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Many forgeries exist: see the excellent site for more information.

1852 Seal of the Scinde District Dawk

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  1/2 a red embossed
  1/2 a white (embossed)
  1/2 a blue

All the above shown stamps are genuine. The red stamp was issued first and was probably printed individually. The embossed stamp came next followed by the blue stamp. However, the blue stamp was only used for a limited period of time. These stamps were the first stamps to be issued in India. More information on these stamps can be found on: 12 different kinds of postmarks are known, for more information on postmarks see the website:

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
Value Unused Used Remarks
1/2 a red RRR RRR  
1/2 a white RRR RR  
1/2 a blue RRR RR  

Examples of forgeries:

red Embossed

(The above forgeries have the coloured outer part too big and inscription 'ETC' instead of 'EIC')

This forgery has the buckle completely different from a genuine stamp (it doesn't even touch the white line above it). This might be the forgery "a)" described in the Serrane guide

These forgeries have the '4' much thinner than in the genuine stamps. I've also seen the blue stamp without cancel.

I have my doubts about the next stamps:


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