrate Diwali, the festival of Lights, an important annual celebration  for many Hindus. Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains in Canada and around the world. The joint stamp issue is a historic first between these postal services and reflects Canada's diversity particularly in the year of Canada 150.

About a month ahead of Diwali celebrations, which will be held from 19-23 October 2017, two domestic rate stamps have been issued by Canada Post.


Canada's religious diversity: The Diwali stamps areamong several that reflect Canada's religious diversity 150 years after the Confederation. Canada Post issues  include annual Christmas stamps with a Christian image and another with a secular holiday theme.

In May 2017, Canada Poat issued an Eid stamp, in celebration of Eid-al-Fitr and Eid-al-Adha - two important festivals for Canada's more than one million Muslims and those world-wide. A Hanukkah stamp is proposed  to be brought out, recognising the Jewish faith's 8-day celebration in December 2017.









Links to posts on Army Post Office (APO) issues:


1) No. 2 Squadron AF "The Winged Arrows", Platinum Jubilee Celebrations: A Special Cover issued by 99 APO on 01.12.2016


2) 18th Battalion - The JAT Regiment- Commemorating the Golden Jubilee of its raising on 01.10.1966 at Secunderabad


3) 7 Engineer Regiment: Golden Jubilee celebration of its raising on 01.05.1966 : A Special Cover brought out by 56 APO on 05.12.2016.


4) 151 Air Defence Regiment (Self Propelled) (Chhamb): Golden Jubilee Celebrations: A Special Cover brought out by 56 APO on 05.12.2016


5) 66 Armoured Regiment: Golden Jubilee Celebrations (1966-2016). A Special Cover issued by 56 APO on 06.12.2016


6) 3 Squadron (IAF) (COBRAS): Platinum Jubilee Celebrations (1941-2016): A Special Cover brought out by 56 APO on 10.12.2016

7) 2nd Battalion The Mahar Regiment: Platinum Jubilee (1941-2016): A Special Cover brought out by 56 APO on 13.12.2016

8) The Brigade of The Guards: Commemorating the XXV BIENNIAL CONFERENCE & XI REUNION -2016: A Special Postal Cover issued by 56 APO on 21.12.2016




10) 1 Air Formation Signal Regiment Platinum Jubilee Celebrations - 2016. A Special Cover brought out by 56 APO on 20.12.2016


11) 29 Air Defence Regiment (SAMBA): 60 years of Glorious Service : A Special Cover issued by 99 APO on 24.12.2016

12) 102 (VC) Engineer Regiment: Celebrating the Golden Jubilee of its raising in 1965: A Special Cover issued by 99 APO on 28.12.2016

13) 130 Air Defence Regiment: Golden Jubilee Celebrations: A Special Cover issued by 56 APO commemorating the occasion on 28.01.2017

14) 3rd Battalion The Sikh Regiment: Centennial of the Battle of Hai fought on 01.02.1917 during WW I : A Special Cover issued by 56 APO on 01.02.2017

15) 27 Air Defence Missile Regiment (Amritsar Airfield): Platinum Jubilee Celebrations (75 Years) A Special Cover brought out by 56 APO on 04.02.2017

16) 237 Engineer Regiment : Golden Jubilee Celebrations ( 50 Years of Glorious Service). A Special Cover brought out by 99 APO on 11.02.2017


17) 26th Battalion The Madras Regiment: Golden Jubilee (1967-2017): A Special Cover brought out by 56 APO on 16.02.2017

18) Tri Services Veterans: Inaugural Armed Forces Veterans day: 14.01.2017: A Special Cover issued by 56 APO on 14.01.2017:


19) 79 Medium Regiment: Golden Jubilee Celebrations (1967-2017): A Special Cover brought out by 56 APO on 01.03.2017:


3) INS Vikramaditya: Celebrating the induction of the Aircraft Carrier into the Indian Navy: A Commemorative stamp issued by India Post on 04.12.2013

4) Commemorative Stamps on "Project Rukmini"

5) The Scinde Horse: A Commemorative Stamp of 500 Paise or Rs.5/- issued by India Post on 16.11.2012 


6) Aero India 2015: Asia's Premier Air Show: A set of 10 Post cards issued by Karnataka Postal Circle, India Post in 2015. 

6) International Fleet Review - 2016 (IFR - 16) held at Vishakhapatnam from 04.02.16 to 08.02.16: Commemorative Postage stamps issued by India Post 

8) Bicentenary of the Raising of the Poona Horse Regiment  (July 1817 - July 2017): A Commemorative 500 Paise or Rs.5/- stamp issued by India Post on 11.02.2017 

13) India's First International Fleet review held on 18.02.2001 at Mumbai 

23) Commemorating the Bicentenary of the Raising Day of the First and Third Gorkha Rifles: Commemorative stamps issued by India Post. 












