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The denominations of the various stamps are stated as either “Poisha” or “Taka”. One hundred poisha equals one taka. The only exception to this was the first Stamp Papers. The value was listed as "Paisa". For those who do not speak or read Bangla this can create confusion when collecting the stamps, especially if the stamps are similar in design. In some of the early sets the problem was solved by issuing the stamps in two different colors, one for poisha and the other for taka values.

The majority of stamps of any particular type (Insurance, Share Transfer, etc.) however, had different colors for each value and it is easy to confuse them as there may be a 10p. stamp and a Tk.10 stamp. Fortunately, for many stamps there is a easy way of determining if they are poisha or taka values, and that is by the taka symbol that often is in front of the numeral. Others have the first letter of poisha after the numeral, or the entire word.


It is interesting to note that at the bottom of several types of stamps, there is a nearly blank panel. The stamps in question are generally related to motor vehicles. This panel has quite small text in the upper portion of the panel, or at the left central area. The purpose of the panel is to write the number of the post office where one buys the revenue stamps. Most users did not fill in the box, but one will find stamps with writing in the boxes. This certainly indicates genuine use of the stamps.

The name of the country is generally at the top of the stamps, but the three stamps on the left, above, have the name near the bottom. Additionally, the type of stamp is written on the stamps, i.e. Insurance, Share Transfer, etc. Because of that, it is easy to determine what type of stamp it is and then one can go to that page to see the denominations, or other information.


The major catalogs must cater to the collectors of all the world's stamps. Fortunately, we are only concerned with those of Bangladesh. Because of the thousands of different colors and shades used for printing stamps all over the world, it is important to distinguish the color(s) of each stamp accurately. Since we are dealing with a smaller number of stamps the color descriptions may differ from those of the major catalogs. The average collector is famiiar with the basic colors, but not the hundreds of variations of them. The descriptions used in this catalog are basic, and hopefully easy to use in identifying the stamps.

Identifying the Stamps

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