Coins of Shivaji Maharaj – Special Covers of India 2002
A Special Cover was issued during a Coin exhibition in Pune on 04 May 2005 and it featured Coins of Shivaji.
Shivrai – Shivaji’s Copper Coin -It was possibly minted for Shivaji’s coronation.In use upto Peshwa reign. 7 varieties exist.It weighs 10-11 grams. Obverse “Shree Raja Shiv “in Devanagri Script. Reverse “Chhatrapati ” in Devanagri Script.
“Hon” – Gold dump coin. Weight 3.3 grams. Use startedafter coronation of Shivaji. Only three coins known to exist.One of the rare coins of the World. Obverse “Shree Raja Shiv “in Devanagri Script. Reverse “Chhatrapati ” in Devanagri Script.
Centenary of End of World War I – Philatelic rundown of a deadly period.
A Killing in Sarajevo on 28 Jun 1914 led to a deadly War in Europe from 28 Jul 1914 to 11 Nov 1918. It led to mobilisation of 70 million military personnel and death of nine million combatants and seven million civilians.
The Allied Powers – France,Russia,Britain and USA vs Central Powers -Germany,Austria-Hungary and Ottoman Empire were pitched against each other in various battle grounds across Europe and elsewhere.
On 02 Aug 1914 , the 29th German Infantry Regiment stormed Luxembourg City.This was one of the Beginnings of World War I. Artist Pierre Blanc captured this storming in a pen drawing (now part of National Museum of History and Art in Luxembourg) which features on a stamp issued by Luxembourg on 23 Sep 2014 to remind us of the start of World War I.
Zeebrugge Raid – The Zeebrugge raid on 23 April 1918 was an attempt by Royal Navy to block the Belgian Port of Bruges-Zeebrugge. The British intended to sink obsolete ships in canal entrance to prevent German vessels including Submarines from leaving the port and interfere in Allied control of English Channel and North Sea. British Ships HMS Thetis, Intrepid and Iphigenia were used as block ships alongwith Submarines C1 and C3 and 4th Battalion of Royal marines. Submarine C3 commended by Lt R D Sanford was able to blow viaduct with an explosion and he was awarded Victoria Cross for this action. Allied promoted Zebrugge Raid as a Victory and eight Victoria Cross were awarded including a Victoria Cross for the entire 4th Battalion of Royal Marines.
British Forces Postal service a special cover on 23 Apr 1973 to mark 55th Anniversary of Zeebrugge Raid.
Victoria Cross awarded to Royal Naval Aviators for actions in World War I
Flight Lieutenant Reginald ‘Rex’ Warneford VC of Royal Navy was awarded Victoria Cross for his actions over Ghent ,Belgium on 07 jun 1918 by attacking and destroying German Zeppelin LZ37.
Squadron Commander Richard Bell Davies was awarded Victoria Cross for his heroic actions of saving his colleague Smylie at Ferrijik,Bulgaria in his single seater Nieuport on 19 Nov 1915.
Ascension Islands issued a set of stamps on these Victoria Cross awardees on 07 May 2009.
Indians in World War I
Indian Army Personnel were awarded 18 Victoria Crosses in World War I in various sectors.
France -Belgium sector (10 Victoria Cross)- including Three Victoria Crosses to 39 Garhwal Rifles
Mesopotamia Sector (06 Victoria Cross)
Palestine Sector (02 Victoria Cross).
Battle of Jerusalem 1917
General Allenby also mentions in his report that he and his staff with mission heads and military attaches of France,Italy and USA entered the city on foot and received at Jaffa gate by Guards representing England,Scotland,Ireland,Wales, Australia, New Zealand, India,France & Italy.
He received Christian,Jewish & Muslim Community Leaders to ensure sanctity and protection to all holy sites and even sent his Indian Muslim Soldiers to guard Islamic religious sites.
Israel issued a stamp on Centenary of this historic Battle 13 Jun 2017 . A First Day Cover is listed. The stamp shows the sergeants,Mayor of Jerusalm and General Allenby entering Jerusalem on Foot. The Cover also features the Allenby Memorial at Jerusalem.