Links to Posts on Indian Post-Cards:


1) Historical First Day Covers on Post Cards compiled by Karnataka Postal Circle on Post Independence India

2) For Part I of the DYKS (32) "Birds of the Himalayas", please click on the following link: ("Birds of the Himalayas" (Part I) - Description of 16 birds with picture postcards)

3) For Part II of DYKS (32): "Birds of the Himalayas", please click on the following link: ("Birds of the Himalayas" Description of 16 Birds with picture postcards)

4) For Part III of DYKS (32): "Birds of the Himalayas" please click on the following link: ("Birds of the Himalayas" Description of 16 Birds with picture postcards)

5) Two Series of Postage Stamps issued during the reign of George V: Inauguration of New Delhi in 1931 and Silver Jubilee of the reign of George V in 1935 compiled by Karnataka Postal Circle   

6) Aero India 2015: Asia's Premier Air Show: A set of 10 Post cards issued by Karnataka Postal Circle, India Post in 2015. 

7) Himalayan Lakes: Chanratal, Roop Kund, Sela, Tsangu and Tsomo Riri: A set of five post cards issued by India Post in 2015 

8)  Incredible India: (Part I) A set of 48 Post Cards issued by India Post in 2015
9) Incredible India: (Part II) A set of 48 Post cards issued by India Post in 2015
10)   Incredible India: (Part III): A set of 48 Post cards issued by India Post in 2015
 11) Olympic Events: A set of 12 Post cards issued by the Karnataka Postal Circle, India Post on 11.07.2016  

12) "Orchids": A set of 12 postcards issued by the Karnataka Postal Cicle of India Post, with designs inspired by 6 Stamps on Orchids issued by India Post on 21.10.1991 and 6 Stamps issued on 08.08.2016 

13) Legendary Women (of India): A set of 10 Post-cards issued by Karnataka Postal Circle of India Post in 2015 

14) Sundarban (Part I): A set of 48 Post Cards brought out by Karnataka Postal Circle of India Post in 2015 

15) Sundarban (Part II): A set of 48 Post cards brought out by Karnataka Postal Circle of India Post in 2015 

16) Sundarban (Part III): A set of 48 Post Cards brought out by Karnataka Postal Circle of India Post in 2015 

17) Football Legendaries: A set of 18 Postcards issued by Karnataka Postal Circle of India Post in 2015 

18) Wild India - Mammals: Part I): A set of 48 Post Cards issued by Karnataka Postal Circle of India Post in 2015 

19) Wild India - Mammals (Part II): A set of 48 Post Cards issued by Karnataka Postal Circle of India Post in 2015 

20) Wild India - Mammals Part III): A set of 48 Post Cards issued by Karnataka Postal Circle of India Post in 2015 

21) Butterflies of India (Part I): A set of 48 Post Cards issued by Karnataka Postal Circle of India Post in 2016 

22) Butterflies of India (Part II): A set of 48 Post Cards issued by Karnataka Postal Circle of India Post in 2016 

23) Butterflies of India (Part III): A set of 48 Post Cards issued by Karnataka Postal Circle of India Post in 2016 

24) Beetles: A set of five stylised Post Cards issued by the Chennai Postal Circle of India Post 

25) Endangered Species (Birds): (Part I) Greater Adjutant Stork: A set of four picture Post Cards issued by India Post 

26) Endangered (Bird) Species: (Part II) The Lesser Florican: A set of four post cards issued by India Post 
  
Maximum or Maxim Cards: 

1) Did You Know series (33): 1) Maxim or Maximum Cards 2) A set of 5 Maximum Cards issued by the Department of Posts, India to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Establishment of the High Court of Judicature at Allahabad 

2) Orchids: A set of six Maxim or Maximum Cards issued by the Karnatala Postal Circle, India Post on 08.08.2016

3) Exotic Birds: A set of six Maxim Cards issued by India Post on 05.12.2016 

4) Nature: India: A set of six Maxim Cards issued by India Post on 25.01.2017 

5) Headgears of India: A set of 16 Maxim Cards issued by Chennai Postal Circle of India Post on 10.02.2017 

6) Means of Transport through the Ages: A set of 20 Maxim Cards issued by India Post on 25.03.2017: 

"My Stamps" Albums:

1) "Ajanta & Ellora Caves": "MyStamps" (issued by India Post): Sumita and Rajeev

 2) "Ghats of Varanasi": "MyStamps" (issued by India Post): Sumita

3) "Sun Temple, Konark": "MyStamps" (issued by India Post): Rajeev 

4) "Fairy Queen": "MyStamps" (issued by India Post): Rajeev 

5) "Mahabodhi Temple": "MyStamps" (issued by India Post): Rajeev 
  
 6) "Port Blair Island": "My Stamps" (issued by India Post): Rajeev

 Links to other Commemorative Stamps posts on Indian Stamps issued during 2017:

1) Splendour of India: Happy New Year: A set of 12 Stamps issued by India Post on 01.01.2017

2) 350th Prakash Utsav: Guru Gobind Singh Ji: A commemorative Stamp of Rs.10/- brought out by India Post on 05.01.2017

3) India-Portugal: Joint Issue: A set of two Stamps commemorating the Dandiya and Pauliteiros Dances issued by India Post on 07.01.2017 

4) Dr. M.G. Ramachandran (or MGR) Birth Centenary : A Commeorative Postage stamp issued by India Post on 17.01.2017 

5) Nature: India: A set of six commemorative Stamps issued by India Post on 25.01.2017 

