The 10 Rupees Postage stamp depicting Mahatma Gandhi, issued by India in 1948, is one of India’s most famous stamps. On 15 August 1948, on the occasion of the first anniversary of India’s Independence Day, Gandhi was honored as the first Indian to be depicted on stamps of India.
The original plan was to issue a set of stamps depicting Mahatma Gandhi (“Bapu”, or “father” in Hindi), in January 1948. The India Security Press in Nashik was entrusted with the task of producing a set of 4 stamps. But before the stamps were issued, Gandhi was assassinated. The Indian Government decided to print these stamps as a memorial, using photogravure press, and hence had to employ the services of the Swiss printers, Helio Courvoisier, Sa. LaChaux De Fonds, instead of the India Security Press. The word “Bapu” was printed on the stamp in Hindi and Urdu languages as a symbol of communal harmony. Four stamps with denominations 1.5 annas, 3.5 annas, 12 annas and 10 rupees were issued. One of the stamps of the set was issued with a very high price of 10 Rs., out of reach of the common populace in India. The stamps were issued on 15 August 1948, on the occasion of the first anniversary of India’s Independence Day.
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