North Borneo
1950 Definitive Set

Updated - November, 2018
Identifying the New Borneo 1950 Definitive Set issues is very simple. There is only one listed color shade, and one spelling change for the 50c values. The set was created to replace the North Borneo issues that date back to 1939.
The stamps were printed by Harrison & Sons. They also printed the Mauritius second set, Seychelles, and Virgin Islands first set. You will notice that all of these sets were printed on paper that is different from the other Colony sets. This is especially true for hinged stamps. It is very difficult to remove hinges from any of these stamps.
The 50c value was originally printed with the wrong spelling for Jesselton. This was later corrected to Jesselton. See the enlarged spellings below:
CW 58 - Original Die - Jesselton misspelled - Jessleton
CW 59 - Redrawn Die - Jessleton corrected

Unlike modern stamps which are issued in the millions, definitive sets from this time period were issued very conservatively. I do not have the print quantities for these issues. Please feel free to supply the quantities if you have them.

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). You can access the publishers using the "Links to British Colonial Stamp Sites" at the bottom of this page.

The images were saved in a larger size and at a higher resolution so you can more easily see the details used in sorting them. Please be patient if it takes a few minutes for this page to load. Although the two high values were issued first, the stamps are shown in value order below.

CW 48 - SG 356 - ST 244
1c Lake-Brown
CW 49 - SG 357 - ST 245
2c Grey-Blue
CW 50 - SG 358 - ST 246
3c Green
CW 51 - SG 359 - ST 247
4c Purple-Magenta
CW 52 - SG 360 - ST 248
5c Purple-Violet
CW 53 - SG 361 - ST 249
8c Red-Scarlet
CW 54 - SG 362 - ST 250
10c Purple-Brown
CW 55 - SG 363 - ST 251
15c Bright Ultramarine
CW 55a - SG 363 - ST 251
15c Blue
CW 56 - SG 364 - ST 252
20c Grey-Brown
CW 57 - SG 365 - ST 253
30c Bistre-Brown
CW 58 - SG 366 - ST 254
50c Carmine-Lake
CW 59 - SG 366a - ST 259
50c Carmine-Lake
CW 60 - SG 367 - ST 255
$1 Red-Orange
CW 61 - SG 368 - ST 256
$2 Grey-Green
CW 62 - SG 369 - ST 257
$5 Emerald-Green
CW 63 - SG 370 - ST 258
$5 Mineral Blue

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