Crown Issue of Portuguese India

19 Sep 2018  Wed

Portugal included India in its standard "crown" issue and issued a set of total nine stamps with values ranging from 5r to 300r.

The postal history of Portuguese India goes back to the earlier days of the colony. The postal history begins with communication between the Viceroy and the Court at Lisbon soon after the conquest of Old Goa by Afonso de Albuquerque in 1510. Portuguese Indian postmarks are known from 1854, when a post office opened in Goa.

The first Post Stamps were handstamped from a single die, and were intended for local use in the colony. They were issued between 1871 and 1877. These stamps were very crudely executed and were, soon, replace by new and improved stamps known as the Portuguese Crown Issue.

The stamps feature Portuguese Crown in the centre surrounded by a round border which is inscribed with India Portugueza. The top portion of the stamp has “Coreio” and the denomination is seen at the bottom.

The The "Portuguese Crown" design was used for a quite a long time.

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