World Stamps

Henry Gitner and Rick Miller

India's 1899 Sirmoor set is one to seek

June 06, 2018 11:30 AM

  • The 1899 India - Sirmoor Sir Surendar Bikram Prakash set of four stamps (Scott 19-22) is currently selling in the $50-to-$60 price range and it is a good buy at those prices.

Tip of the Week — By Henry Gitner and Rick Miller

Indian feudatory states stamps are hot with active markets in the United States, the United Kingdom, India and the Indian diaspora.

Sirmoor was a small state in northern India with a feudatory relationship with the British Empire. A former kingdom in the Mughal Empire, it was invaded and annexed by Nepal in 1803. In 1815, the British expelled the Nepalese and re-established the rule of the raja of Sirmoor. 

Sirmoor joined the Dominion of India on April 15, 1948.

Sirmoor issued its first postage stamps in 1879 and continued to issue postage and Official mail stamps through 1899.

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The last postage stamp issue was a set of four Sir Surendar Bikram Prakash stamps (Scott 19-22). The 2019 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue values the set at $43.50 in unused hinged condition. The set is currently selling in the $50-to-$60 price range, and it is a good buy in that range.