6) India Post Payments Bank (IPPB): A commemorative stamp of Rs.5/- brought out by India Post on 30.01.2017 

7) Headgears of India: A set of 16 stamps issued by India Post on 10.02.2017 

8) Bicentenary of the Raising of the Poona Horse Regiment  (July 1817 - July 2017): A Commemorative 500 Paise or Rs.5/- stamp issued by India Post on 11.02.2017 

9) Centenary of Ramjas College: A Commemorative Stamp of 500 Paise or Rs.5/- brought out by India Post on 13.02.2017 

10) Ladybird Beetle: A set of four Stamps brought out by India Post on 23.02.2017 

11) Yogada Satsang Society of India Centennial Celebrations: A 00 Paise or Rs./ stamp issued by India Post on 07.03.2017

12) Means of Transport Through The Ages: A set of 20 stamps issued by India Post on 25.03.2017 

13) Kotmi Sonar Crocodile Reserve/Park: A Special Cover brought out by Chhattisgarh Postal Circle on 29.01.2017 during a Philatelic Exhibition titled "BILASPEX 2017" 

14) Cub Scouts: Celebrating the Centenary of the Cub Scouts Movement in India and abroad in 2016 by issuing a commemorative stamp by India Post on 30.03.2017

15) Shivneri Fort: A Special cover brought out by Philatelic Bureau, Pune and Maharashtra Postal Circle of India Post on 30.03.2017  

16) Ahmednagar Fort: A Special Cover brought out by the Philatelic Bureau, Pune and Maharashtra Postal circle of India Post on 30.03.2017 

17) World Theatre Day: A Special Cover brought out by Karnataka Postal Circle of India Post on 27.03.2017 

18) Coffee Stamp Rs.100/- (Part I) : The Strange Case of "Non-Fragrance" Wet Off-Set Stamps passed on as "Coffee Fragrance Stamps" by India post, thus defrauding/cheating its customers, released on 23.04.2017 

19) Coffee Stamp Rs.100/-: (Part II) The Strange Case of "Non-Fragrance" Wet Off-set Stamps passed on as "Coffee Fragrance Stamps" by India Post, thus defrauding/cheating its customers, released on 23.04.2017 

20) Bharat Ratna Bhimrao Ambedkar Institute of telecom Training, Jabalpur: 75 years of its establishment: A commemorative stamp issued by India Post on 22.04.2017: 

21) Logo on Leaf (Cachet): TANAPEX 2017: A Special Cover released on 05.01.2017: 

22) Traditional Sarees of Tamilnadu: TANAPEX 2017: A Special Cover released on 05.01.2017 

23) 250 Years of Thyagabrahmam or Tyagayya or Saint Thyagaraja: TANAPEX 2017: A Special Cover released on 06.01.2017

24) Thiruvarur Temple Car: TANAPEX 2017: A Special Cover released on 06.01.2017 

25) Lord Arthanareeswarar Temple, Tiruchengode:TANAPEX 2017: A Special Cover released on 06.01.2017  

26) Thanjavur Maharaja Serfoji's Sarasvati Mahal Library: TANAPEX 2017: A Special Cover released on 06.01.2017 

27) Spice of India: Turmeric: TANAPEX - 2017: A Special Cover released on 06.01.2017 

28) Legends of Tamil Cinema: 1) Samikannu Vincent 2) T.P. Rajalakshmi 3) M.G. Ramachandran : TANAPEX 2017: Three Special Covers issued on 07.01.2017   

 29) "Deekshabhoomi": The place of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar's initiation into Buddhism: Two Commemorative stamps of 500 Paise or Rs.5/- denomination issued by India Post on 14.04.2017

30) Viswanatha Satyanarayana, Tarigonda Vengamamba & Atukuri Molla: A set of 3 Stamps of 500 Paise each issued on 26.04.2017

31) Ramanujacharya: Millennium (1017-2017): 1000th Birth Anniversary: A commemorative stamp of 2500 Paise or Rs.25/- brought out by India Post on 01.05.2017 

32) Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI): A 500 Paise or Rs.5/- stamp issued by India Post on 05.05.2017 
  
33) Champaran Satyagrah Centenary: (1917-2017): Three commemorative stamps issued by India Post in the denominations of Rs.5/-, Rs.10/-, and Rs.25/- on 13.05.2017: 

 34) Torna Fort: A Special Cover issued by Maharashtra Postal Circle of India Post on 29.03.2017

35) Sinhagad Fort: A Special Cover brought out by Maharashtra Postal Circle of India Post on 29.04.2017

36) Eminent Writers: A set of five Commemorative Stamps issued on Kishan Chander, Bhisham Sahni, Srilal Shukla, K.V. Puttappa and Balwant Gargi by India Post on 31.05.2017 

37) International Day of Forests or World Forestry Day -. A Special Cover issued by Karnataka Postal Circle of India Post on 21.03.2017 

38) Forest Research Institute , Dehradun: (19th Commonwealth Forestry Conference 3-7 April 2017): A Special cover issued by Uttarakhand Postal Circle of India Post on 03.04.2017 

