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STRAITS SETTLEMENTS 1867-1901

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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

24 c on 8 a red
(Reduced size)

  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'.

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 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 aR***Number of stamps issued: 32000
6 c on 2 aRRRNumber of stamps issued: 24000
8 c on 2 aR***Number of stamps issued: 144000
12 c on 4 aRRRNumber of stamps issued: 24000
Double overprint = printers waiste
24 c on 8 aR***Number of stamps issued: 80000
32 c on 2 aR***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 stamp

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 overprint)

Another forged double overprint:

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

Forgery?
(Forgery?)

 

1868 Queen Victoria, various frames

2 c red 5 c blue 5 c brown

  2 c red (1883)
  2 c brown
  4 c red
  4 c brown (1883)
  5 c brown (1882)
  5 c blue (1883)
  5 c lilac (1899)

8 c yellow 8 c blue 10 c blue 12 c blue 12 c lilac 24 c green

  6 c lilac
  8 c yellow
  8 c blue (1894)
  10 c blue (1882)
  12 c blue
  12 c lilac (1883)
  24 c green

32 c red

  30 c lilac
  32 c red
  96 c grey

For surcharged stamps click here. For cancels click here. All these stamps have perforation 14 (unless otherwise stated).

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
Watermark 'CC Crown (1867)
2 c brown ** 
4 c red** 
5 c brown******1882
6 c ***** 
8 c yellow**** 
10 c******1882
12 c blue***** 
24 c***** 
30 c**** 
32 cR*** 
96 c******In 1871 this stamp was issued with perforation 12 1/2: ***
Watermark 'CA Crown' (1882)
2 c brown***** 
2 c redcc1883
4 c red*c 
4 c brown**1883
5 c blue*c1883
5 c brown**1894
5 c lilac** 
6 c** 
8 c yellow**Also orange
8 c blue*c1894
10 c*c 
12 c lilac*****1883, shades of colour exist
24 c*** 
30 c*** 
32 c** 
96 c****** 

Forgeries:

Forgeries!

The above stamp 96 c grey is a forgery, it has the border ornaments of the 32 c and can therefore easily be identified. It also has a cancel that has never been used in Straits Settlements and the perforation is quite bad. This stamp is a Spiro forgery. Other Spiro forgeries can be recognized by their cancels and the lack of watermark:

Forgery! Spiro forgery!

In the 4 c, 6 c, 8 c, 12 c and 24 c the corner ornaments are all the same as in the 2 c! However, in the genuine stamps, the corner ornaments differ for all values!

The 32 c stamp looks the same as the genuine stamp, however, the bottom of the 'A' touches the 'G' in the word 'POSTAGE' in this forgery (in the genuine stamp these letters don't touch).


(Another forgery of the 32 c)

Unlisted overprint 'I.R. OFFICIAL'?:

I have seen the 2 c red and the 4 c brown with this overprint.

 

1892 Queen Victoria, smaller head

5 Dollars orange and red

  1 c green
  3 c red (1895)
  3 c brown (1899)
  25 c purple and green
  50 c green and red
  5 Dollars orange and red (1898)

These stamps have watermark 'CA Crown' and perforation 14.

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 ccvc 
3 c redcvc 
3 c browncc 
25 c*** 
50 c*** 
5 $RR 

For 1903-1936 issues click here

 


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