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FEDERATED MALAY STATES

(Malacca)

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The Federated Maly States consists of the following states: Negri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Selangor and Sungei Ujong.

 

1900 Stamps of Negri Sembilan overprinted "FEDERATED MALAY STATES" and bar

  1 c lilac and green
  2 c lilac and brown
  3 c lilac and black
  5 c lilac and yellow
  10 c lilac and orange
  20 c green and olive
  25 c green and red
  50 c green 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
Value Unused Used Remarks
1 c * *  
2 c * *  
3 c * *  
5 c *** ***  
10 c ** **  
20 c *** ***  
25 c *** ***  
50 c *** ***  


3 c stamp with "SEREMBAN" cancel.

The 5 c and 50 c exist with overprint "JUDICIAL" to serve as a fiscal stamp, the 50 c also exists with "10 c Judicial" overprint in red.

 

1900 Stamps of Perak overprinted "FEDERATED MALAY STATES" and bar

  5 c lilac and yellow
  10 c lilac and orange

Larger sizes


(Reduced sizes)

  $ 1 dark green and light green
  $ 2 green and red
  $ 5 green and blue
  $ 25 green 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
5 c ** **  
10 c *** ***  
1 $ *** *** Fiscal cancel: **
2 $ *** ***  
5 $ RR RR Fiscal cancel: ***
25 $ RRR RRR Fiscal cancel: R

 

1900 Running Tiger

1 c green and black 6 c red 10 c lilac and black 50 c orange and black

  1 c green and black
  1 c green
  1 c brown
  1 c black
  2 c green
  2 c brown
  3 c brown and black
  3 c brown
  3 c red
  3 c grey
  3 c green
  4 c red and black
  4 c red
  4 c orange
  5 c red and green on yellow
  5 c lilac on yellow
  5 c brown
  6 c orange
  6 c red
  8 c blue and black
  8 c blue
  10 c lilac and black
  10 c blue
  10 c blue and black
  10 c lilac on yellow
  12 c blue
  20 c black and lilac
  25 c lilac and purple
  30 c orange and lilac
  35 c red on yellow
  35 c lilac and red
  50 c orange and black
  50 c black on green
  1 $ red and black (1931)
  2 $ red and grey on yellow (1935)
  5 $ red and grey on green (1935)

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 'CA Crown' (1900)
1 c green and black c c  
3 c brown and black c c  
4 c red and black c c  
5 c red and green on yellow c c  
8 c blue and black * *  
10 c lilac and black * *  
20 c black and lilac * *  
50 c orange and black *** **  
Watermark 'Multiple CA Crown' (1904)
1 c green and black * c  
1 c green c vc 1906 Two types with thin
or thick line below 'MALAY'.
1 c brown c c 1919
2 c green c vc 1919
3 c brown and black * c  
3 c brown c c 1906
3 c red c vc 1909
3 c grey c vc 1918
4 c red and black c c  
4 c red c vc 1919
5 c red and green on yellow * c  
6 c orange c c 1919
8 c blue and black * *  
8 c blue * c 1910
10 c lilac and black * c  
10 c blue c c 1919
20 c black and lilac * c  
35 c red on yellow * * 1922
50 c orange and black * *  

Watermark 'Multiple Script CA Crown' (1922)

1 c brown c c  
1 c black vc vc  
2 c green vc vc 1926
2 c brown c c 1925
3 c grey c c  
3 c green c vc 1924
3 c brown c vc 1927
4 c red c vc 1923
4 c orange c vc 1926
5 c lilac on yellow c vc  
5 c brown c vc 1932
6 c orange c vc  
6 c red c vc 1926
10 c blue * c 1923
10 c black and blue c c 1924
10 c lilac on yellow c vc 1931
12 c blue c vc  
20 c black and lilac * c 1923
25 c * c 1928
30 c * c 1929
35 c red on yellow * * 1928
35 c lilac and red * * 1931
50 c orange and black * c 1924
50 c black on green * c 1931

A '4 CENTS' on 3 c was prepared in 1918 but never placed into use. The whole stock (except a few stamps) was destroyed.


"KUALA LUMPUR" and "TAIPING F.M.S." cancel

Fiscal stamps, overprinted "Judicial":

The following values exist with this "Judicial" overprint: 3 c brown (red overprint), 5 c red and green on yellow (red overprint), 10 c lilac and black (red overprint), 20 c black and lilac (red overprint), 25 c on 50 c orange and black and 50 c orange and black (red overprint).
The values 10 c lilac and black and 50 c orange and black exist with a fiscal "J" overprint (in red on the 10 c) applied in 1901.
The overprint "JUDICIAL" was applied to the value 5 c red and green on yellow in 1906.

