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QUESTION: Hi Prashant
Thanks for your recent information regarding early Bhutan stamp denominations. I have another Bhutan question please.
SG 1742 / Scott 1409 is a 2005 surcharge overprinted stamp from a 1979 set. It shows a picture of a cylindrical container (Kem) and has two bars over 1nu in bottom right corner and 5nu surcharge in bottom left. According to SG and Scott that is the only surcharged stamp from that 1979 set. However I have obtained another surcharged stamp from that set. It shows an ornamental vessel (Sangphor) and has two bars over 1.70nu in bottom right corner and 5nu in top left corner. Since you could answer my previous Bhutan question would you be able to throw any light on this mystery stamp?
Regards  Paul Greaves

ANSWER: Dear Paul,
Honestly I am not specialized in Bhutan Philately. With reference to your earlier query, I could provide you information as I had knowledge about it. If you send me scan of the stamp, I shall try to find information for you.

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unknown Bhutan surcharge
unknown Bhutan surchar  
QUESTION: Hi Prashant
Thanks for offering to try to find out about this stamp. Knowing your speciality is Indian Philately I wasn't sure if you could further help with another Bhutan query so please don't spend too much time researching this stamp. Photo of stamp is attached.
Regards   Paul

Hi Paul,
I am sorry I could not find any information about the stamp. However while surfing on net I found sheet of same stamp listed by a dealer. Please have a look at with following description for inverted overprint.

Bhutan    5nu/1.7nu    $250      c2004    Inverted overprint (Nu5 and bars on 1.7 nu
         Sheet/20          (Scott 300), Sheet 20, antique "sangphor" - no
         bars in right row of stamps, bars in left selvage

This means overprint on this stamp exist.  



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Prashant H. Pandya


I can answer queries related to Modern Postal History of India, Indian Postal Stationery, Baroda and Rajpipla State Postal History and fiscals. Please no questions about valuation of stamps or any philatelic material.


Involved in philatelic activities for more than 30 years. As a collector I have actively participated in State, National and International level Philatelic Exhibitions, writing articles on various aspects of philately. I am also a web master and maintaining philatelic web sites for the promotion of philately.

President: Baroda Philatelic Society
Moderator : Indian Philatelists' Forum (A web based e-group promoting Indian Philately. -
Secretary: Philatelic Congress of India
India Study Circle for Philately, U.K.
Association International des Journalistes Philatéliques (AIJP)
Philatelic Webmasters' Association
Volunteer Editor for (Editing Recreation/Collecting/Stamps Category)

1. Vadophil- Quarterly News Bulletin of Baroda Philatelic Society (Also an editor of the journal)
2. India Post - Journal of India Study Circle for Philately
3. Ind Dak
4. GPA Newsletter
5. A Guide to Modern Indian Postal Stationery, Vol. I (Envelopes)
6. Various Philatelic Souvenirs published during philatelic exhibitions.
7. - Website for the promotion of Indian Philately

B. Sc. (Microbiology)

Awards and Honors
Have won Silver, Large Silver, Vermeil and Large Vermeil medals with special prizes for my collections on Postal Stationery of India, Philavision, Shahastrabdi (Millennium) and The Story of Milk at State, Regional, National and International level.

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