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Tuesday, February 15, 2022

 Hello,  now let’s  look at another State, this time Malacca.

Malacca was one of the Straits Settlements that joined the Federation of Malay in 1948. The capital is Malacca City and it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The history of the State makes for interesting reading I think.    Enjoy it if you have the time. This is one places on my bucket list of places to visit one day.  Conveniently situated between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

This first stamp is appropriately enough from the Straits Settlement issued in 1952 and  inscribed Malacca instead of Straits Settlements

This second stamp is the same Straits Settlement stamp, issued in 1955 and as you can see with the portrait of QE II. Notice how she is looking to the left whereas GVI was presented looking to the right.  This does not happen by accident, and is in fact based on a tradition associated with the way the monarchs profile faces on coins.

Since the time of Charles II tradition has dictated the monarchs profile on coins alternates with each new monarch and this has been carried forward with the issue of stamps.  So with GVI facing right it means, as tradition was followed, the portrait of QE II would be to the left, as generally it is.  I should note there are a few exceptions on more modern GB stamps.

This third stamp, issued in 1957, is perhaps just what you expected. Yes the same design we have seen before, and with the portrait of QE II now in place of a Sultan. 

Enjoy your stamps   Michael

and  with thanks to my friend at  British Commonwealth Album  here   -  and you might enjoy a visit to his online store  the Used Stamp Collector here.


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