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Country on the island of Borneo, situated between Sarawak and Sabah.

1906 Stamps of Labuan overprinted 'BRUNEI' in red

  1 c lilac and black
  3 c brown and black
  8 c red and black

Surcharged

5 c on 16 c brown and green 10 c on 16 c brown and green
(Reduced sizes)

  'TWO CENTS' on 3 c brown and black
  'TWO CENTS' on 8 c red and black
  'FOUR CENTS' on 12 c yellow and black
  'FIVE CENTS' on 16 c brown and green
  'TEN CENTS' on 16 c brown and green
  'TWENTYFIVE CENTS' on 16 c brown and green
  'THIRTY CENTS' on 16 c brown and green
  'FIFTY CENTS' on 16 c brown and green
  'ONE DOLLAR' on 8 c red and black

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 c******With black overprint: RR
3 c**** 
8 c**** 
2 c on 3 c*** 
2 c on 8 c***** 
4 c on 12 c** 
5 c on 16 c**** 
10 c on 16 c** 
25 c on 16 c****** 
30 c on 16 c****** 
50 c on 16 c****** 
1 $ on 8 c****** 

 

1907 Native village with canoe

3 c brown and black

  1 c green and black
  1 c green (1908)
  1 c black (1926)
  2 c red and black
  2 c brown and black
  2 c brown (1924)
  2 c green (1933)
  3 c brown and black
  3 c red (1908)
  3 c green (1924)
  4 c lilac and black
  4 c red
  4 c brown (1924)
  4 c orange (1929)
  5 c blue and black
  5 c orange and black (1908)
  5 c orange (1916)
  5 c grey (1931)
  5 c brown (1933)
  8 c orange and black
  8 c blue (1908)
  8 c black (1933)
  10 c green and black
  10 c violet on yellow
  25 c yellow and blue
  25 c violet
  30 c black and violet
  30 c orange and lilac
  50 c brown and green
  50 c black on green
  1 $ grey and red
  1 $ red and black on blue
  5 $ red on green
  25 $ black on red

All these stamps have perforation 14. Specialists distinguish two plates of these stamps (value inscription printed in separately or together).

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
With watermark 'Multiple CA Crown'
1 c green and black ** 
1 c greencc 
2 c red and black** 
2 c brown and black cc 
3 c brown and black ** 
3 c red cc 
4 c lilac and black ** 
4 c redcc 
5 c blue and black****** 
5 c orange and black ** 
5 c orangec* 
8 c orange and black**** 
8 c blue** 
10 c green and black** 
10 c violet on yellow cc 
25 c yellow and blue**** 
25 c violet** 
30 c black and violet**** 
30 c orange and lilac ** 
50 c brown and green **** 
50 c black on green**** 
1 $ grey and red****** 
1 $ red and black on blue **** 
5 $ red on green****** 
25 $ black on redRRRRMainly used fiscally
Watermark 'Multiple Script CA Crown'
1 c blackvcvc 
2 c browncc 
2 c greencc 
3 c greencc 
4 c brown*c 
4 c orangecc 
5 c greycc 
5 c browncc 
8 c blackcc 
10 c violet on yellowcc 
25 c violet** 
30 c orange and lilac** 
50 c black on green** 
1 $ red and black on blue** 

Some of these stamps exist with a Japanese overprint, they were issued during the Japanese occupation.

 

1924 River and village

  3 c green
  6 c black
  6 c red
  12 c blue

Local stamps

1895 Local stamps of Brunei, bay with sailship, inscriptions in english and arabic

5 c green 10 c orange

The following values exits: 1/2 c brown, 1 c lilac, 2 c black, 3 c blue, 5 c green, 8 c brown, 10 c orange, 25 c green, 50 c grey and 1 Dollar green. Many people think this issue was a bogus issue. I have only seen the cancel 'BRUNEI 4 AUG 1895' in a large circle. Not many of these stamps were issued (1/2 c: 50000, 1 c: 25000, 2 c: 20000, 3 c: 20000, 5 c: 20000, 8 c: 10000, 25 c: 1000, 50 c: 1000 and 1 Dollar: 1000).

Literature: Brunei 1895 Star and Crescent Issue by Robson Lowe 1973, (33 pages). (I haven't seen this book, so I can't give any comments).


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