Lot 482 SIndia, 1948, Gandhi "Specimen" Overprint Set Complete in Presentation Booklet, affixed down in black velvet presentation folder on gold foil pages, with the 10rs high value on first page titled "Indian Posts and Telegraphs Department, Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Stamps, 15th August 1948" in red, second page with the 1½a, 3½a and 12a values, each stamp framed in red border; 3½a stamp with some small margin thinning at left which hardly detracts from this extremely rare set, otherwise Very Fine. SG No. 305S/8S.
Scott No. 203S-206S Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.
A RARE COMPLETE SET OF THE 1948 GANDHI "SPECIMEN" OVERPRINT SET IN THE PRESENTATION BOOKLET.
The Government of India issued a set of 4 commemorative stamps on 15th August, 1948 - first anniversary of independence as a tribute to the father of the nation. These were the first commemorative stamps of Independent India and incidentally the only set of stamps printed outside India after independence. The set was printed by Courvoiser S.A., La Chaux-De-Fonds. Very few sets where produced (presumably up to 200) with two different styles of outer booklets known. It is reported that these where produced for the Indian Embassy in Switzerland for presentation to very high dignitaries.