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Straits Settlements - King George VI's Coronation (1937)
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GENERAL INFORMATION
Country
Straits Settlements
Type
Stamp (Complete Set)
Class
Commemorative
Front Inscription
12TH MAY 1937. STRAITS SETTLEMENTS MALAYA
Issued Date
12/05/1937
Printer
De La Rue & Co, Limited
Printing Method
Engraved
Gum
Gum
Watermark
Multiple Script CA
Perforation Gauge
13½ x 14
Perforation Type
Normal Perforations
IN COLLECTION CONDITION
Preliminary
Normal
Condition
Mint Never Hinged - Fine
CATALOG INFORMATION
SPMSS.257
Exonumi Stamp Catalog
SPMSS.258
Exonumi Stamp Catalog
SPMSS.259
Exonumi Stamp Catalog
275
Gibbons Stamp Catalogue Commonwealth & British Empire Stamps (1840-1952)
276
Gibbons Stamp Catalogue Commonwealth & British Empire Stamps (1840-1952)
277
Gibbons Stamp Catalogue Commonwealth & British Empire Stamps (1840-1952)
235
Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalog
236
Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalog
237
Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalog
Straits Settlements - King George VI's Coronation (1937)
It is 11th December 1936.  After months of speculation and controversy, King Edward VIII renounces the throne in an historic radio address from Windsor Castle.
 
…And now, we all have a new King.  I wish him and you, his people, happiness and prosperity with all my heart.  God bless you all!  God save the King!

As the closing lines of his abdication speech reverberate around the world, Edward’s younger brother, the Duke of York, is reluctantly thrust into the limelight as the new King of Great Britain and her Empire. 

The Coronation was to be held in Westminster Abbey on 12th May 1937, the date previously agreed for that of Edward’s.  The decision to keep this date meant much less time was available to organise these commemorative stamp issues with the participating colonies, making this collection all the more impressive.

47 issuing countries spread across the farthest reaches of the Commonwealth were co-ordinated by the Crown Agents’ office in London, which ultimately produced 141 stamps. 

Each issue featured a total of three denominations.  Each stamp showing a portrait of King George VI & Queen Elizabeth, together with the Royal Symbols and the date 12th May 1937.  The name of each participating territory, together with the value tablets was also included.
 
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