Herpetological Material in Philately Issued from Malaysia

Indraneil Das


Philatelic and other postal products on herpetological themes from Malaysia are inventoried. These include postage stamps, cancellation marks, stamp booklets, folders, annual stamp albums and aerogram. North Borneo and Labuan, both British colonies that eventually became part of the Federation of Malaysia, can be credited with producing the world’s first stamps showing a recognizable species of reptiles (Crocodylus porosus), in the year 1894, under what is now referred to as the first pictorial definitive series. The independent state of Sarawak, during its time under the British sovereign, too produced a turtle stamp (depicting Chelonia mydas). Modern issues of Malaysia, under Pos Malaysia’s stamp issuing program, continue (since 1972) to issue stamps on a variety of topics, and has, over the years, produced a number of stamps and other postal products, featuring turtles, snakes, lizards and crocodiles that occur in the country.


Malaysia; philately; stamps; cancellations; amphibians; reptiles

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.30906/1026-2296-2014-21-1-13-39


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