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Scinde Dawk


Issue Date

July 1, 1852

Issuer

Scindh, India (current day Pakistan)

Known For

India's first prepaid postage stamp

Approximate Value

£1,000.00

History

Similar to pre-Penny Black times, mail in Asia was delivered by runners and charged by weight and distance traveled. This system is known as the Dawk (or Dak). In 1850, Sir Bartle Frere of the East India Company created a postal system that has a uniform rate for all distances.

This postal system created a need for a method to prepay postage. As a result, the Scinde Dawk was created. It bears the Merchant's Mark of the British East India Company, a designed embossed on sealing wax.

Many fakes of the Scinde Dawk exist but most are easily detectable (they are not embossed).


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