39) Jhala Mann Singh (Jhala Manna): The martyr of the famous Battle of Haldighati: A Commemorative stamp of 500 Paise or Rs.5/- issued by India Post on 18.06.2017 

40) Survey of India: 20th Anniversary Commemoration celebrated with the issue of two stamps by India post on 22.06.2017: 

41) The Passport act, 1967:50 Years Commemoration: A 2500 Paise or Rs.25/- stamp brought out by Indiapost on 23.06.2017 
 
42) Banaras Hindu University (BHU): Celebrating the Centenary of its establishment (1916-2016): Two commemorative stamps brought out by India Post on 28.06.2017

43) Shrimad Rajchandraji: 150th Birth Anniversary Commemoration: A 500 Paise or Rs.5/- Stamp issued by India Post on 29.06.2017 


44) Freedom Movement in India (75 Years) A set of 8 stamps issued by India Post on 08.08.2017

45) The Caves of Meghalaya: A set of 4 stamps brought out by India Post on 15.08.2017

46) Beautiful India: A set of two stamps brought out by India Post on 15.08.2017

47) Vulnerable Birds - A set of 3 stamps issued by India Post on 18.09.2017



Links to other Commemorative Stamps posts on Indian Stamps issued during 2016:

1)  Special India Post Cover  carried in a dedicated Hot Air Balloon flown during the II International Hot Air Balloon Festival held in Pollachi, Tamilnadu, released by Tamilnadu Circle of India Post in January 2016

2) "Vibrant India": Postage Stamps issued by India Post on this theme

3) MAHAPEX - 2016 held at Nasik from 16-18.01.16: (Part 1) Spl. Covers on Pandu Leni Caves and Smt. Kusum Dhirubhai Mehta released by Maharashtra Postal Circle on 16.01.2016 

4) MAHAPEX - 2016 held at Nashik from 16-18.01.2016: (Part 2) Spl.Covers on Kalaram temple and Nashik "Grape City & Wine Capital of India" released by Maharashtra Postal Circle on 17.01.2016 

5) MAHAPEX - 2016 held at Nashik from 16-18.01.16: (Part 3) Spl. Covers on "Nashik Dhol" and "Dr. Anand Gopalrao Joshi" released by Maharashtra postal Circle on 18.01.2016 

6) International Fleet Review - 2016 (IFR - 16) held at Vishakhapatnam from 04.02.16 to 08.02.16: Commemorative Postage stamps issued by India Post 

7) Celebrating 75 Years of setting up of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal : Commemorative Postage Stamps brought out by India Post. 

8) PUNPEX - 16 held at Chandigarh from 06 - 09.02.2016: (Part 1): Spl. Covers on "Indian Dak Runner" & "The PUNPEX-16 logo" released by Punjab Postal Circle on 06.02.2016 

9) PUNPEX - 16 held at Chandigarh from 06-09.02.2016: (Part 2): Spl. Cover on "Butterflies of Chandigarh" released by Punjab Postal Circle on 07.02.2016 

10) PUNPEX - 16  held at Chandigarh from 06-09.02.2016: (Part 3): Spl. Cover on "Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary, Chandigarh" released by Punjab Postal Circle on 07.02.2016 

11) PUNPEX - 16 held at Chandigarh from 06-09.02.2016: (Part 4): Spl. Cover on "Migratory Birds of Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh" released on 07.02.2016 

12) "Gurudwara Shri Paonta Sahib": Spl. Cover released by HP Postal Circle, of India Post 

13) India's First International Fleet review held on 18.02.2001 at Mumbai 

14) "Jal Mahotsav" on the River Narmada from 12-21.02.2016: Spl Cover issued by the Department of Posts, India 

15) "Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv", Ujjain 22.04.2016-21.05.2016: MAPPEX-2016 Spl Cover released by Postmaster General, Indore Region, India Post on 07.02.2016 

16) Unique Handicrafts of Madhya Pradesh: MAPPEX 2016: A Special Cover issued by the Postmaster General , Indore Region, Indore, on 05.02.2016 

17) Golden Jubilee of The Statesman Vintage & Classic car Rally": Special Cover issued by the Delhi Postal Circle, New Delhi on 28.02.2016 

18) Mahamaham Kumbha Mela Festival, Kumbhakonam, Tamil Nadu: February 13-22, 2016. Special Cover issued by the Postmaster General Tamilnadu Circle, Chennai, India Post. 

19) "Maharaja Agrasen ki Baoli " in New Delhi: "UTSAV 2016"- A Special cover issued by the Delhi Postal Circle on 17.02.2016 

20) Archbishop Benedict Mar Gregorios Birth Centenary celebrations : A Special Cover issued by Delhi Postal Circle, New Delhi, India Post on 15.02.2016

21) Shri Lakshmi Narayan Temple: UTSAV 2016: A Spl Cover issued on 17.02.2016 by Delhi Postal Circle, New Delhi 

22) National Science Centre Delhi: UTSAV 2016: A Spl Cover issued by the Delhi Postal Circle, New Delhi , Department of Posts, India on 16.02.2016 

23) Commemorating the Birth Centenary of Vasantrao Srinivassa Sinai Dempo: A Rs.5/- Stamp issued by  India Post on 04.03.2016 

24) 150th Anniversary of the Allahabad High Court : Commemorative Stamps & Coins issued by the Department of Posts, India & India Government Mint, Mumbai respectively 

25) National Archives of India (Part 1): 125th Anniversary Celebrations: Commemorative Stamps issued by the Department of Posts, India on 13.03.2016 

26) The Gilgit Record (Manuscripts): National Archives of India (Part 2) A 30 paise Stamp issued in 1979,  by the Department of Posts, India. 

