Jesselton was the old name for Kota Kinabalu. Jesselton took over as the capital of North Borneo (present day Sabah) from Sandakan after the Second World War. Here are some covers cancelled on the first day of issue in Jesselton and other towns in North Borneo.
01 January 1939: Definitive Issue
17 December 1945: BMA Overprint Definitive
01 September 1947: Cypher Overprint Definitive
15 December 1947: Cypher Overprint Definitive
22 December 1947: Cypher Overprint Definitive
01 November 1948: Royal Silver Wedding
10 October 1949: 75th Anniversary of Universal Postal Union
This is a nice FDC cancelled in Sandakan.
01 July 1950: King George VI Definitive
This issue is interesting in that the 50 cents stamp has the word “Jesselton” spelt wrongly as “Jessleton”. This was only corrected later on with another re-issue of the 50 cents stamp with the correct spelling of “Jesselton”.
01 May 1952: King George VI Definitive
This FDC was cancelled in Sandakan. This issue is a correction for the word “Jesselton” from “Jessleton”.
03 June 1953: Coronation of H. M. Queen Elizabeth II
The first day of issue was supposed to be on 02 June 1953. However it was a special holiday for North Borneo, thus FDCs were only issued on 03 June 1953.
01 March 1954: Queen Elizabeth II Definitive
This definitive issue is quite hard to collect as it was issued in stages. The first definitive (10 cents) to be issued was on 01 March 1954 and the last definitive to be issued was on 01 February 1957 (3 cents, $5 and $10)!
01 July 1954: Queen Elizabeth II Definitive
03 August 1954: Queen Elizabeth II Definitive
01 October 1954: Queen Elizabeth II Definitive
01 April 1955: Queen Elizabeth II Definitive
16 May 1955: Queen Elizabeth II Definitive
01 October 1955: Queen Elizabeth II Definitive
10 February 1956: Queen Elizabeth II Definitive
01 June 1956: Queen Elizabeth II Definitive
01 November 1956: 75th Anniversary of the Royal Charter of North Borneo
01 February 1957: Queen Elizabeth II Definitive
01 February 1961: Queen Elizabeth II Definitive
04 June 1963: Freedom from Hunger
I am not an expert in North Borneo. One particular website that I enjoy reading about North Borneo is North Borneo Stamps. The site has very in-depth information on North Borneo philately.
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Hi There, I have few North Borneo Stamp and Malaya before and after Independence Day, and rare First Day Cover of 1st Malaya Independence Day Stamp. wish you could assist me on how to determine the price of the stamp. thanks
Just email the pictures (front and back) to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will try and give an estimate.
is the picture cover for sale?
The pictures on this site are my collection. If I have a spare, I can sell.
Please advise which picture?
the borneo cover 1961 set for sale?
Sorry, it is my personal collection.
Is the 1 Nov 1956, 75 year Royal Charter for sell?
My apologies, I do not have spares at the moment.