The popular Butterflies definitive issue of Malaysia fluttered into life in 1970 with a set of eight higher value stamps of between 25c. and $10. These were used throughout Malaysia, the intention being that the individual States – Johore, Kedah, Kelantan, Malacca, Negri Sembilan, Pahang, Penang and Perak would be provided with a set of seven low value stamps of between 1c. and 20c. and as these would be more likely to be used on local mail.
Initially printed by Bradbury Wilkinson, the contract to print the Federal stamps passed to Harrison and Sons in 1976. Unlike the Federal issue, however, the change of printer resulted in a change of process, from lithography to photgravure. Traditionally, the original lithography printings of each of the various States issues have been easily obtainable in unmounted mint condition, although prices have started to firm slightly over the last few years. They were distributed as new issues and can also be found on locally prepared first day covers. Used sets are not quite as easy to come by.
This selection is extracted from Nimrod’s monthly column in Gibbons Stamp Monthly. You can buy your online subscription here.