Bhutan,the extra-ordinary

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  1. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    Bhutan is a country what has issued many stamps one could
    describe as gimmicks.
    But they issued unusual stamps long before many other countries
    followed suit.
    Somehow I always liked them.Proof that I am not alone,
    gives a look in a catalogue.
    Many of the "gimmick-stamps" have become rather costly.
    My collection is far from being a complete one.In 2000 I ended buying
    new issues.
    But maybe I will look for selected modern stamps after that "one fine day".
    For now I will show my little collection one by one and also mention those issues,I do not own.

    I have to start with a set I do not own:
    In 1955 a set of four fiscals was used for postage,at least sort of.
    It is doubtful,that commercially use took place.
    Two of this set were overprinted in indian currency in 1962 (?),but
    it is even more doubtful,that they were ever used on a regular base.

    On October 10th,1962,the first regular stamp-set was issued (Mi.no. 5-11) B 5.jpg
    (part I of 2)
    The currency of Bhutan is called Ngultrum (Nu),
    made up by 100 Chetrum (ch).
    The Ngultrum is eqivalent and pegged to the Indian Rupee.
     
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  2. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    B 6.jpg
    (part II of 2)
    The "Druk Gyalpo",- he had the title "Maharadja"-,is founder of the
    current royal dynasty of Bhutan.
    "Punakha" is former capital.
    "Paro Dzong" is the monastery-fortress,where Druk Gyalpo came from.
    "Tashi Chho Dzong",another monastery-fortress,was his royal residence.
     
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  3. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    Next one missing:
    World Refugee Year,set of two,issued Oct.10th,1962.

    B 14.jpg
    Issued March 21st,1963,commemorating Bhutan´s membership
    of the Colombo-Plan development-organization.
    I am not sure about all object featured on these stamps.But they
    belong to the equipment of an ancient warrior:
    helmet,shield,sword,dagger...
     
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  4. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    B 17.jpg
    Freedom from Hunger,issued July 15th,1963.
     
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    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    B 19.jpg
    Winter Olympics in Innsbruck,issued April 7th,1964.
     
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  6. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    B 22.jpg
    Dancers (regulars),issued April 16th,1964; (part I of 2)
     
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    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    B 23.jpg
    (part II of 2)
     
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