European Postal Stamp Collection In The Honour Of Mahatma Gandhi

European countries like Italy, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, and many more have issued stamps honoring Mahatma Gandhi, the great leader of all time.

Stamp of Belgium (1999)Original Source: The Collection of Mr. Surjit K. Das

Mahatma Gandhi is considered as one of the greatest visionaries born. His fight for the nation’s freedom and the practices he chose to follow made him famous all over the parts in European countries.

Belgium has issued stamps commemorating various personalities, including Gandhi.

Fake stamp of Sanda Island, Scotland (is only sold as souvenir)Original Source: The Collection of Mr. Surjit K. Das

A bogus local Scottish stamp was issued of Mahatma Gandhi showing different images of him in 2D.  

Scotland 1997 Indepex (1997)Original Source: The Collection of Mr. Surjit K. Das

Easdale Island issued a Mahatma Gandhi miniature sheet with Taj Mahal as the background image to celebrate the 50th year of India's Independence.

Stamps of Scotland (1997)Original Source: The Collection of Mr. Surjit K. Das

A block of 8 stamps was issued by Easdale island to celebrate his birth centenary. It shows Mahatma Gandhi's portrait at left corner and different pictorial presentation of various stages in his life. Like Gandhi as an adult, him sitting with the spinning wheel, etc.

Stamp of Germany (1969)Original Source: The Collection of Mr. Surjit K. Das

To celebrate the birth centenary, Germany federal post office issued a stamp with M K Gandhi portrait on it as a way to honour the great leader.  

Hungary Stamp (1969)Original Source: The Collection of Mr. Surjit K. Das

Hungary also celebrated the birth centenary of Mahatma Gandhi by issuing a stamp with his portrait on it.

Soviet Union Stamp 1969 (1969)Original Source: The Collection of Mr. Surjit K. Das

Russia issued a stamp on the Birth Centenary of Mahatma Gandhi as well.

Gibraltar postage stamp (1998)Original Source: The Collection of Mr. Surjit K. Das

The stamp of wisdom has a special label with the inscription on the stamp "Hate the sin, love the sinner". 

The sheet-let has 6 stamps and tabs, issued in Europe.  

Stamps of Wisdom & Gibraltar (1998)Original Source: The Collection of Mr. Surjit K. Das

Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory and headland, on Spain's south coast. 

This is a first-day cover issued under stamps of wisdom which includes Mahatma Gandhi's portrait along with other famous personalities.

Stamp of Gibraltar (2008)Original Source: The Collection of Mr. Surjit K. Das


Mohandas K. Gandhi believed in the universality of the human condition and in a moving letter he wrote from a Birmingham jail said: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” 

This is another first-day cover issued by Gibraltar as a tribute to Gandhi along with other famous personalities.

Great Britain Stamp (1969)Original Source: The Collection of Mr. Surjit K. Das

This is the first stamp issued by Great Britain on a foreign citizen (non-British).

The stamp was designed by an Indian artist, Mr Biman Mullick, who explained his philosophy of trying out a simple design to conform with Mahatma Gandhi's principles.

Greece Stamp with portrait of Gandhi (1970)Original Source: The Collection of Mr. Surjit K. Das

Greece issued a limited edition stamp booklet to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th Birth Anniversary.

Stamp of Ireland (1969)Original Source: The Collection of Mr. Surjit K. Das

Ireland released a pair of stamps dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his birth centenary in green and yellow colour each.

San Marino Gandhi Stamp (1987)Original Source: The Collection of Mr. Surjit K. Das

In 1997 San Marino issued a stamp to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of India's Independence.

It has Palazzo Pubblico (‘Public Palace’), the official govt building of San Marino image on the left and M K Gandhi portrait on the right.

Pre stamped postal envelope Romania (1997)Original Source: The Collection of Mr. Surjit K. Das

On the 50th anniversary of India’s independence, Romania issued a PS envelope with M K Gandhi portrait on it as he played a great role in the fight for the nation’s freedom.  

Stamp of Soviet Union (1998)Original Source: The Collection of Mr. Surjit K. Das

Another stamp of Mahatma Gandhi issued by the Soviet Union has a portrait of him. 

Stamp of Mordovia (2001)Original Source: The Collection of Mr. Surjit K. Das

Mordovia issued a stamp set of 9 stamps with different images of Mahatma Gandhi. 

His quote is also mentioned in it, 
"I have nothing new to teach the world, truth and non-violence are as old as the hills."

Soviet Union stamp (1990)Original Source: The Collection of Mr. Surjit K. Das

Another stamp from Mordovia shows the films that have won the academy award.

It features 'Gandhi', the 1982 period biographical film based on the life of Mahatma Gandhi.  

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