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STRAITS SETTLEMENTS 1911-1945

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Straits Settlements 1902-1910

1911 King Edward VII in an ellipse, inscription "POSTAGE & REVENUE"

  21 c lilac and brown
  45 c black on green

These stamps have watermark 'Multiple 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
Value Unused Used Remarks
21 c ** **  
45 c * *  

 

1912 King George V, various frames

50 c black on green 1 $ black and red on blue 2$ black and red on yellow

  1 c green
  1 c black
  2 c green
  2 c brown
  3 c red
  3 c green
  4 c lilac
  4 c red
  4 c violet
  4 c orange
  5 c orange
  5 c brown
  6 c red (3 shades were issued)
  8 c blue
  10 c lilac on yellow
  10 c blue
  12 c blue
  21 c lilac and brown
  25 c lilac
  30 c lilac and orange
  35 c orange and lilac
  35 c lilac and red
  45 c black and grey on green
  50 c black on green
  1 $ black and red on blue
  2 $ green and red on yellow
  5 $ green and red on green

Non issued stamps exist: 3 c brown (prepared in 1922) and 8 c red (also prepared in 1922, more common with 'SPECIMEN' overprint).

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

Watermark 'Multiple CA Crown' (1912)

1 c green c vc  
1 c black c c 1919
2 c green c c 1919
3 c red c vc 1913
4 c lilac c c 1913
4 c red c vc 1919
5 c orange c vc  
6 c red c c 1920
8 c c c 1913
10 c lilac on yellow * c  
10 c blue * c 1919
21 c * * 1913
25 c * c 1914
30 c * * 1914
45 c * * 1914
50 c * * 1914
1 $ ** * 1914
2 $ *** ** 1914
5 $ *** ** 1913
Watermark 'Multiple Script CA Crown' (1921)
1 c black vc vc 1922
2 c green c vc  
2 c brown c c 1925
3 c green c c 1923
4 c red c c  
4 c violet c vc 1924
4 c orange c vc 1929
5 c orange c vc Specialists distinguish two plates
5 c brown c vc 1932, specialists distinguish two plates
6 c red c vc 1922
10 c blue * c  
10 c lilac on yellow c c 1926
12 c c vc 1922
21 c ** * 1923
25 c * c 1923
30 c * c  
35 c orange and lilac * c 1922
35 c lilac and red c vc 1931
50 c * c 1925
1 $ * c 1922
2 $ ** * 1925
5 $ *** * 1926
Large size

With red fiscal cancel

  25 $ blue and brown on blue
  100 $ black and red on blue
  500 $ violet and orange

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

Watermark 'Multiple CA Crown' (1912)

25 $ RR RR  
100 $ RRR RR  
500 $ RRR RRR  
Watermark 'Multiple Script CA Crown' (1921)
25 $ R R With 'SPECIMEN' overprint: R
100 $ RR RR With 'SPECIMEN' overprint: R
500 $ RRR RRR With fiscal cancel: R
With 'SPECIMEN' overprint: R
Red cross issue overprinted 'RED CROSS' and surcharged (1917)

  'RED CROSS 2c.' on 3 c red
  'RED CROSS 2c.' on 4 c lilac

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
2 c on 3 c * *  
2 c on 4 c * *  
Overprinted 'MALAYA BORNEO EXHIBITION'

Various stamps (11) exist with this overprint (1922). This overprint is more or less a private one.


A cancel with "BRITISH EMPIRE EXHIBITION 1922" on a 5 c stamp.


"SEPOY LINES SINGAPORE" and "NEWTON SINGAPORE"

Fiscally used stamps, examples:


Some postage stamps used as fiscal stamps, cancelled with a large red seal with a crown in the center indicating the value once more, the date is also indicated in this seal '11-10-24' on the left and '7-6-21' on the right hand side.

 

1935 Silver Jubilee of King George V

For stamps in the same design, but for another British colony, click here

  5 c grey and blue
  8 c blue and green
  12 c blue and brown
  25 c lilac and black

 

1936 King George V, new type, inscription "MALAYA STRAITS SETTLEMENTS"

  1 c black
  2 c green
  4 c orange
  5 c brown
  6 c red
  8 c grey
  10 c lilac
  12 c blue
  25 c red and lilac
  30 c orange and lilac
  40 c violet and red
  50 c black on green
  1 $ red and black on blue
  2 $ red and green
  5 $ red and green on green

 

1937 Inscription "12th MAY 1937 STRAITS SETTLEMENTS MALAYA" portrait of King and Queen

For stamps in the same design, but for another British colony, click here

The values 4 c orange, 8 c grey and 12 c blue were issued (design identical to that of many other British colonies).

 

1937 Inscription "MALAYA STRAITS SETTLEMENTS", as 1936 issue, but with portrait of King George VI

1937 issue

  1 c black
  2 c green
  2 c orange
  3 c green
  4 c orange
  5 c brown
  6 c red
  8 c grey
  10 c lilac
  12 c blue
  15 c blue
  25 c red and lilac
  30 c orange and lilac
  40 c lilac and red
  50 c black on green
  1 $ red and black on blue
  2 $ red and green
  5 $ red and green on green 

Similar stamps exist, but instead of "STRAITS SETTLEMENTS" with bottom inscription "MALACCA" or "PENANG".

Japanese occupation of Straits Settlements during the second world war, example:


Japanese overprint and "DAI NIPPON 2602 MALAYA" overprint


So-called Malacca chop; Japanese overprint on Straits Settlements stamps. One overprint covers four stamps.

1945 Overprinted "BMA MALAYA" (British Military Administration)


("BMA MALAYA"; British Military Administration, after World War II)

  1 c black (overprint red)
  2 c orange
  3 c green
  5 c brown
  6 c grey
  8 c red
  8 c grey (prepared, but not issued: RR)
  10 c lilac
  12 c blue
  15 c blue (black or red overprint)
  25 c red and lilac
  50 c black on green
  1 $ red and black
  2 $ red and green
  5 $ red and green on green 
  5 $ orange and lilac


Not sure what this "S.M.C." overprint was used for.


Large "BMA MALAYA" overprint on larger fiscal stamp of 100 $ blue and lilac in a similar design, another stamp 25 $ brown and red exists with this "BMA MALAYA" overprint.


A postal forgery of the 50 c (left and middle), together with a genuine 50 c (right). The forgery was made by colouring a genuine1 c black with green dye and repainting the figure of value (thus replacing '1 c' by '50 c'). This forgery can also be found in the book 'Postal Forgeries of the World' by H.G. Leslie Fletcher.

 


1946 Unissued Victory stamp: 8 c red, inscription "MALAYAN UNION 8th JUNE 1946"


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