VISAKHAPATNAM: Hundreds of school students visited the philately and numismatic exhibition at the Andhra University Platinum Jubilee Guest House here Wednesday. The exhibition featured a rare collection of postage stamps, covers, coins and currency notes by city-based philatelist Commander (Retd) G Rama Rao.
Chief postmaster general of Andhra Pradesh circle BV Sudhakar inaugurated the exhibition which was organised under the aegis of the Visakhapatnam region of the Postal Department. Teachers and parents too paid a visit to the exhibition to have a glance at the rare stamps which date to the 1940’s.
Commander Rama Rao explained to the enthusiastic students about the importance of each and every item on display.
G Premchand of NRI Indian Springs School said that he was enthralled by the rare collection of stamps and coins. He also said that the exhibition had provided him a good insight into the number of stamps released in the world.
Under the theme of music, around 4,000 stamps, covers, coins and currency notes were on display. “At a time when the people are not showing any interest in philately as a hobby, exhibitions such as this can go a long way in inspiring students to cultivate the habit of stamp collection,” says K Bhanu Chander, a parent who visited the exhibition.
The stamps on Michael Jackson released in 2011 by the US government and an Austrian stamp bearing the portrait of a football player scoring the goal attracted the visitors most.
Commander Rama Rao expressed his happiness over a large number of students visiting his exhibition. He said that he would continue to collect stamps and write a book on stamp collection.