Limited edition of 25 silver ingots of Sikh Heritage stamps launched
New Delhi, India February 25, 2014 -(PressReleasePoint)- In a first-of-its-kind in the world, Hallmark India Pvt. Ltd., part of London-based Hallmark Group, has launched “The Sikh collection” of 25 pure Swiss Silver Ingots (.999) layered in 24-carat gold of Sikh heritage stamps. To preserve the value for the collectors, the 'Premium Edition' with 25 ingots has only 3,700 complete sets each.
The limited “Sikh”collection celebrates the rich cultural and spiritual legacy of the Sikhs. To ensure the highest quality, each Sikh Heritage Stamp Ingot has been crafted by the world’s finest artist and Swiss craftsmen.
"The 'Sikh’Collection is unquestionably one of the finest collections of engraved silver ingots that have ever been produced, unrivalled anywhere in the world. It has taken more than 40 months of intensive artistic endeavor, fine sculpture and skilled engraving to create the 25 Master Dies ready for minting," said Mr. R.A. Wainwright, Chairman, Hallmark Group Limited.
“The stamps comprising “The Sikh Collection” have been selected from the Sikh Heritage Stamps which are with UK Punjab Heritage Association. They have been carefully chosen to reflect the most important personalities and moments in Sikh history representing the unique cultural heritage of Sikhs” said Amandeep Singh Madra, Chairman, UK Punjab Heritage Association.
The collection commemorates the remarkable impact the Sikhs have had on 500 years of world history. Beginning with the lives of the Gurus and the emergence of the Sikh empire, to their role in two World Wars and continuing contribution in modern times through every facet of life.
All ingots are minted in solid silver (2.2mm thick ) and layered with pure 24 carat gold and each stamp perforation is diamond cut .The collection showcases an ingot with the iconic image of Guru Nanak with his constant companions ( The Hindu fan-bearer Bhai Bala and the Muslim rebeck – player Bhai Mardana), the exquisite handwriting of Guru Gobind Singh from “The AdiGranth Sahib”, the vibrant ingot based on 19thcentuary painting which shows Guru Gobind Singh riding a majestically camparisoned piebald stallion, an ingot shows a historic panoramic view of Harmandir Sahib to mention a few of the ingots.
Placed in a handmade, lacquered wood collector’s chest with mother-of-pearl spatula to lift the ingots, each set has e 25 complete fact cards and an collector’s album, a jeweller’s cloth, cotton gloves and a special hardbound edition of “The Golden Temple of Amritsar”. Each subscriber is issued an officially numbered ‘Certificate of Authenticity’, confirming the edition limit and the precious metal purity of each stamp ingot. Each ingot will vary in size and the price of each is fixed at Rs. 8,500 (inclusive of all duties and taxes).
"For more than three decades, Hallmark Group has dedicated itself to the reproduction of historic images as engraved solid silver ingots and ‘The Sikh Collection’ is a rare and treasured heirloom which needs to be preserved for future generations.," added Mr. Wainwright.
For over 36 years, The Hallmark Group has collaborated with governments and philatelic organizations throughout the world to celebrate and commemorate important national events. Hallmark re-creates historic postage stamps as a series of exquisitely engraved ingots, flawlessly minted in solid silver and plated in pure gold. Open to limited public subscription, each hallmark Commemorative Issue is an authentic record of unique quality and becomes a truly valued testament for future generations. With operating divisions throughout Europe, America, Asia and the Pacific, The Hallmark Group has unrivalled world experience in commemorating events of national importance.