Catalog of Bhutan Postal Stationery

Post Cards
(Postal Cards - cards issued by the P&T or (later) by the Bhutan Post, with no imprinted postage indicia, are souvenir products that are listed separately.)

1966  Simtokha Dzong.

 

 

1.

6ch

green on buff

-,--

-,-- 

 

 

With slogan cancel (Phuntsholing, 5 Nov66)

 

-,--

    With slogan cancel (Rinpung Dzong, 5 Nov66)   -,--




First day of issue not known.  Earliest known
cancellations are slogan cancellations reading
"Second / Five Year Plan / 1966-71" in wavy
lines, dated 5Nov66 on unaddressed cards
from Rinpung Dzong and Phuntsholing (former
location of the philatelic bureau to 1989).

Varieties
Overprinted "Specimen" in red               -.-- 

1967 Crossed Dorjis



 

2.

10ch

purple on buff

-,--

-,-- 

 

a.

purple on salmon

-,--

-,--

First day of issue not known.  Earliest known usage:   - 

Varieties
Overprinted "Specimen" in red               -.--
Many shades of purple exist - generally from inconsistent press inking
See reply card for differences in paper color
Miscut cards exist
 

1967 Crossed Dorjis - Reply Card



 

3.

10ch + 10ch 

purple on buff

attached pair -,--

-,-- 

 

a.

purple on salmon

attached pair -,--

-,--

3A. As above outbound portion only on buff -,-- -,--
  a. As above outbound portion only on salmon -,-- -,--
3B. As above reply portion only on buff -,-- -,--
  a. As above reply portion only on salmon -,-- -,--


First day of issue not known.  Earliest known usage:   - 

Varieties
Overprinted "Specimen" in red on two sides              -.--
Many shades of purple exist - generally from inconsistent press inking
See reply card for differences in paper color
Miscut unsevered cards exist


1967 Dzong Series Commemorative Cards


4.

10ch 

purple on buff

Lamigompa (Bumthang) on reverse -,--

-,-- 

 

 

 

with slogan cancel  

-,--

5. 10ch purple on buff Punakha Dzong on reverse -,-- -,--
      with slogan cancel   -,--
6. 10ch purple on buff Tongsa Dzong on reverse -,-- -,--
      with slogan cancel   -,--
7. 10ch purple on buff Mongar Dzong on reverse -,-- -,--
      with slogan cancel   -,--
8. 10ch purple on buff Tashigang Dzong on reverse (v) -,-- -,--
      with slogan cancel   -,--
9. 10ch purple on buff Kichhulakhang (Paro) on reverse -,-- -,--

 

 

 

with slogan cancel  

-,--

 10.

 10ch

purple on buff

Shemgang Dzong on reverse -,--

-,--

      with slogan cancel   -,--
11. 10ch purple on buff Wangdiphodrang Dzong With Bridge on reverse (v) -,-- -,--
      with slogan cancel   -,--
12. 10ch purple on buff Lhuntshi Dzong on reverse -,-- -,--
      with slogan cancel   -,--
13. 10ch purple on buff Dechhencholing on reverse -,-- -,--
      with slogan cancel   -,--
A.   Booklet of 10, unsevered (stapled) -,--  

 

 

 

with slogan cancel on each card, unsevered (stapled)  

-,-- 


First day of issue not known.  Earliest known cancellations are circular slogan
cancellations dated 10 Oct. 67 reading "Postal Exhibition / Tashichho Dzong",
on unaddressed cards in the stapled booklet.  Prices for slogan cancelled cards
and the slogan cancelled booklet are for unaddressed cards with this marking.

All cards in the booklet are roulette-perforated vertically at the left.  Prices for
mint cards separated from the book are for cards with staple-holed selvedge
attached at the left.  Prices for used single cards are for mailed cards that were
separated from the booklet by tearing the perforations.

Booklet prices are for stapled booklet complete with cover and thin backing
paper under the bottom card.  Staples tend to rust.  Rust marks do not detract from
value. Paper is consistently buff.

Varieties
Many shades of purple exist - generally from inconsistent press inking.


 

1977 Provisional Surcharge
Prior to issue, many different 5ch adhesive stamps were used to uprate cards.


14.

10ch + 5ch 

purple on buff

-,--

-,-- 

 

 a.

purple on salmon

-,--

-,--


First day of issue not known.  Earliest known usage:  See reply card, below   


Varieties
Many shades of purple exist - generally from inconsistent press inking.
See Nr. 3, above, for illustration of paper types.

 

1977 Provisional Surcharge Reply Card
Prior to issuance, many different 5ch adhesive stamps were used to uprate reply cards


Reverse.  Obverse is the surcharged front side of card pictured at Nr. 3

15.

10ch + 5ch
+ 10cg + 5ch 

purple on buff

attached pair -,--

-,-- 

 

a.

purple on salmon

attached pair -,--

-,--

15A. As above outbound portion only on buff -,-- -,--
      outbound portion only on salmon -,-- -,--
15B. As above reply portion only on buff -,-- -,--
  a.   reply portion only on salmon -,-- -,--

First day of issue not known.  Earliest known usage: 23 Oct 1977   



Varieties
Many shades of purple exist - generally from inconsistent press inking.
See Nr. 3, above, for illustration of paper types.


Second Provisional Surcharge
The last known use of cards uprated to 15ch is 23 July 1980.
The domestic postcard rate in Bhutan was 30ch at least from 16 May 1983. 
Cards uprated to 30ch by the addition of 20ch adhesive stamps are known cancelled on that date.
This combination places the currency of this card between July 1980 and May 1983.


 

16.

5ch on 10ch + 5ch
adhesive (20ch) 

purple on salmon

-,--

-,-- 

Only one mint example known.  Two additional copies are rumoured to exist.
No used examples are known.  In what year the postcard rate was increased
from 15ch to 20ch has not been recorded.

The price is for cards where the adhesive stamp is tied to the card by the
surcharge marking.

 

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