Malaya - Malacca State
1949 Definitive Issues

Updated - May, 2018

Malacca State is located in the Southern Region of the Malay Peninsula bordering the Strait of Malacca and next to Negri Sembilan and Johore. Originally a Dutch Colony, it passed under British rule in 1824. Prior to the issuance of stamps in 1949, Straits Settlements stamps were used.

The 1949 set featured the image of King George VI, 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 four years the set was printed. This set was replaced by an identical version featuring the image of Queen Elizabeth II in 1954.

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. 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 1 - SG 3 - ST 3
1c Black
CW 2 - SG 4 - ST 4
2c Orange
CW 3 - SG 5 - ST 5
3c Green
CW 4 - SG 6 - ST 6
4c Brown
CW 16 - SG 6a - ST 22
5c Magenta
CW 16a - SG 6a - ST 22
5c Purple
CW 5 - SG 7 - ST
6c Greenish-Grey
CW 6 - SG 8 - ST 8
8c Scarlet
CW 17 - SG 8a - ST 23
8c Green
CW 7 - SG 9 - ST 9
10c Red-Purple
CW 18 - SG 9a - ST 24
12c Scarlet
CW 8 - SG 10 - ST 10
15c Bright Ultramarine
CW 9 - SG 11 - ST 11
20c Black &
CW 19 - SG 11a - ST 25
20c Blue
CW 10 - SG 12 - ST 12
25c Deep Red-Purple &
CW 10a - SG 12 - ST 12
25c Bright Red-Purple &
CW 20 - SG 12a - ST 26
35c Scarlet &
CW 11 - SG 13 - ST 13
40c Scarlet &
CW 12 - SG 14 - ST 14
50c Black &
CW 12a - SG 14 - ST 14
50c Black &
CW 13 - SG 15 - ST 15
$1 Blue &
Deep Red-Purple
CW 13a - SG 15 - ST 15
$1 Light Blue &
CW 14 - SG 16 - ST 16
$2 Green &
CW 15 - SG 17 - ST 17
$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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Malaya-Malacca Stamps for sale based on the identification from this article.
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