August 31, 2009 Views
World Specialists in Historic Commemorative Stamp Issues in Precious Metals, The Hallmark Group has come out with the first most important stamp ingot collection ever produced for India called the Pride of India Collection.
The Pride of India Collection is an Official Programme of Hallmark India Private Limited issued under the Authority of Dept. of Posts, Govt. of India. It is the first Stamp Ingot collection ever to be produced for India , and its release is strictly limited to 7,500 editions worldwide.
A rare collection of stamps from the archives of Dept.of Posts was selected to collectively showcase India â€™s social, cultural, historical and artistic diaspora and thus feature eminent personalities, monuments, events of historical significance, pieces of art (paintings, motifs, dance etc), scientific strides and all such representations that truly evoke in us a sense of pride of being part of India . The entire programme has been introduced and endorsed by none other than Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, India â€™s former President.
To ensure the highest quality, each precious image has been sculpted by the world's finest artists and minted by Swiss craftsmen. Pure silver ingots (Swiss .999) are placed in a huge 360 ton minting press and struck with massive pressure to bring out every tiny details of the original design. Perforations are precision diamond cut, and each stamp ingot is layered with pure 24-carat gold to create a perfect golden masterpiece
The Pride of India Collection is a strictly limited edition of only 7,500 complete collections worldwide. It is not available in any store or Post Office, but only by subscription. Once the edition limit is reached, the dies will be defaced so they can never be used again..
The stamp ingots are sent at the rate of one per month until the individual collection is complete, beginning within 30 days of receipt of an individualâ€™s application. Though each stamp ingot will vary in size to conform to the original stamp, the price of each is fixed at Rs. 6,000, inclusive of all duties and taxes. This price is guaranteed through the period of issue and includes delivery and all accessories.
A subscription booking can be made through helpline numbers 011-26207151/52/53 or through their website www.prideofindiacollection.com.
The total cost of the Collection (comprising 25 ingots)is Rupees One Lac Fifty Thousand(inclusive of all taxes), with each ingot worth Six Thousand
â€œThe Pride of India Collectionâ€™s defining theme is to showcase the achievements of India and the progress made in diverse fields.â€to a fraternity comprising Philatelists, discerning and tasteful art lovers and a host of individuals who perceive this Collection as a great treasure to possess and a wonderful memento to gift to their near and dear ones.â€ Said Ajay Sachdeva, MD Hallmark India.