Malaya - Selangor State
1949 Definitive Issues

Updated - September, 2018

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 1949 set features the a new image of Sultan Alam Shah, 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 eight years the set was printed. As many as ten printings of many 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, 6c, 10c, 25c, 50c, $1, $2, and $5 values.

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 8 - SG 90 - ST 80
1c Black
CW 9 - SG 91 - ST 81
2c Orange
CW 10 - SG 92 - ST 82
3c Green
CW 11 - SG 93 - ST 83
4c Brown
CW 11a - SG 93 - ST 83
4c Deep Brown
CW 23 - SG 94 - ST 95
5c Magenta
CW 23a - SG 94a - ST 95
5c Bright Magenta
CW 12 - SG 95 - ST 84
6c Grey
CW 12a - SG 95 - ST 84
6c Light Grey
CW 12b - SG 95 - ST 84
6c Greenish-Grey
CW 13 - SG 96 - ST 85
8c Scarlet
CW 24 - SG 97 - ST 96
8c Green
CW 24a - SG 97 - ST 96
8c Deep Green
CW 14 - SG 98 - ST 86
10c Red-Purple
CW 14a - SG 98 - ST 86
10c Deep Red-Purple
CW 14b - SG 98 - ST 86
10c Claret
CW 25 - SG 99 - ST 97
12c Scarlet
CW 15 - SG 100 - ST 87
15c Bright Ultramarine
CW 16 - SG 101 - ST 88
20c Black &
CW 26 - SG 102 - ST 98
20c Blue
CW 17 - SG 103 - ST 89
25c Red-Purple &
CW 27 - SG 104 - ST 99
30c Scarlet &
Deep Red-Purple
CW 28 - SG 105 - ST 100
35c Scarlet &
CW 18 - SG 106 - ST 90
40c Scarlet &
CW 19 - SG 107 - ST 91
50c Black &
CW 19a - SG 107 - ST 91
50c Black &
CW 20 - SG 108 - ST 92
$1 Ultramarine &
CW 20a - SG 108 - ST 92
$1 Ultramarine &
Deep Red-Purple
  CW 21 - SG 109 - ST 93
$2 Green &
CW 22 - SG 110 - ST 94
$5 Green &
Deep Brown

This article was written to help you identify your stamps.
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Malaya-Selangor Stamps for sale based on the identification from this article.
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