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Sunday, December 9, 2012

World’s first postage stamp, rare coins to be on display

Pune: The world's first postage stamp, the Penny Black, India's first pigeongram and many other rare coins and stamps will be on display next week at an exhibition organised by the International Collectors' Society.
Coinpex, the three-day exhibition starting on December 11, will be held at Sonal Hall and the exhibits of eminent philatelists who have won gold medals at various competitions will be displayed.

Addressing a news conference on Friday, Narendra Tole, president, International Collectors' Society of Rare Items, said, "It will be a great opportunity for Puneites to participate and buy unique and valuable stamps and coins. About 35 dealers will put up selling booths which will enable philatelists and numismatists to add to their collections."

K C Mishra, post master general, will inaugurate the exhibition , while Vispi Dastur, eminent philatelist and international juror, will be conferred with the lifetime achievement award. Another eminent philatelist, Kishor Chandak of Solapur, will be felicitated for his achievements in philately. A souvenir will be released to mark the exhibition.

Asia's first adhesive postal stamp and Silver Hon coin issued during the time of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in South India, will also be among the exhibits on display.

The International Collectors' Society of Rare Items has been actively promoting collections and hobbies in the younger generation for the past 17 years. The society has more than 175 life members with different types of collections.

Source:-The Times of India

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