Overprint "ED", fiscal use?:


(Reduced size)

Postal stationary in the same design was also issued: 1 c green, 2 c green, 3 c red, 4 c red and 4 c orange. All of them are postcards except the 4 c orange which is a letter card. Furthermore the surcharges '2 CENTS' on 1 c green and '4 CENTS' on 3 c red exist. A newspaper wrapper 2 c green also exists.

Postal stationery in the same design, but with inscription "REGISTRATION FEE" added:


(Reduced size)

In this "REGISTRATION" design the values 5 c blue, 10 c blue and 12 c blue exist.

Forged Japanese occupation overprints have appeared from a seller from Florida on Ebay; see http://www.geocities.com/cjyuan00/gallery/fake.htm for more information. They can easily be recognized since the above stamps were never overprinted during the Japanese occupation.

 

1900 Elephants

$ 1 light green and dark green 5 $ green and blue

  1 $ dark green and light green
  1 $ black and red on blue
  2 $ green and red
  2 $ green and red on yellow
  5 $ green and blue
  5 $ green and red on green
  25 $ green and orange

The cancel "STAMP OFFICE" is a fiscal cancel.

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 'CC Crown' (1900)
1 $ dark green and light green *** *** Fiscally used: **
2 $ green and red *** *** Fiscally used: **
5 $ green and blue R ***  
25 $ RR RR Fiscally used: R
Watermark 'Multiple CA Crown' (1907)
1 $ dark green and light green ** ** Fiscally used: *
2 $ green and red *** *** Fiscally used: *
5 $ green and blue *** *** Fiscally used: **
25 $ RR R Fiscally used: ***

Watermark 'Multiple Script CA Crown' (1925)

1 $ dark green and light green ** * 1926
1 $ red and black on blue ** * 1931
2 $ green and red *** ** 1926
2 $ green and red on yellow *** ** 1934
5 $ green and blue *** ***  
5 $ green and red on green *** *** 1934
25 $ R R 1928

The values 1 $ dark green and light green, 2 $ green and red, 5 $ green and blue and 25 $ exist with "JUDICIAL" overprint in red, they are fiscal stamps issued in 1901.

Similar stamps as above exist with inscription "REVENUE" at both sides. They were issued in 1904 in the values 100 $ violet and red and 250 $ violet and blue, example:


(Front and backside of a $100 fiscal stamp)

 

1946 Victory issue, identical to sets issued in many other British colonies, inscription '8th JUNE 1946' (for stamps in a similar design, but for another British colony, click here): a 8 c red was prepared, but never issued (RR).

 

Postage Due stamps


4 c postage due stamp of 1924 with inscriptio "POSTAGE DUE FEDERATED MALAY STATES"

The first postage due stamps for the Federated Malay States were issued in 1924 (inscription "FEDERATED MALAY STATES POSTAGE DUE", 1 c violet, 2 c black, 4 c green, 8 c red, 10 c orange and 12 c blue).


Postage due stamp with inscription "POSTAGE DUE MALAYAN POSTAL UNION"

A second postage due set followed in 1936 with inscription "MALAYAN POSTAL UNION", values: 1 c violet, 1 c brown (1964), 2 c blue (1952), 3 c green (1945), 4 c green, 4 c brown (1965), 5 c red (1945), 8 c red, 8 c orange (1949), 10 c orange, 12 c blue, 12 c lilac (1954), 15 c blue (1945), 20 c blue (1948) and 50 c black. A '10 cents' on 8 c orange was issued in 1965.


With Japanese overprint

During the Japanes occupation, some stamps were overprinted with Japanese characters. I have seen 1 c violet, 3 c green, 4 c green, 5 c red, 9 c orange, 10 c orange, 12 c lilac and 15 c lilac.

I've also seen the values 4 c green, 10 c orange and 12 c lilac with overprint "DAI NIPPON 2602 MALAYA" (also issued during the Japanese occupation).


Railway Stamps

Some railway stamps exist with inscription "FEDERATED MALAY STATES RAILWAYS". I have never seen these stamps.


Fiscal Stamps

Besides the already mentionned postage stamps with overprint "Judicial", "JUDICIAL" or "J", there are also special stamps in the tiger design (as the postage stamps, but larger), but with inscription "JUDICIAL" at the bottom. They were issued in 1900 and the following values exist: 3 c, 5 c, 10 c, 20 c, 25 c, 50 c, 1 $, 2 $, 3 $, 5 $ (two colours), 10 $ (two colours), 25 $ (3 colours) and 50 $.


