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Kedah - Postal Stationery 1 Cent (1912)
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21-September-2012 09:08:37 AM
12-February-2014 08:09:33 PM
GENERAL INFORMATION
State
Kedah
Country
British Malaya
Type
Postcard
Class
Postal Stationery
Front Inscription
STATE OF KEDAH | POST CARD
Face Value
1 Cent
Issued Date
1912
Printer
De La Rue & Co, Limited (UK)
Gum
No Gum
Dimension
121 × 74 mm
IN COLLECTION CONDITION
Preliminary
Normal
Condition
Mint Never Hinged - Very Fine
CATALOG INFORMATION
1
Higgins & Gage World Postal Stationery Catalog
PE.PC1(A)
Standard Catalog of Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei
Kedah - Postal Stationery 1 Cent (1912)
Kedah Postal Stationery with 1 cent Postal Prepaid

Postal Stationery

A piece of postal stationery is a stationery item, such as a stamped envelope, letter sheet, postal card, lettercard, aerogram or wrapper, with an imprinted stamp or inscription indicating that a specific rate of postage or related service has been prepaid. It does not, however, include any postcard without a pre-printed stamp.

Postal cards are postal stationery and have a printed or embossed indicium and are sold by governmental postal authorities. Some of the forms taken by postal cards include the regular single card, the attached message-reply cards, airmail postal cards, and official postal cards used for official government business with a "penalty for private use". Postcards, on the other hand, is a term used to designate cards prepared by private companies that do not have prepaid franking and readily available at commercial outlets. They are frequently illustrated with pictures or printed advertisements. They are generally not considered postal stationery.

Front Side

The image of the stamp appears to be A1 - Sheaf of Rice1.

The text and indicium2 are in green.

The indicium2 shows the value of 1 cent.

Text that appears on the card:

STATE OF KEDAH
POST CARD
THE ADDRESS ONLY TO BE WRITTEN ON THIS SIDE


Whilst on the image of the stamp:

قدح
1c
KEDAH
POSTAGE & REVENUE
فوس دان حصيل


Modern Jawi spelling is:

ڤوس دان حاصيل

The size of the postcard is: 121 x 74 mm
The size of the indicium is: 19 x 22 mm

Back Side

On the backside, there was a mark with purple ink and a tear that was repaired with white sellotape. Time of incidents were unknown, but from the stain on the sellotape, it has to be quite sometime before I acquire it.

Currency & State

If Kedah currency, during this time has been using Straits Settlements coinage, then it will be based on Spanish American Dollar, where $1 = 100 cents.

Interchangably in contemporary Malaya, in Malay the Dollar was known as Ringgit whilst cent was known as sen.

During this time, Kedah was an independant state but with indirect British influence with Sir William George Maxwell (1909-1915, 1918-1919) as the first British adviser to the Sultan.

Information / Discussion

The card's sign of age is very evident. Probably from tropical climate or was not properly stored by previous owner.

More information needed about the printer, method of printing.

Should I keep the sellotape, or remove it for long term prospect?

Catalog

PE PC1 Sheaf of Rice
1. Green (a)
Standard Catalog of Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei - Revenue Stamps & Postal Stationery.



1. Page 696, Scott's Catalog, Vol 4 (2009)
2. 
indicium - An indication, sign, or token - specifically, the stamp on mail indicating paid postage.
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