Friday, August 16, 2013
This is probably the most wanted of all Brunei stamps. Valued at five digit, not many can be found and many are fakes. I bought this a few weeks ago and it has just arrived. Honestly I am not even sure whether this is a fake or otherwise but judging by the price, it would not be an original. But if you do pay a lot higher how would you know it is not a fake? I have seen some of the authentication and I am not convinced either. So caveat emptor. Buy and pay at your own peril.
Friday, August 2, 2013
Continuing on the Sarawak stamps. This set is the third series of stamps that Sarawak issued. These were issued in 1875, a full 20 years before Brunei's first issuance in 1895.
The first two series were single issues but this issue was multiple calues of 2c, 4c, 6c, 8c and 12c. This set complements the second series of 3c which was issued four years earlier in 1871. According to some catalogues, the second series 3c were also overprinted 2c, so there were some need for smaller value stamps before this series was produced. This series was in use for around 13 years before a fourth series was issued in 1888.
Thursday, August 1, 2013
I wanted to win this but I failed to realise the intense competition. This eventually sold for around GBP48.
Historically and philately, if there is such a word, this a very important stamp and postmark. Muara up to 1921 was administered by the Brookes. This include the postal service using stamps from Sarawak. Sometime before 1921 the Brunei postal service started there. So this postmark showed that at least by 1914, Sarawak stamps were no longer in use in Muara.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Continuing my story on my collection of Sarawak stamps, this is the second issue of Sarawak's stamps. This one was issued in 1871. Again the catalogue value for this is very low and is easily obtainable nowadays on the internet. So, if you want to start collecting Sarawak's stamps, it is not very difficult to start.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
A few years ago, one stamp seller who I had bought some items on the internet contacted me. Apparently he had to undergo a heart operation and needed the money and he wanted to sell his collection to someone who will be more than willing to take care of his collection as he says he is already too old. He offered them to me and I bought them, mostly Sarawak stamps. I had kept them aside and never really looked at them properly. Recently I had a look and among the stamps were early Sarawak stamps including this first ever Sarawak stamp issued in 1869. The catalogue value is about $100 for a mint and about $500 for a used one.
Monday, July 29, 2013
I spent the long weekend taking off used stamps from envelopes the usual wet water technique. I have a lot of used stamps collected from all the envelopes from purchases I have made from ebay throughout the years and also from other envelopes which my wife had collected when she was still with the government. I found these two stamps valued at $10 each. These stamps are part of the 1996 definitive series issued in October 1996.
I checked against the catalogue and was pleasantly surprised that these stamps despite being used is still valued at $10 a piece. It is worthwhile also now to look for used stamps as their values will appreciate over time.
Monday, July 15, 2013
This Myanmar currency note series was the first and only one issued by The People's Bank of Burma in 1965. There are only four notes of the series. The 1 Kyat, the 5 Kyat, the 10 Kyat and the 20 Kyat. The previous issue was demonetized.
The obverse or front of this 20 Kyat note is the famous General Aung Sang while the back has a portrait of a Burmese farmer on a cultivating tractor. This note was not available in Vientianne. I had to go hunt on ebay for it.