Malaya - Selangor State
1935 Definitive Issues

Updated - August, 2018
   
Sultan Suleiman Sultan Alam Shah  
 
Thanks to Barry Moerke and an anonymous donor for help with this site.
 

Selangor State lies on the West coast of the Malay Peninsula. British influence began in 1874 when Sultan Abdulsamad signed over control to the Governor of the Straits Settlements after numerous problems with piracy, robbery, battle and murder.

Stamps from Selangor initially were overprinted Straits Settlements stamps which were issued beginning in 1881. Numerous states of the overprint exist and can form a very interesting study. In 1892, specific stamps were issued which used the keyplates used by the other Malay States featuring a sideways tiger, and later a front facing tiger. Numerous overprints were created to deal with shortages as they occurred. The 1935 set features the image of a mosque for the values up to 50c and Sultan Suleiman for the higher values. The Sultan died in 1938, so his portrait was replaced with the portrait of his successor Sultan Alam Shah beginning in 1940.

The key to identifying the varieties found in this set of stamps lies in the paper types, sorting a few color variations on the 3c, 15c and 50c values, and one perforation difference for the 2c Orange. There were three types used: Chalk Paper was used for the original printings in 1935, Ordinary (also called Substitute) Paper was used for a couple of printings in 1941, and Thin Striated Paper was used also in 1941. The Japanese invaded Malaya in December, 1941, so some stamps were never issued. This includes the 8c Red and the new $5 value with the portrait of Sultan Alam Shah. Subsequently the stock of stamps was overprinted for use during the occupation.

Identifying the paper types is fairly easy if you have something to compare. Luckily most of the stamps were printed on chalk paper, so use any of the chalk paper printings as a comparison. I place the stamps on black paper under a strong light to compare them. The chalk papers will look thick compared to the other two papers when seen from the back. Use the 2c Orange as a comparison for the Ordinary Paper, and the 25c or the 30c if you can find them as a comparison for the Striated Paper issues. (They are fairly common compared to many striated paper issues.) Look for the subtle lines on the back of the stamp to identify the Striated paper.

Unlike modern stamps which are issued in the millions, definitive sets from this time period were issued very conservatively. I do not have the quantity printed, but would be interested in adding this information to this page if a fellow collector provides it.

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, descriptions, and dates 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 revenue stamp listings are from British Commonwealth Revenues by J. Barefoot and A. Hall. My copy was published in 1990, but there are newer versions available. 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 X1 - SG 68 - ST 45
1c Black
Chalk Paper
CW X1a - SG 68 - ST 45
1c Black
Thin Striated Paper
May only exist with
Japanese Overprint
CW X2 - SG 69 - ST 46
2c Green
Chalk Paper
     
CW 1 - SG 70 - ST 46A
2c Orange
Substitute Paper
Perf 14 x 14.5
CW 2 - SG 70a - ST 46A
2c Orange
Substitute Paper
Perf 13.75 x 14
CW 3 - SG 71 - ST 46B
3c Green
Substitute Paper
     
CW 3a - SG 71 - ST 46B
3c Blue-Green
Substitute Paper
CW 3b - SG 71a - ST 46B
3c Green
Thin Striated Paper
CW X3 - SG 72 - ST 47
4c Orange
Chalk Paper
     
CW X4 - SG 73 - ST 48
5c Brown
Chalk Paper
CW 4 - SG 74 - ST 49
6c Red
Chalk Paper
CW X5 - SG 75 - ST 50
8c Grey
Chalk Paper
     

 

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CW NL - SG NL - ST NL
8c Red
Never Issued
CW X6 - SG 76 - ST 51
10c Purple
Chalk Paper
CW X6 - SG 76 - ST 51
10c Purple
Thin Striated Paper
May only exist with
Japanese Overprint
     
CW X7 - SG 77 - ST 52
12c Blue
Chalk Paper
CW 5 - SG 78 - ST 52A
15c Ultramarine
Substitute Paper
CW 5a - SG 78 - ST 52A
15c Dark Ultramarine
Substitute Paper
     
CW X8 - SG 79 - ST 53
25c Purple &
Scarlet
Chalk Paper
CW X8a - SG 79a - ST 53
25c Purple &
Scarlet
Thin Striated Paper
CW X9 - SG 80 - ST 54
30c Purple &
Orange
Chalk Paper
     
CW X9a - SG 80a - ST 54
30c Purple &
Orange
Thin Striated Paper
CW X10 - SG 81 - ST 55
40c Scarlet &
Purple
Chalk Paper
CW X11 - SG 82 - ST 56
50c Black
Emerald Chalk Paper
     

 

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CW X11a - SG 82 - ST 56
50c Grey-Black
Green Chalk Paper
CW X12 - SG 83 - ST 57
$1 Black &
Deep Red
Blue Chalk Paper
CW 12a - SG 83 - ST 57
$1 Black &
Red
Blue Chalk Paper
     
CW 6 - SG 86 - ST 72
$1 Black &
Scarlet
Chalk Paper
CW X13 - SG 84 - ST 58
$2 Green &
Scarlet
Chalk Paper
CW 7 - SG 87 - ST 73
$2 Green &
Crimson
Chalk Paper
       
   
  CW X14 - SG 85 - ST 59
$5 Green &
Red
Green Chalk Paper
CW NL - SG - ST NL
$5 Green &
Carmine
Green Chalk Paper
Never Issued
 
       
Revenue Stamps

 

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BH 35
$25 Carmine &
Brown
BH 36
$100 Blue &
Purple
BH 37
$250 Black &
Green
       

This article was written to help you identify your stamps.
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