A ‘stamp’ of passion

A ‘stamp’ of passion
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KVRS Subash is an Intermediate student who is a passionate philatelist and numismatic. He got an opportunity to showcase his collection of stamps and coins at his college’s annual cultural and literary fest. Undoubtedly,

Subash’s collection of old coins, dollars and currency notes on display at the Andhra Loyola College. Photo: ChVenkata MastanKVRS Subash is an Intermediate student who is a passionate philatelist and numismatic. He got an opportunity to showcase his collection of stamps and coins at his college’s annual cultural and literary fest. Undoubtedly, his stall was flooded by visitors, both young and old.

Pursuing his Inter 2nd year MEC, Subash has a vast collection of coins (tokens as they are referred to) from the late 16th century and silver coins released by the Indian government in 1969. He also has tokens that were used in the 18th century. His collection also includes ‘Anaas’ that bear the images of King George IV, V and VI, besides regular coins from foreign countries.

Subash says, “I developed interest in collecting new notes when I was in class seven. Later, I gained knowledge about the coins that were rare and currency notes our ancestors used. That is when I took my father’s help, who is a textile merchant, to collect currency from older generations.”

Subash has about 500 coins from 141 countries including India and 210 currency notes from 64 countries. The Indian collection include rare copper coins, tokens, the first printed currency and the last version of Rs 500 note which was last printed in 1987, sealed Rs 2, Rs 5, Rs 10 (two varieties), Rs 20, Rs 50 and the latest currency. There are 96 Indian coins accounting to all the six types of Annas and 180 currency notes right from the 19th century.

“I saved all my pocket money and invested in this. I download papers from Republic Commemorative Coins on each mint and bought many of the foreign currency from friends, neighbours and relatives who live abroad. Except for this, I have no time for anything,” says Subash who has spent at least Rs 30,000 to boost his collection.

Not only this, Subash also has a collection of rare, scented and shaped stamps released on subjects like animals, butterflies, birds, Disney cartoon characters, triangle, leaders, film personalities, eminent people, Olympics and flowers. There are 1,800 stamps from foreign countries and 500 stamps from India.

Subash has neatly organised coins and currency in box shelved covers and coin holders that gives it a decent look for onlookers. He has been awarded the ‘Best Special Star Award’ by his college management.

Subash hopes to become the biggest philatelist and numismatic in the State.

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