27) "A Minor Rock Edict" of Samrat ashok found in Gujarra , Distt. Datia M.P. : A Special Cover issued by the Indore Region, MP Postal Circle, Deptt. of Posts, India

28) "Batesara Group of Temples": A Special Cover issued by Indore Region, M.P. Postal Circle, Deptt. of Posts, India 

29) "India-UN Women HeForShe Programme": Commemorative Stamps issued by India Post  

30) Fire Services of India: A Rs. 5/- Stamp issued by the department of posts, india to honour the "Fire Services of India

31) Govardhanram Tripathi: Commemorative Rs.5/ Stamps brought out in his honour by the Department of Posts, India. 

32) The "Everlasting Flame international Programme 2016": A Special Cover issued by Delhi Postal Circle, Department of Posts, India. 

33) "Ahimsa Ball": Commemorating the 10th Installation Ceremony of the Ball: A Special Cover issued by the Delhi Postal Circle on 26.04.2016 

34) "BRICS Friendship Cities Conclave 14-16 April 2016, held at Mumbai: A Special Cover issued by the Maharashtra Postal Circle on 14.04.2016 

35) "25th Shukla Day Coin and Philately Fair" held from 22-24.04.2016 at Mumbai: A Special Cover issued by the Maharashtra Postal Circle, India Post on 22.04.2016 

36) "Indian Coast Guard Air Station Chennai Silver Jubilee": A Special Cover issued by Tamilnadu Postal Circle of India Post on 07.03.2016 

37) Swami Chidananda: A Rs.5/- Commemorative stamp issued by India Post on 21.05.2016, celebrating his Birth Centenary. 

38) "Brave Fighter Narvir Shivaji Kashid: A Special Cover issued by Maharashtra Postal Circle on 05.05.2016 

39) Tata Power: Commemorating the centenary of the establishment of The Company by India Post, by issuing Rs.5/- stamps on 10.06.16 

 40) "Surya Namaskar": The theme of second International Day of Yoga: Commemorative stamps issued by India Post on 21.06.2016

41) Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in Jharkhand: DEOPEX:2016: A Special Cover issued by the Jharkhand Postal Circle, India Post on 18.03.2016 

42) "Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar": DEOPEX-2016: A Special Cover issued on him by Jharkhand Postal Circle, India Post on 18.03.2016 

43) "Philatelic Seminar, Jaipur": A Special Cover issued by the Rajasthan Postal Circle, India Post on 28.02.2016 

44) "Shantheyanda Okkada Hockey Namme - 2016": A Spcial Cover issued by Karnataka Postal Circle, India Post on 03.05.2016 

45) The Indian Institute of Architects: Commemorating the Centenary year of the Institute by issuing a Special Cover by Maharashtra Postal Circle, India Post on 12.05.2016  

46) Indian Naval Air Squadron 300 (INAS 300): A Special Cover issued on the Induction of MiG-29Ks and de-induction of Sea Harriers in the Squadron, by the Maharashtra Postal Circle of India Post on 11.05.2016 

47) State Trading Corporation : Celebrating 60 Glorious Years: A Special Cover issued by the Delhi Postal Circle, India Post on 18.05.2016 

48) Christ Church Fort Teppakullam, Tirichirappalli: 250th Anniversary Celebrations: A Special Cover issued by Tamilnadu Postal Circle, India Post on 17.05.2016 

49) "BSE" (formerly Bombay Stock Exchange): Commemorating the 140th Year of its establishment: A Rs.5/- commemorative stamp brought out by India Post on 09.07.2016 

50) "VIKAS PARV - CHHAU DANCE": A Special Cover issued by Jharkhand Postal Circle on 17.06.16 

51) 65th Plenary of the North Eastern Council held on 26-27 May 2016 at Shillong: A Special Cover brought out by the NE Postal Circle of India Post, on 03.06.2016 

52) Platinum Jubilee of the First Philatelic Bureau set up in Mumbai: A Special Cover issued by Karnataka Postal Circle, India Post on 21.06.2016 

53) Chennai Book Fair: A Special Cover issued by the Tamilnadu Postal Circle of India Post on 01.06.2016

54) Chennai Book Fair (Part II) A.K. Chettiar : One of 6 eminent Tamil writers on whom Tamilnadu Postal Circle has issued Special Covers on 10.06.2016 

55) Chennai Book Fair (Part III): T.Janakiraman: One of 6 eminent Tamil writers on whom Tamilnadu Postal circle has issued Special Covers on 10.06.2016 

56) Chennai Book Fair (Part IV): P.V. Akilandam: One of 6 eminent Tamil writers on whom Tamilnadu Postal Circle has issued Special Covers on 10.06.2016 

