Malaysia Stamp & Philately Reference Guide


1867-1872 Watermark Crown CC

+ Issue Date     : 1867
+ Classification : Postage Stamp
+ Printer        : De La Rue & Co, Limited
+ Printing       : Typography
+ Paper          : White Woven Paper
+ Watermark      : Crown CC
+ Perforations   : 14
+ Separations    : Normal Perforations
+ Gum Type       : Gum
+ Shape          : Rectangular
+ Orientation    : Vertical
Stamps printed by De La Rue for the Settlements started arriving in December 1867.

The design consisted of the Queen’s head within a double circle or rectangle enclosed within a frame, inscribed “STRAITS SETTLEMENTS POSTAGE”, with different ornaments in each corner, the values appearing in letters or numerals at the base.. The set of nine values, 2c to 96c, appeared gradually, with the 30c value not being issued until 1872.

There were 240 stamps to a sheet – four panes of 60 arranged in rows of six by ten. For the earlier printings the gum used was yellow, but later issues bore a white gum.