Postal Stationery

Besides the already mentioned postcards, letter card and newspaper wrapper in the running tiger design (as the postage stamps), another design also exist with a tiger in an embossed oval. The envelopes 4 c orange and 6 c red exist as well as the registered envelope 15 c blue (inscription "REGISTRATION FEE").



MALACCA (or Melaka)

Malacca issued its first stamps in 1948.

 

1948 Royal Silver wedding, identical to sets issued in many other British colonies, inscription "1923-1948", image of King and Queen, inscription "MALAYA MALACCA"

For stamps in a similar design, but for another British colony, click here

  10 c violet (smaller size)
  5 $ brown

 

1948 King George VI, inscription "MALAYA MALACCA"


King George VI, inscription "MALAYA" on top, "MALACCA" below

  1 c black
  2 c orange
  3 c green
  4 c brown
  5 c lilac (1952)
  6 c grey
  8 c red
  8 c green (1952)
  10 c lilac
  12 c red
  15 c blue
  20 c green and black
  20 c blue (1952)
  25 c orange and lilac
  35 c lilac and red (1952)
  40 c lilac and red
  50 c blue and black
  1 $ lilac and blue
  2 $ red and green
  5 $ brown and green

1937 issue
Similar stamps exist with inscription "STRAITS SETTLEMENTS"

Stamps in a larger design with inscription "REVENUE" are fiscal stamps, the following values exist: 25 $ brown and red, 100 $ blue and ? and 250 $ black and green.

 

1949 UPU issue, inscription "MALAYA-MALACCA" (design similar to many other British colonies)

For stamps in a similar design, but for another British colony, click here

  10 c lilac
  15 c blue
  25 c orange
  50 c grey

These UPU stamps were issued in the following Malayan states (all with different country name): Johore, Kedah, Kelantan, Malacca, Negri-Sembilan, Perak, Perlis, Selangor, Singapore and Trengganu.

 

1953 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth, inscription "CORONATION JUNE 1953 MALAYA MALACCA", design identical to many other British colonies

For stamps in a similar design, but for other British colonies, click here

  10 c lilac and black

These coronation stamps were issued in the following Malayan states (all with different country name): Johore, Kedah, Kelantan, Malacca, Negri-Sembilan, Pahang, Penang, Perak, Perlis, Selangor, Trengganu.

 

1954 Queen Elizabeth II, inscription "MALAYA MALACCA"


Examples of stamps of Malacca

  1 c black (1955)
  2 c orange (1955)
  4 c brown
  5 c lilac
  6 c grey
  8 c green (1955)
  10 c lilac
  12 c red (1955)
  20 c blue (1955)
  25 c orange and lilac (1955)
  30 c lilac and red (1955)
  35 c lilac and red 
  50 c blue and black (1955)
  1 $ lilac and blue
  2 $ red and green
  5 $ brown and green

 

1957 Queen Elizabeth II, definitive set

11 values

 

1960 Various designs (without portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, but arms instead)

11 values

 

1965 Orchid set, inscription "MELAKA MALAYSIA"

7 values

 

1971 Butterfly set, inscription "melaka malaysia"

7 values


 

PENANG, PULAU PINANG

1948 Royal Silver Wedding (King and Queen of Great Britain), inscription "MALAYA NEGRI SEMBILAN"

For stamps in a similar design, but for another British colony, click here

  10 c violet (smaller size)
  5 $ brown

 

1948 King George VI, inscription "MALAYA PENANG"

40 c lilac and red

  1 c black
  2 c orange
  3 c green
  4 c brown
  5 c lilac (1952)
  6 c grey
  8 c red
  8 c green
  10 c lilac
  12 c red
  15 c blue
  20 c green and black
  20 c blue (1952)
  25 c orange and lilac
  35 c lilac and red
  40 c lilac and red
  50 c blue and black
  1 $ lilac and blue
  2 $ red and green
  5 $ brown and green 


(Fiscal stamp of $100 with image of King George VI, issued in 1947)

I've also seen the value 25 $ brown and red in the above design with King George VI. The values 200 $ lilac and blue and 500 $ lilac should also exist.


Stamps of Straits Settlements with red overprint "DAI NIPPON 2602 PENANG"

I've seen a similar 5 c brown and 10 c lilac stamp (both small design) from Straits Settlements with a red "DAI NIPPON 2602 PENANG" overprint. This stamp was issued during the Japanese occupation.