57) Chennai Book Fair (Part V): D. Jayakanthan: One of 6 eminent Tamil writers on whom Tamilnadu Postal Circle has issued Special Covers on 10.06.2016 

58) Chennai Book Fair : (Part VI): Pudhumaipithan: One of Six Eminent Tamil writers on whom Tamilnadu Postal Circle has issued Special Covers on 10.06.2016 

59) Chennai Book Fair: (Part VII): Va Ramasamy: One of six eminent Tamil writers on whom Tamilnadu Postal Circle has issued Special Covers on 10.06.2016 

60) Tadoba Andhari National Park: Commemorative stamps brought out by India Post on "International Tiger Day" at Nagpur on 29.07.2016 

61) Tara Mata Temple Shimla: Famous Temples of Himachaal Pradesh Series: A Special Cover issued by HP Postal Circle of India Post on 29.04.2016 

62) Bagla Mukhi Temple, Bankhandi, Kangra: Famous Temples of Himachal Pradesh Series: A Special Cover released by the H.P. Postal Circle of India Post on 29.04.2016  

63) Chintpurni Temple , Chintpurni Una, HP: Famous temples of Himachal {radesh Sries: A Special Cover released by H.P.Postal Circle of India Post on 29.04.2016 

64) Ter-Centenary of the martyrdom of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur: A Special Cover brought out by Delhi P0stal Circle of Indiapost on 20.06.2016 

65) "Rio 2016" Summer Olympics: Commemorative Stamps and booklets issued by the Department of Posts, India on 05.08.2016

66) "Orchids": A set of 6 Commemorative postage stamps brought out by India Post on 08.08.2016  

67) Indian Metal Crafts: A set of six Stamps issued by India Post on 26.08.2016 

68) Independence Day - Tourism in India: A Rs. 25/- Commemorative Stamp issued by India Post on 15.08.2016 

69) "Kargil Diwas" - A Special Cover brought out by Karnataka Postal Circle of India Post on 26.07.2016 

70) Jagadguru Shri Shivrathri Rajendra Swamy : A Commemorative Rs.5/- Stamp brought out on his Birth Centenary on 27.08.2016 

71) Lady Hardinge Medical College: Commemorating the Centenary of establishment of LHMC by issue of Rs.5/- stamps by India Post on 23.09.2016 

72) Swachh Bharat Mission: Second set of Commemorative Stamps issued by India Post on 02.10.2016

73) Induction of C-130: A commemorative stamp of 500 Paise issued by India Post on 06.10.2016 

74) Central Water and Power Research Station, (CWPRS) Pune: A commemorative Rs.5/- stamp issued by India Post commemorating the Centenary Celabrations of establishment of the CWPRS

75) Kanger Valley National Park, Jagdalpur: A Special Cover brought out by Chhattisgarh Postal Circle, India Post on 26.06.2016 

76) Jagadish Chandra Bose (Great Scientist): A Special Cover brought out by the Jharkhand Postal Circle, India Post on 15.02. 2016 

77) "Near Threatened Birds": (Series I): Stamps issued by India Post to create awareness about four Near Threatened (NT) Bird species on 17.10.2016 

78) "Varanasi City": A set of Commemorative Stamps brought out by India Post on 24.10.2016

79) National Unity Day (or Rashtriya Ekta Diwas): Salute to the Unifier of India: A Commemorative postage stamp brought out on Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel by India Post on 31.10.2016 

80) 50 Years of Haryana: A Commemorative Postage stamp issued by India Post on 01.11.2016 

81) Mahseer: A Special Cover issued by the Indore Region of the Department of Posts, in coordination with the Forest Department Madhya Pradesh on 09.09.2016 

82) Third Battalion:The Garhwal Rifles: A Commemorative postage stamp issued to celebrate the Centenary of the Battalion's Raising day in 1916. Stamp issued by India Post on 19.11.2016 

83) "Picnic": The theme of Children's day 2016: Two commemorative stamps brought out by Indiapost in the denominations of 1500 Paise or Rs.15/- each on 14.11.2016 

84) Nobel Prize Winners of India: A Special Cover brought out by Rajasthan Postal Circle of India Post in co-ordination with the Philatelic Society of India and St. Xavier's School, Jaipur on 21.10.2016 

85) Chilika Lake: A Special Cover issued by the Odisha Postal Circle of India Post at the National Philatelic Exhibition on Nature and Environment - 30.09.2016 to 02.12.2016 on 30.09.2016 

86) Exotic Birds: A set of six Commemorative stamps brought out by India Post on 05.12.16 

87) Akshardham Temple and Pramukh Swami Maharaj: A set of two stamps issued by India Post on 07.12.2016 

88) AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences): A Rs. 5/- commemorative stamp issued on the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee (60 years) of establishment of AIIMs on 03.12.16

89) Season's Greetings: A set of two Commemorative Stamps issued by India Post on 23.12.2016 

90) Samrat Vikramadittya: A Commemorative Rs.5/- Stamp brought out by India Post on 22.12.2016 

91) 150 Years of setting up of the first building of Hardayal Heritage Public Library in 1866: Commemorative stamp issued by India Post on 26.12.16 

92) Personality Series: Bihar: A set of 8 Commemorative stamps issued by India Post on 26.12.2016 

93) Deendayal Upadhyaya: Birth centenary commemoration (1916-2016) A Commemorative stamp of Rs.10/- issued on him by India Post on 29.12.16 

94) Legendary Singers of India: A set of 10 stamps issued by India Post on 30.12.2016 

95) State Bank of Mysore (SBM): A Special Cover issued by Karnataka Postal Circle of India Post on 16.12.2016 

Links to other Commemorative Stamps posts on Indian Stamps issued during 2014 and 2015:

1) 2014 FIFA World Cup held in Brazil - A set of four stamps issued by India Post.

