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INDIAN STATES, Orcha, Poonch and Rajpipla

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Many forgeries exist: see the excellent site http://www.princelystates.com/CurrentIssue/ff-04-01a.shtml for more information.


ORCHA

1900 Arms of Orcha

  1/2 a brown
  1 a violet
  2 a yellow
  4 a green
 

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 *** -  
1 a *** -  
2 a *** -  
4 a *** -  

These stamps appear to have been prepared by a Swiss jeweller in 1897, but were not accepted by the government of Orcha and were subsequently dumped on the stamp market. They exist cancelled to order with a 'O' cancel in bars.

 

 

1914 Arms slightly different type

 

Not sure if these are genuine

  1/4 a blue
  1/2 a green (two types)
  1 a red (two types)
  2 a brown
  4 a orange

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
1/4 a c c  
1/2 a c c  
1 a * *  
2 a * *  
4 a ** **  

Crude forgery:


Forgeries, genuine stamps should have background lines.

For more information on forgeries: http://www.princelystates.com/CurrentIssue/ff-04-01d.shtml


POONCH

Pountch

Poonch issued stamps from 1876 onwards. In 1894 Poonch stopped using its own stamps.

1876 Native text

  1 p red
  1 p black (official stamp)
  6 p red

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 p red ** *  
1 p black ** ***  
6 p red RRR RR  


Modern forgeries

 

1879 Native text


1/2 a, 1 a, 2 a and 4 a

  1/2 a red
  1/2 a black (official stamp)
  1 a red
  1 a black (official stamp)
  2 a red
  2 a black (official stamp)
  4 a red
  4 a black (official stamp)

These stamps were printed on a variety of coloured papers.

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 ** ***  
1/2 a black *** ***  
1 a red ** ***  
1 a black *** ***  
2 a red *** ***  
2 a black *** ***  
4 a red *** ***  
4 a black *** ***  


A very dubious item.


Modern forgeries.

 

After 1894 this country no longer issued its own stamps.


RAJPIPLA

Rajpeepla

1880 Arms of Rajpipla

1 p blue 4 a red

  1 p blue
  2 a green
  4 a brown

I've been told that there are 64 varieties of the 1 p (a sheet of 1 p stamps contains 8x8 stamps). The two other values are printed in sheets of 20 (4 rows of 5 stamps).

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 p ** ***  
2 a *** R  
4 a *** R  


Very primitive forgeries, produced in the 1980's(?). See: Indian States, modern forgeries for more information. The 4 a is imperforate and the lines behind the sword have almost entirely disappeared. Next to it some 1 p imperforate forgeries, most likely from the same source. I've also seen an imperforate 1 p stamp in the color lilac.

2 a green
Strange item with printed perforation?


This might be a forgery, according to http://www.rajpiplapost.com/, the cancel 'R' in bars does not exist for Rajpipla. Genuine cancels have native script in the bars. Also the margins of this stamp appear too large. A similar 1 p blue forgery is shown there with too wide margins and a break in the outer frameline in the upper right corner. The pair of 1 p blue forgeries is this forgery type as well. Lastly, two more forgeries, most likely from the same workshop.


Imperforate 1 p stamp with unclear cancel. Most likely a forgery.


Badly printed 1 p stamp in dark blue color, very dubious item.

 

 

Envelope, example:

Postcard

Dangerous forgeries of cut-outs of these envelopes exist (not entire envelopes), complete with cancel and handwritten text on the back.

 

Revenue stamps:


1888 issue; the following three values were issued: 1 a orange, 1 a blue and 1 a green.


1904 issue 1 a lilac on lilac.


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