Monday, March 31, 2008

Brunei's Highest Value Miniature Sheet 1996

In 1996 when His Majesty celebrated his 50th birthday, our Postal Services issued Brunei's highest face value stamps ever. Five stamps in a miniature sheet each with a face value of $50 per stamp was issued. The miniature sheet was sold at $250 in a framed cover. This remained the most expensive face value item that the Postal Services had issued in its entire history (though in 2006, the postal services issued a $60 stamp to commemorate His Majesty's 60th birthday).

That miniature sheet now has a catalogue value of some $1,000 and almost impossible to find. I managed to find one - the last one in this particular philatelic agency I went to - and luckily not at the full catalogue value. According to the agency that sold it to me, it bought 10 in 1996 and only managed to sell all 10 in the period of about 12 years. This sheet must not be that popular because of the expensive cost.

Anyway, I have the feeling that not many have seen it and since it is quite attractive and not to mention an unusual piece of Brunei's history both philatelically and otherwise, I thought I will post it up here so that everyone can look at it.


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HelioCourvoisier said...

I am collecting all issues made by the famous printers Hélio Courvoisier in Switzerland, which - unfortunately - had to close down in 2001 due to a lack of orders. The Brunei Sheet, of which only 1000 items were made, is naturally missing in my collection. I am wondering, if you could provide me a sharper image of your Sheet. You can overprint it with "COPY". So I could annex it to my large Courvoisier-Collection.
Best Regards and many thanks in advance.

Werner Wüthrich
Tisliacherstrasse 5
8320 Fehraltorf, Switzerland

Rozan Yunos said...

I can do that. I would also like to know more about the printer Hélio Courvoisier in Switzerland. Perhaps we can exchange the information. My email is admin(at)

HelioCourvoisier said...

Dear Rozan

I request you, to remove my comment dated January 31,2009 due to missing fulfilement of your promise dated February 5, 2009.

BRUNEI resources said...

Sorry, I overlook your request. Do you still want it?

By the way, you can remove your own comments.

steve said...


I got one each of $60 sheet & the $40 sheet without the serial number overprint.

Is there & why is there 2 version with & without an serial overprint ?