Jenny Over the Great Wall
Sindh Dak Post
These stamps from the Sindh district were the first issued in India—and in Asia. In 1854 the Indian government recalled all unused stamps from Sindh, making them scarce today. The red stamp is also rare because the fragile wax caused many to fall apart. Sindh is now in Pakistan.
Sutherland Local Boos
Issued by an English-owned stagecoach line that carried mail from Tokyo (Yedo) to Yokohama, these 1870 stamps are among the world’s rarest. Collectors call them boos–a shortening of ichibuban, an old Japanese currency. This pink ¼ boo is one of six known copies; the yellow ¼ boo is one of eight.