Malaya - Kedah State
1950 Definitive Issues

Updated - April, 2018

Kedah State is on the west coast of the Malay Peninsula next to Perlis State, Thailand, Perak State and the Indian Ocean. Thru a series of occupations and treaties, Kedah came under the protection of "His Britannic Majesty". Stamps from the Federated Malay States were used until stamps specific to Kedah were printed beginning in 1912. The original set was printed first on paper watermarked Multiple Crown CA and later Multiple Script CA. A new set was issued in 1937 with the image of Sultan Abdul Hamid Halimshah and was used until the Japanese invasion in 1941. After World War II, Straits Settlements stamps overprinted BMA were used until the 1950 set was issued.

The 1950 set featured a new design with a Sheaf of Rice on the lower values, and Sultan Tengku Badlishah on the higher ones, and was printed on paper watermarked with Multiple Script CA. You can identify stamps from this set by sorting the various colors that evolved during the six years the set was printed. As many as seven printings of some of the values were created. This results in a lot of potential color shades to sort. As you will see, not all printings have noticeable color changes, so only the ones listed in the catalogues are shown below. The values that were most heavily printed were the 4c, 5c, 6c, 10c, 20c, 25c, 50c, $1, and $5.

Many collectors have trouble identifying colors. I find it helps to have a number of stamps to sort rather than just one or two. I place all of the same value stamps on black and then white paper and look at them under a strong light. The color differences tend to stand out when viewed this way. Then it becomes a matter of deciding if a stamp is a darker or paler in comparison to the other stamps in the group you are sorting. When you have isolated the color differences, look at your catalogue reference to see what is listed. Remember there were multiple printings of this set, so there should be some variation in many of the values. You can use the stamps shown below as a reference of what might be found.

The catalog numbers are from the 2008 Commonwealth King George VI Postage Stamp Catalogue (CW) published by Murray Payne, 2013 Stanley Gibbons Stamp Catalogue (SG) and the 2011 Scott catalog (ST). The historical details are from "The Postage Stamps of the Federated Malay States, Johore, Kedah, Kelantan, Negri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Selangor, Straits Settlements, Sungei Ujong, and Trengganu" by Dr. F. E. Wood. The print dates are described in the 1968 Stanley Gibbons Elizabethan Postage Stamp Catalogue. You can access the catalogue publishers using the "Links to British Colonial Stamp Sites" at the bottom of this page.

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CW 12 - SG 76 - ST 61
1c Black
CW 13 - SG 77 - ST 62
2c Orange
CW 14 - SG 78 - ST 63
3c Green
CW 15 - SG 79 - ST 64
4c Brown
CW 15a - SG 79 - ST 64
4c Deep Brown
CW 27 - SG 79a - ST 65
5c Magenta
CW 27a - SG 79ab - ST 65
5c Bright Magenta
CW 27b - SG 79a - ST 65
5c Dark Magenta
CW 16 - SG 80 - ST 66
6c Grey
CW 16a - SG 80 - ST 66
6c Greenish-Grey
CW 16b - SG 80 - ST 66
6c Pale Grey
CW 17 - SG 81 - ST 67
8c Scarlet
CW 28 - SG 81a - ST 68
8c Green
CW 28a - SG 81ab - ST 68
8c Deep Green
CW 18 - SG 82 - ST 69
10c Red-Purple
CW 18a - SG 82 - ST 69
10c Deep Red-Purple
CW 29 - SG 82a - ST 70
12c Scarlet
CW 19 - SG 83 - ST 71
15c Bright Ultramarine
CW 20 - SG 84 - ST 72
20c Black &
CW 30 - SG 84a - ST 73
20c Blue
CW 30a - SG 84a - ST 73
20c Deep Blue
CW 21 - SG 85 - ST 74
25c Deep Purple &
CW 21a - SG 85 - ST 74
25c Red-Purple &
CW 31 - SG 85a - ST 75
30c Scarlet &
CW 32 - SG 85b - ST 76
35c Scarlet &
CW 22 - SG 86 - ST 77
40c Scarlet &
CW 23 - SG 87 - ST 78
50c Black &
CW 23a - SG 87 - ST 78
50c Black &
Deep Blue
CW 23b - SG 87 - ST 78
50c Black &
Pale Blue
CW 24 - SG 88 - ST 79
$1 Ultramarine &
CW 24a - SG 88 - ST 79
$1 Blue &
Deep Red-Purple
CW 25 - SG 89 - ST 80
$2 Green &
CW 26 - SG 90 - ST 81
$5 Green &
Deep Brown

This article was written to help you identify your stamps.
Please feel free to ask a question, or include a correction.

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