The Indian Army commemorates September 23 every year as Haifa Day to pay its respects to the two brave Indian Cavalry Regiments Mysore Lancers and Jodhpur Lancers that helped liberate the city following a dashing cavalry action by the 15th Imperial Service Cavalry Brigade. In the autumn of 1918, the Indian Brigade was a part of the Allied Forces sweeping northwards through Palestine in what is seen as the last great cavalry campaign in history.
Israel issued a stamp on 06 Feb 2018 to commemorate the Centenary of Battle of Haifa with Indian Cavalry at Haifa.The Tab shows the Jodhpur Lancers insignia.
The First Day Cover Design Features the Memorial for fallen Indian Soldiers at Haifa.
Provincial Flags of Papua New Guinea on Stamps -2004
Papua New Guinea issued a set of beautiful and colorful stamps on Provincial Flags of Papua New Guinea. This was the second issue from series of three and all were definitive stamps.
The details of stamps and Provinces featured are
70 t – Madang Province – Red ,Black and Yellow stripes represent National Flag. Six white stars represent six districts .In black and white Madang’s memorial to coast watchers of WW II surrounded by coconut palm branches (agriculture) and a slit drum for tradition are featured.
70t – Eastern New Britain Province – A Green stripe separates Red and Blue Traingles Four white stars over blue represent the National Flag. Traditional shell money surrounds a circle. traditional masks of Tolai(dukduk) and Baining dancers are in centre
2.65k – Eastern Highlands Province -Red and Green triangles form the background . Inside a large yellow star in centre , a one legged man named Nokondi holds a coffee branch ( main cash crop).The star has six points (six districts).It is surrounded by eight smaller stars (for local government councils).
2.70k –Morobe Province – The background stripes are green (for vegetation),yellow (for Markham Valley) ,Blue (for sea).A white Bird of Paradise(for animal life),white pigss tusks(for tradition), a brown and yellow kundu drum (for festivals)and spears (for traditional warfare) are at the centre.
4.60k- Milne Bay Province – Milne Bay is SE tip of Papua New Guinea. Vertical stripe of green on left (for plants ) and white (for beaches ).A square is divided into triangles of blue (for sea)and red (for festivals).A Yellow star on red represents Eastern star (a seafarers guide) and Christian missionaries
10k –East Sepik Province – In upper right quarter a yellow Bird of paradise ( National Flag) is set on red background. In the lower left quarter a haus tambaran ( for hills and plains people ), crocodile (for river people),shark (for coastal people).kundu and garamut drums, spear and lime pot (representing culture ) are set over a green background.
200th Anniversary of Russian Army marching over Alps – Field Marshal A Suvorov
Field Marshal Alexander V Suvorov (1730-1800) was the leader of Austro-Russian Army during the French Revolutionary Wars (1792-1802).During this war he was surrounded in the Alps but his superb tactical withdrawl in the face of French Forces four times his forces strength with minimum casualties earned him the title of Fourth Generalissimo of Russia.
A Joint Issue stamp with Switzerland issued by Russia on 24 Sep 1999 shows Suvorov with his officers and troops marching over Alps. The Stamp was issued to commemorate 200th Anniversary of Russian Army marching over Alps .
National Police Memorial Delhi – Museum – Stamps & Philately-Police Forces
21 Oct every year is observed as Police Commemoration day in honour of 10 Policemen martyred in Hot Springs area of Ladakh by Chinese troops.Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi dedicated the National Police Memorial to the Nation on 21 Oct 2018 at Kautilya Marg Chanakyapuri New Delhi.It is spread over an area of 6.12 acres and consists of 30 foot (9.1meter) tall and 238 tonne black granite central sculpture ,Museum and Wall of Valour. It also commemorates the 34,844 Policemen from all Central and state Police Forces of India who have laid down their lives. This is a latest , beautiful and a fantastic addition to Delhi’s rich architectural heritage.The entry to the Memorial is free. It is spread over a large area with beautiful ambience. The newly built underground museum is an excellent place to visit with artifacts ,history, badges, books ,uniforms over the ages . The wall of valour has names of all martyrs inscribed on it .
The Underground Museum has a Philatelic section where stamps ,First Day Covers and Special Covers on Police Forces are displayed.