2) Commemorative Stamps on "Swachh Bharat" Mission

3) Commemorative Stamps on "Project Rukmini"

4) Commemorative Stamps on "Indian Ocean & Rajenda Chola I"

5) International Day of Yoga - "Commemorative Stamps & Coins" 

6) India-France - 50 Years of Space Co-operation - Commemorative Stamps

7) Commemorative Stamps on 50 years (Golden Jubilee) of "Engineers India Limited"

8Bicentenary of the "Old Theological Seminary" (OTS) Kottayam, Kerala

9Commemorative stamps issued on Nabakalabera (Jagannath Temple, Puri)

10) Commemorative stamps issued on an Indian Game called "Sagol Kangjei" originated in Manipur, from which Polo was adapted all over the World  

11) Samrat Ashok - Commemorative Stamps issued on the legendary Emperor of Ancient India 

12) Women Empowerment - Commemorative Stamps

13) Baba Amte - Commemorative Stamps 

14) Did You Know Series (4): A sample of the beautiful stamps brought out by Department of Posts, India 

15) 10th World Hindi Conference held at Bhopal - Commemorative Stamps issued by Department of Posts India

16) 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Indo-Pak War: Commemorative stamps issued by Department of Posts, India. 

17) Commemorating the 125th Anniversary of the Birth of Dr. B.R. Ambedker by Department of Posts, India with a stamp titled "Dr B.R. Ambedkar and the Indian Constitution" 

18) The "Charkha" or the Spinning Wheel: Commemorative stamps issued by the Department of Posts, India 

19) Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam - Commemorative Stamp issued by the Department of Posts, India 

20) 50th Anniversary of the Border Security Force (BSF): Commemorative Stamp issued by the Department of Posts, India 

21) 3rd India- Africa Forum Summit at New Delhi - Commemorative Stamps issued by Department of Posts, India 

22) Commemorating the Golden Jubilee of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL): Commemorative Stamps issued by India Post.

23) Commemorating the Bicentenary of the Raising Day of the First and Third Gorkha Rifles: Commemorative stamps issued by India Post.  

24) India-Singapore Joint issue: 50 Years of Bilateral Relationship: Two Commemorative Stamps issued by India-Post. 

25) Celebrating 60 years (Golden Jubilee) of EEPC India: Commemorative stamps issued by India Post. 

26) Centenary of the setting up of the Zoological Survey of India: Commemorative stamps issued by India Post 

27) Celebrating Children's Day on November 14th - Commemorative Stamps issued by India Post. 

28) Musicians of India - Commemorating Classical Musicians of India by issue of Stamps by India Post. 

29) Sumitranandan Pant (poet and writer) : Commemorative postage stamps issued on him by India Post 

30) Golden Jubilee of the Establishment of the IDSA, New Delhi: Commemorative stamps issued by India Post 

31) 100 Years of Return of Mahatma Gandhi to India in 1915: Commemorative postage stamps issued by India Post 

32) Commemorating Alugumuthu Kone, one of the first Freedom Fighters against the British: Commemorative Stamps issued by India Post

33) Centennial of the Patna High Court of Judicature: Commoemrative Stamps issued by India Post  

34) Gaiety Theatre Complex, Shimla: A Commemorative 500 Paise Stamp issued by India Post on 20.06.2014 

35) Commemorating 150 Years of the Kuka Movement: A commemorative Stamp brought out by India Post on 24.12.2014

List of Commemorative Stamps Posts on stamps issued in 2013: 

1) Commemorative Postage stamps on the "Wild Flowers of India" issued by India Post.

2) 100 Years of Indian Cinema: 50 commemorative stamps issued by India Post. 

3) INS Vikramaditya: Celebrating the induction of the Aircraft Carrier into the Indian Navy: A Commemorative stamp issued by India Post on 04.12.2013

4) 50 Years of Nagaland: A commemorative stamp of 500 Paise or Rs.5/- brought out by India Post on 01.12.2013 

List of Commemorative Stamps Posts on Stamps issued in 2012:

1) Shekhawati and Warli Paintings (Part I) - Warli Paintings - Commemorative postage stamps brought out by India Post in 2012

2) Shekhawati and Warli Paintings (Part II) - Shekhaati Paintings - Commemorative postage stamps brought out by India Post in 2012 

3) History of the Ancient & Modern Olympics and Paralympics & commemorative coins issued during the London Olympics and Paralympics: Also, includes a set of four stamps issued by India Post on 25.07.2012

4) National Mathematics Day: A Commemorative stamp of 500 Paise or Rs.5/- issued by India Post on 22.12.2012 

5) The Scinde Horse: A Commemorative Stamp of 500 Paise or Rs.5/- issued by India Post on 16.11.2012 

List of Commemorative Stamps Posts  on Stamps issued in 2011:

1) Commemorative Postage Stamp of Rs.100/- issued on Mahatma Gandhi on Khadi Cloth for the first time ever by India Post.

