Malaya - Trengganu State
1949 Definitive Issues

Updated - September, 2018

Trengganu State lies on the East coast of the Malay Peninsula. British influence began in 1910 when a treaty was signed in Singapore putting Trengganu under the protection of Great Britain.

Stamps from Trengganu initially were issued beginning in 1910 featuring the portrait of Sultan Zain-ul ab Din. These stamps were overprinted for a Red Cross issue and later for the Malaya-Borneo Exhibition. Ultimately they were replaced with a new issue with the portrait of his successor Sultan Suleiman beginning in 1921. Various versions of the 1921 set were used until 1941 when Malaya was overrun by Japan during World War II. After the war Straits Settlements stamps overprinted BMA (British Military Administration) were used until a replacement set was issued in 1949.

The 1949 set features the a new image of Sultan Ismail, 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 nine 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, and $1 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 25 - SG 67 - ST 53
1c Black
CW 26 - SG 68 - ST 54
2c Orange
CW 27 - SG 69 - ST 55
3c Green
CW 28 - SG 70 - ST 56
4c Brown
CW 28a - SG 70 - ST 56
4c Chocolate
CW 28b - SG 70 - ST 56
4c Pale Brown
CW 40 - SG 71 - ST 68
5c Magenta
CW 40a - SG 71 - ST 68
5c Bright Magenta
CW 29 - SG 72 - ST 57
6c Greenish-Grey
CW 29a - SG 72 - ST 57
6c Pale Grey
CW 30 - SG 73 - ST 58
8c Scarlet
CW 41 - SG 74 - ST 69
8c Yellow-Green
CW 41a - SG 74a - ST 69
8c Green
CW 31 - SG 75 - ST 59
10c Deep Red-Purple
CW 31a - SG 75 - ST 59
10c Red-Purple
CW 31b - SG 75 - ST 59
10c Pale Purple
CW 42 - SG 76 - ST 70
12c Scarlet
CW 32 - SG 77 - ST 60
15c Bright Ultramarine
CW 33 - SG 78 - ST 61
20c Black &
CW 43- SG 79 - ST 71
20c Blue
CW 34 - SG 80 - ST 62
25c Red-Purple &
CW 44 - SG 81 - ST 72
30c Scarlet &
Deep Red-Purple
CW 44a - SG 81 - ST 72
30c Scarlet &
CW 45 - SG 82 - ST 73
35c Scarlet &
CW 35 - SG 83 - ST 63
40c Scarlet &
CW 36 - SG 84 - ST 64
50c Black &
CW 36a - SG 84 - ST 64
50c Black &
  CW 37 - SG 85 - ST 65
$1 Ultramarine &
Deep Red-Purple
CW 37a - SG 85 - ST 65
$1 Blue &
  CW 38 - SG 86 - ST 66
$2 Green &
CW 39 - SG 87 - ST 67
$5 Green &
Deep Brown

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