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Federated Malay States

Federation of Malaya

1st January 1900,
1 February 1948

Malayan States 7

FedMalSta
  1900 Sc1-6, Sc7-12 §  

perf 14, wmk
Printed by De La Rue

Description   Scott SG Mi Y&T  
Stamps of Negri Sembilan overprinted
1 cent lilac and green   1 1      
2c lilac and brown   2 2      
3c lilac and black   3 3      
5c lilac and olive   4 4      
10c lilac and orange   5 5      
20 green and olive   6 6      
25c green and carmine-rose   7 7      
50c green and black   8 8      
Stamps of Perak overprinted
5c lilac and olive   9 9      
10c lilac and orange   10 10      
$1 green and light green   11 11      
$2 green and carmine-rose   12 12      
$5 green and ultra   13 13      
$25 green and orange   13a 14      

Scott Sc1-10 have the Crown CA watermark, Sc11-13a Crrown CC.
The spaces between characters are wider on the $ denominations (Sc11-13a) than on Sc1-10.
§ Sc8 is omitted as this is significantly more expensive than the stamps shown.

In July 1896, the States of Negri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak and Selangor became the Federated Malay States. They continued to issue their own stamps until 1900, then used stamps of the Federation until 1935 when individual issues were resumed.

As with the Scott catalogue [1], the BMA overprints are included in Straits Settlements.

MalPo Un D1
Mal Fed SG1
Malayan Postal Union
Malayan Federation
1938 Sc-J7 SG-D1 1957 Sc80 SG1

Post due labels inscribed Malayan Postal Union were issued in 1936 for use in the Federation and Straits Settlements. Scott lists these under the Federation, after a set of post dues inscribed Federated Malay States, hence Sc-J7. Note that the set of six was issued over 1936-38, J8-11 in 1936 and J7, J12 in 1938.

The Malayan Federation, formed in 1948 comprised the states of Johore, Pahang, Negri Sembilan, Selangor, Perak, Kedah, Perlis, Kelantan and Trengganu and the settlements of Penang and Malacca. Malaya joined the Federation of Malaysia in 1963. Scott numbers contiguously from one federation to the other, while Gibbons stats again at #1