2) Commemorating 100 Years of the Establishment of the ICMR: A Commemorative stamp of 500 Paise or Rs.5/- brought out by India Post on 08.11.2011 

List of Commemorative Stamps Posts  on Stamps issued in 2010:

1) Princely States of Indore, Sirmoor, Bamra and Cochin : Commemorative Stamps issued by India Post

2) Crafts Museum, New Delhi: A set of two Commemorative stamps brought out by India Post on 21.12.2010 

3) Lalit Kala Akademi: A Rs.5/- stamp brought out by India Post on 31.12.2010 

4) C.Subramanium and the Indian Green Revolution: A Commemorative Stamp of 500 Paise or Rs.5/- brought out by India Post on 28.11.2010

5) Central Bank of India: A Commemorative stamp of 500 Paise or Rs.5/- celebrating the Centenary of the establishment of the Bank brought out by India Post on 23.12.2010 

List of Commemorative stamps Posts on Stamps issued in 2009:

1) The Silent Valley: Commemorating the Silver Jubilee (25 Years) of setting up the Silent Valley National Park by issue of a stamp on 15.11.2009 

2) Pterospernum acerifolium (or Muchkunda): A commemorative stamp of 500 Paise or Rs.5/- brought out by India Post on 06.03.2009 

3) C.Subramanium and the Indian Green Revolution: A Commemorative stamp of 500 Paise or Rs.5/- brought out by India Post on 28.11.2009 

List of Commemorative Stamps Posts issued in 2008: 

1) Centenary of the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru: Commemorative Stamps brought out by Indiapost in 2008

2) Standard Chartered Bank: Commemorating 150 Years of Banking in India: A Rs.5/- Commemorative Postage Stamp issued depicting the SCB Mumbai Heritage Building 

3) "Aldabra Giant Tortoise": A commemorative postage stamp brought out by India Post in 2008 

List of Commemorative Stamps issued posts in 2007:

1) 2550 years of Mahaparinirvana of the Buddha: Commemorative stamps issued by India Post  

2) International Day of Disabled Persons (Since renamed as International Day of Persons with Disabilities): A Commemorative Stamp of 500 Paise or Rs.5/- issued by India Post on 03.12.2007 

List of Commemorative Stamps issued posts  in 2005:

 1) Celebrating 200 years of exciting heritage of State Bank of India

List of Commemorative Stamps issued posts in 2004:

 1) XVIII Summer Olympic Games, Athens Greece (2004): A Presentation set of four stamps issued by India Post on 13.08.2004

List of Commemorative Stamps issued posts in 1996:

1) Spirit of the Olympic Games, Athens-Atlanta: Celebrating the Centenary of the Modern Olympic Games: A set of two stamps issued

List of Commemorative Stamps issued  posts in 1964:
 
1) Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose & the INA: Commemorative stamps issued by India Post on 23.01.1964

Commemorative stamps issued in 1931, 1947 and 1950:

1) Three Series of original Indian stamps which depict : Inauguration of New Delhi (1931), First Independent India postage stamps (1947) and Republic of India Inauguration (1950)

 Postage Stamps from Thailand depicting Buddhist Jataka Tales:

1) Thailand postage stamps commemorating Buddhist Jataka Tales & celebrating Magha Puja Day (Part I)

2) Thailand Post stamps commemorating Buddhist Jataka Tales & celebrating Asalha Puja Day (Part II)  

3) Thailand Post stamps commemorating Buddhist Jataka Tales & celebrating Visakha Puja Day (Part III)

4) Postage stamps from Thailand commemorating Buddhist Jataka Tales

Other Postage stamps from Thailand:

5) "Nang Yai" (or Shadow Play Puppets"): International Letter Writing Week - 2008: Commemorative Postage Stamps issued by Thailand Post on 04.10.2008

Forever Stamps from United States Postal Service (USPS):

1) Forever Stamps: A Series of Stamps commemorating the "US Civil War 1861-1865"

2) Forever Stamps: The Hindu Festival of Lights - Diwali (2016) 

Postage Stamps from the Bailiwick of Jersey

1) "Man of Steel": A Superman movie. Jersey post stamps commemorating a local lad Henry William Dalgliesh who played Superman in the Movie 

 2) Kaleidoscopes: 200th Anniversary: Postage stamps issued by Jersey Post on 10.07.2017

Postage Stamps from Gibraltar:

1) 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta - the Universal guidepost/landmark in Liberty and Freedom: A miniature stamp sheet issued by the Gibraltar Philatelic Bureau


Postage Stamps from Guernsey/Alderney Island:


1) "Coastal Eclipses": Stamps from Alderney Islands: Six Special Heat Sensitive Stamps issued by Guernsey Post on 19.07.2017



Postage Stamps from Romania: