Jind is one of those divisive Indian States. You either love 'em or hate 'em - it's very hard to be indifferent. I
love 'em. You
may hate 'em, but do, please, bear with me, because they hold all sorts of interest.
Jind was a medium sized state in the Punjab, in the northwest of modern India, near Pakistan. It had a population of around 300,000 and an area of about 1300 square miles. These figures are important to bear in mind, because the earliest issues of Jind were valid only within the borders of the State, as was the case with almost all the 'Feudatory' States as listed in Gibbons.
(In 1885, Jind joined a Postal Convention with British India, under which Jind gave up its own post office, and used British Indian stamps overprinted Jind (or Jhind or Jeend, according to taste). These stamps were valid throughout India, but they are very boring, and I won't say anything more about them.)
Jind's first stamps appeared respectably early, in 1874. There were five values: Half, One, Two, Four and Eight Annas. This set was lithographed from a rather blurry set of stones on thin yellowish wove paper, and later from a second, much clearer set of stones.
SG J1-J5 and J7
Unfortunately, I can't show SG J1a, the Half Anna with the value tablet retouched all over. (I've seen one genuine example, and many, many pretenders.) I'm also missing the two rarer shades of the 8 Annas (and goodness knows when I'll get them, either).
The 2 Annas brown-buff (SG J4 - fourth from left) was only printed from the second stone.
These first stamps being a bit unsatisfactory, were replaced in 1876 with a new printing from the new stones, on bluish laid card paper:
The 1874 set tends to be more common used than mint; the reverse is true for the 1876 set. Could it be (perish the thought!) that the 1874 set was aimed more at stamp collectors?
To round off the first period, there is a minor mystery - the so-called Lion stamps:
These have a lion instead of a value in the central tablet. The conventional wisdom is that they were prepared for official use, but were never actually issued. They turn up from time to time in old collections, and I've heard of sheets being offered at auction.