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STRAITS SETTLEMENTS 1867 Issue

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The Straits Settlements consisted of Malacca, Penang and Singapore (the first two nowadays situated in Malaysia).

BANGKOK: Stamps of Straits Settlements overprinted with a 'B' were used in Bangkok.
Stamps of Sraits Settlements overprinted with 'P.G.S.' were used in Perak.


Before the introduction of its own stamps, the stamps of India were used in Straits Settlements. Some cancels that can be encountered are 'B172' (Singapore), 'B109' (Mallaca) and B147 (Penang).

Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com 'B172' cancel, Singapore
'B109' (Mallaca) and 'B172' (Singapore) cancels


1867 Stamps of India surcharged with a crown and value

4 c brown


Part of a sheet of "THREE HALF CENTS" on 1/2 a blue stamps.

  1 1/2 c (THREE HALF CENTS, red) on 1/2 a blue
  2 c (red) on 1 a brown
  3 c (blue) on 1 a brown
  4 c on 1 a brown
  6 c (violet) on 2 a yellow
  8 c (green) on 2 a yellow
  12 c (red) on 4 a green
  24 c (blue) on 8 a red
  32 c on 2 a yellow

For the specialist: these stamps should have a watermark: 'Elephant-head'. Most used stamps of this issue have additional firm-chops on top of the usual cancels. Click here for firm chops, A-K or Straits Settlements firm chops on early stamps, L-Z.


12 c on 4 a double overprint; printers' waste.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
Value Unused Used Remarks
1 1/2 c on 1/2 a *** *** Number of stamps issued: 40000
2 c on 1 a *** *** Number of stamps issued: 96000
3 c on 1 a *** *** Number of stamps issued: 96000
4 c on 1 a R *** Number of stamps issued: 32000
6 c on 2 a RR R Number of stamps issued: 24000
8 c on 2 a R *** Number of stamps issued: 144000
12 c on 4 a RR R Number of stamps issued: 24000
Double overprint = printers waiste
24 c on 8 a R *** Number of stamps issued: 80000
32 c on 2 a R *** Number of stamps issued: 64000

The 1/2 c blue exists with 'THREE HALF' deleted and a '2' written above it in manuscript (RRR), examples:


Images reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com


Certified genuine stamps

For cancels click here.

Forgeries:

Forgery! Forgery!
(reduced sizes)

In the left stamp, the 32 cents overprint is added after the cancel. The second stamp is also a forgery with the 32 cents overprint added to India's stamp with the wrong shade.

Other forgery, 'CENTES' instead of 'CENTS':

Forgery, 'CENTES' instead of 'CENTS'
(Reduced size)


(Forged overprints)


This stamps immediatly looks suspicious through its India cancel. A comparison of the overprint shows that the letters are different from the genuien overprint....


Other highly dubious stamp

Another forged double overprint:


The book "The Postage Stamps of The Straits Settlements by R.H.D. Lockhart (1925)" mentions this error as bing printer's waste. I'm not sure if the above 'error' is a forgery of this error or not.

I don't trust the next overprint, could this be a forgery?:

Forgery?
(Forgery?)

In the Fournier Album, in the last sections with 'overprints' under 'Divers', a "THREE HALFCENTS" , a "THREE CENTS" and a "24 CENTS" overprint can be found. There is no image of the corresponding crown overprint though.


The forged Straits Settlements overprints can be found at the top left and bottom.

For Straits Settlements 1868-1901 issues, click here.


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