 

1949 UPU issue, inscription "MALAYA PENANG" (design similar to many other British colonies)

For stamps in a similar design, but for another British colony, click here

  10 c lilac
  15 c blue
  25 c orange
  50 c grey

These UPU stamps were issued in the following Malayan states (all with different country name): Johore, Kedah, Kelantan, Malacca, Negri-Sembilan, Perak, Penang, Perlis, Selangor, Singapore and Trengganu.

 

1953 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth, inscription "CORONATION JUNE 1953", design identical to many other British colonies

For stamps in a similar design, but for other British colonies, click here

  10 c lilac and black

These coronation stamps were issued in the following Malayan states (all with different country name): Johore, Kedah, Kelantan, Malacca, Negri-Sembilan, Pahang, Penang, Perak, Perlis, Selangor, Trengganu.

 

1954 As 1948 issue, but with portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing the left

  1 c black (1955)
  2 c orange
  4 c brown
  5 c lilac
  6 c grey
  8 c green (1955)
  10 c lilac
  12 c red (1955)
  20 c blue
  25 c orange and lilac
  30 c lilac and red (1955)
  35 c lilac and red
  40 c lilac and red
  50 c blue and black
  1 $ lilac and blue
  2 $ red and green
  5 $ brown and green (1955)

 

1957 Various designs, with portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, inscription "MALAYA PENANG"

11 values

 

1960 Various designs, with arms of Penang in ellipse, inscription "MALAYA PENANG"

11 values

 

1965 Orchid set, inscription "MALAYSIA PULAU PINANG"


(Inscription "MALAYSIA PULAU PINANG", reduced size)

7 values

 

1971 Butterfly set, inscription "malaysia pulau pinang"

7 values

 

Fiscal stamp of Penang:


PERLIS

Perlis issued stamps from 1948 onwards.

 

1948 Royal Silver Wedding (King and Queen of Great Britain), inscription "MALAYA NEGRI SEMBILAN"

For stamps in a similar design, but for another British colony, click here

  10 c violet (smaller size)
  5 $ brown

 

1949 UPU issue, inscription "MALAYA-PERLIS" (design similar to many other British colonies)

For stamps in a similar design, but for another British colony, click here

  10 c lilac
  15 c blue
  25 c orange
  50 c grey

These UPU stamps were issued in the following Malayan states (all with different country name): Johore, Kedah, Kelantan, Malacca, Negri-Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Penang, Perlis, Selangor, Singapore and Trengganu.

 

1951 Raja Syed Putra in an ellipse, surrounded by palm trees, inscription "MALAYA PERLIS"

  1 c black
  2 c orange
  3 c green
  4 c brown
  5 c lilac (1952)
  6 c grey
  8 c red
  8 c green (1952)
  10 c lilac
  12 c red
  15 c blue
  20 c green and black
  20 c blue (1952)
  25 c orange and lilac
  30 c lilac and red (1955)
  35 c lilac and red (1952)
  40 c lilac and red
  50 c blue and black
  1 $ lilac and blue
  2 $ red and green
  5 $ brown and green

 

1953 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth, inscription "CORONATION JUNE 1953", design identical to many other British colonies

For stamps in a similar design, but for other British colonies, click here

  10 c lilac and black

These coronation stamps were issued in the following Malayan states (all with different country name): Johore, Kedah, Kelantan, Malacca, Negri-Sembilan, Pahang, Penang, Perak, Perlis, Selangor, Trengganu.

 

1957 Various designs, as Johore issue of 1960, but with portrait of Raja Syed Putra

12 values

 

1965 Orchids set

7 values

 

1971 Butterfly set

7 values


MALAYSIA


Example, inscription "PERSEKUTUAN TANAH MELAYU PELAJARAN RENDAH PERCHUMA"

The first stamps of Malaysia (1957) had the inscription "MALAYA" or "PERSEKUTUAN TAHAN MELAYU" (see image above). From 1963 onwards the inscription was "MALAYSIA".

Stamps of Malaysia with inscription "DENDA" are postage due stamps (first issued in 1966).


JAPANESE OCCUPATION OF MALAYSIA

1943 General issue, various designs, only Japanese inscriptions

  1 c greyish green (rubber tapper)
  2 c green (fruit)
  3 c grey (design as 1 c)
  4 c red (tin dredging)
  8 c blue (monument)
  8 c violet (ploughing, larger size)
  10 c brown (native hut)
  15 c violet (house, Japanese shrine)
  15 c red (ploughing, larger size, identical to 8 c violet)
  30 c green (sago palm trees)
  50 c blue (Strait of Johore)
  70 c blue (mosque)

 

1944 Men working in field, map of Malaysia in background symbolising rebirth of Malaya

  8 c red
  15 c violet

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