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India: 1854, 4 annas, blue and pale red, an unused horizontal pair.

India: 1854, 4 annas, blue and pale red, an unused horizontal pair.

Printer: Surveyor-General's Office, Calcutta

Medium: Lithograph

Date: 1854

Shelfmark: Tapling Collection

Item number: 2

Length: 26

Width: 61

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Philatelic item

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The first general issue of stamps for British India appeared in 1854. These were ½ anna blue, 1 anna red and 4 annas blue and red, printed from lithographic stones at the office of the Surveyor-General, in Calcutta.

As the 4 annas was in two colours it required two printings from separate lithographic stones, one for the head of Queen Victoria in blue, and one for the frame in red.

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