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Japanese Occupation in Malaya – Imperforate Stamp – 2 Cents
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GENERAL INFORMATION
State
Japanese Occupation
Country
Malaya
Type
Stamp (Single)
Class
Occupation - Regular Issues
Front Inscription
大日本帝国郵便 ♦ マライ ♦ 2 セント ♦ 2 CENT
Face Value
2 cent
Gum
No Gum
Dimension
44 × 26 mm
Perforation Type
Imperforate
IN COLLECTION CONDITION
Preliminary
Normal
Condition
Used With Postmark - Extra Fine
CATALOG INFORMATION
N30
Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalog
J314
Standard Stamp Catalog of Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei
Japanese Occupation in Malaya – Imperforate Stamp – 2 Cents
General Pictorial Issue – Tropical Malayan Fruits and Fronds
  • Pale emerald
  • Unwatermarked
  • Lithoraphy?
  • Imperforated

Only partially postmark can be read, showing the year 2605 (1945).

Chinese character identified as part of the postmark symbol:  南 
Read as Nán, probably part of Sho-Nan (Singapore)

On the right side of the stamp, showing number 3, could be row number.

At top: 大日本帝国郵便 - Imperial Japanese Posts
At bottom middle: マライ - Malaya
At bottom left: 2 セント
At bottom right: 2 Cent

Singapore printings of 2 cents and 4 cents are known with poor quality impressions, as if the plate was worn and the ink was thin. These are known imperforate or with rouletting instead of perforations.

It is possible towards the end of the war, with transport between the East Indies and Malaya getting difficult, that the printing plates for the 2 cents and 4 cents were moved from Batavia to Singapore. A single transfer of plates, thereby avoiding the need to send bales of printed stamps. In this scenario, only the 2 cents and 4 cents were printed as in multiples they would cover most postal requirements. Perhaps they were printed at the Singapore printings works, but as no perforating machines were available there, they were rouletted or left imperforate. If this scenario is true, it must have taken place about July or August 1945.

Japanese Occupation of Malaya, the Pictorial Issues written by Susan McEwen. Published by Malaya Study Group G.S.M April 2009.
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