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British Commonwealth Stamps  »  North Borneo and Labuan

North Borneo was a British protectorate under the sovereign North Borneo Chartered Company from 1882-1946.

After the war it became a crown colony of the United Kingdom from 1946-1963, known in this time as British North Borneo. It is located on the northeastern end of the island of Borneo.

Initially, mail from North Borneo was sent via Labuan or Singapore, using postage stamps of the Straits Settlements. The company issued its own stamps in March 1883, using a design incorporating the coat of arms (a dhow and a lion), inscribed "NORTH BORNEO", and with the value written in English, Arabic, and Chinese. Initial values included 2c, 4c, and 8c, followed by large 50c and $1 stamps of a more elaborate design with the arms flanked by two natives.

In 1886 1/2c, 1c, and 10c values were added, and there was a demand for 3c and 5c stamps, resolved by overprinting existing types. At the same time, the printers (Blades, East, and Blades of London) produced a new design, largely the same but inscribed "BRITISH NORTH BORNEO", and joined by 25c and $2 values, also with elaborate frames. The stamps were redesigned again in 1888, to say "POSTAGE & REVENUE" instead of just "POSTAGE", at which time the 25c to $2 values also received minor changes. These were followed up in 1889 by even larger and more elaborate $5 and $10 stamps.

Shortages in 1890, 1891, and 1892 necessitated more surcharges.

In 1894, the protectorate issued a new definitive series engraved by Waterlow and Sons, comprising nine pictorials featuring natives plants, animals, and scenes, and inscribed "STATE OF NORTH BORNEO".


British Commonwealth Stamps  »  North Borneo and Labuan
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North Borneo 1961 5 Emerald Maroon SG405 Fine Very Lightly Mtd Mint
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Sabah 1964 set of 16 SG408-425 V.F MNH
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North Borneo 1947 Crown Colony set of 15 SG335-349 V.F MNH
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