A postage stamp is a small piece of paper that is purchased and displayed on an item of mail as evidence of payment of postage. Typically, stamps are made from special paper, with a national designation and denomination (price) on the face, and a gum adhesive on the reverse side.
Postage stamps are purchased from a postal administration or other authorized vendor and are used to pay for the costs involved in moving mail as well as other business necessities such as insurance and registration.
So it's not a stamp or postage stamp.!!! as it was not available to general public.
It's like government print for themselves and keep it with some government official or sell it after wards in black market.!!
So now I don't know whether this Mint 10 Rupees Gandhi SERVICE stamp should be valid as collection item?
And if yes then it will be under which thematic because it was not for general public, so how can normal collector can have MINT stamp?
In May 2012 David Feldman auction house sold this stamp for €144,000 (US$ 205,000) when buyer's premium is included.!!
Also Mint stamp was for sell on eBay for $225,000 with RPS certificate.!! So you will be thinking it's should be genuine.!!
A set of stamps over-printed as "Service" was issued to the Government of India for official purposes. Only 100 Mahatama Gandhi 10 Rs. stamps were overprinted with "Service" and issued for the use of C. Rajagopalachari, the Governor General of India, making it the world's least printed stamp.
Of the hundred stamps that were overprinted with "Service", a few were gifted to dignitaries, while most remain at the National Archives, Postal Museums, etc.
Do you think some of the stamps might be from national archives or postal museums?
Do you think this should be RARE stamp. ? As it was printed in very less quantity so of course it will be rare stamps.!!
Forgery of this stamp is available widely for $1-$5.!! I had never seen genuine stamp, but above stamp come closely to genuine (even though SERVICE is erased), but it has RPS certificate so it should be genuine.!!
Do you think following is FORGED RPS (Royal Philatelic Society certification) expert certificate ?
Reason for this question comes in my mind because all information is hidden. Never seen an expert certificate with all information hidden in royal philatelic society certification - RPS certificate. (Don't know what to hide!!)
I can understand about signatures and overprint letter on the stamps so no one else can copy it, but Why Certificate # and Date are hidden.!!
But there are plenty of royal philatelic society certification - RPS certificate images are available on eBay as well on google images, so if someone wants to forged they can use that too.!!
My personal view or opinion is that this royal philatelic society certification - RPS expertizing certificate looks forgery because all information is hidden.!!
Again it's my own personal view, and you don't have to believe me as I am not an expert.!! But you can think about my view and compare with my view what are chances or possibilities.
What do you think about this rare stamp ?
Is it a valid stamp for collector if it is MINT stamp as it was not available to general public.!!?
OR it's just one more fantasy in Gandhi philatelic collection.!!
Gandhi Stamps Club.