Finally the last issue of the year is confirmed! It will be the State Definitives featuring Wild Orchids. The date of issue is 04 December 2018. The issue will comprise of only Miniature Sheets. There are no full sheets of 100s nor SODA smaller sheets of 20s this time.
- Perforated Miniature Sheets: RM 1.55 (14 states)
- Imperforated Miniature Sheets: RM 5.00 (14 states)
- Empty folder: RM 8.00
- Blank envelopes: 50 sen
This complements the National Definitive issued on 21 February 2017: https://myfdc.me/2017/02/26/orchid-hunting/
This does throw a conundrum into the Federal Territory Garden Flowers Definitive with Micro text printing…. how long will the Garden Flowers survive? When will the state Wild Orchids grow in the local post offices?
Will we even get 14 state cancellations in the Philatelic Bureaus or will it be SODA Order Form again?
You better bookmark this article as the above gets answered… sooner or later…
Meanwhile, let me do some digging for the new plants.
Oh yes, the Wild Orchids were grown by Reign Associates (Mr KY Lim).
Pos Malaysia has clarified that:
- SODA regular order and Philatelic Bureau HQ (04 December 2018) will only get Kuala Lumpur cancellation.
- http://www.eziemall.com and SODA Mail Order will receive 14 states cancellations.
This has also been collaborated by a reader (Pei Yong): refer to comments below. Many thanks for sharing.
Updated 27 November 2018:
Here are the SODA Order Forms for the 14 States Definitive with matching state cancellations.
The next awaited issue is the Kelantan Garden Flowers Definitive. This will be released on 13 February 2018.
The denominations are 10 sen, 20 sen, 30 sen, 40 sen, 50 sen and 60 sen plus and imperforate Miniature Sheet of RM 5.00. The prices are before GST.
The quantities issued are:
- Stamps: 200,000 pieces
- Miniature Sheet: 25,000 pieces
- FDC: 28,000 pieces
The great news is that SODA members will get the Kota Bahru postmark in addition to the setenant strip! Those heading to the Kuala Lumpur Philatelic Bureau will still get the Kuala Lumpur cancellation (not the Kota Bahru cancellation).
The designer, Prof. Dato’ Raja Zahabuddin Raja Yaacob, is invited to the autograph session on the issue date.
Will the fishes come out on 30 January 2018? Yes!, that is the information that I received. However this time there was no media preview.
The issue will feature 3 stamps and a Miniature Sheet.
- 60 sen – Harlequin Rasbora
- 60 sen – Pearl Gourami
- 60 sen – Mahseer
- RM 5 – Golden Arowana with Gold Foil effect and die cut
- RM 6 – empty folders
All prices are before GST.
The designer company is World Comms.
- Stamps: 200,000 pieces for each design
- MS: 25,000 pieces
- Blank FDC: 30,000 pieces
- Empty folders: 2,000 pieces
Updated 31 January 2018:
Yesterday saw a good response but not the sell out response like the Working Dogs issue. The focus was on the Golden Arowana and it came out tops with the die cut and Gold Foil effect! Everyone gave their two thumbs up for the MS design. The stamps were just as stunning.
Here is the scene on the opening of the Philatelic Bureau:
Mr Shahrul Izhar, the designer from World Communications Network Resources, came early to autograph the various products.
In addition, Pos Malaysia gave out packets of ang pows (Red Packets) for purchases of RM 100.
This is a very nice gesture and hopefully more can enjoy this freeby.
Some matching locations for this issue are:
- Tanjung Sepat for the Mutiara Sepat
- Locations in Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and Sarawak for the Mahseer.
- Simpang Ampat (Semanggol, Perak) for the Golden Arowana which is bread around Bukit Merah.
How was the response in your location?
I guess most of us are back to our routines for a week by now. A lot can happen while you take a break and here is the “lot”:
(a) If you are keen to match your 2017 stamp issues with currencies and coins, Bank Negara Malaysia has opened an online ordering facility at: https://duit.bnm.gov.my/
The Installation of His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong XV Sultan Muhammad V Commemorative Coins will go well with this stamp issue:
(b) Philatelic Society of Malaysia (PSM) will be holding the first Stamp Fair for 2018 on 13 – 14 January 2018 at the PJ Library from 09:30 am to 05:30 pm. The stalls usually close by 04:00 pm, so do not come too late. Pos Malaysia usually brings many old stuff and they are always a hit for those looking for old gems at face value (plus GST of course).
(c) On 18 January 2018, the first issue of the year will feature Animal with Various Special Roles (Working Dogs) in conjunction with the Year of the Dog lunar issue. I will cover more on this issue later on.
(d) myfdc will hit half a million views by the middle of this year. I plan to run a simple quiz again and you are all welcome to take part. There will be prizes as usual for your participation.
Thank you all for reading. I wish you all the best this year and Happy Stamping!
The morning saw a beeline that stretched to the ATM machine at the end of the corridor. I am not sure if it was the interest for Malaysian Batik or the Chung Ling setenant release.
Counter 5 was the busy counter with almost all in the queue aiming for Chung Ling setenants. Most were armed with their friends’ friends’ friends’ orders and that created the unhappiness when it was sold out as the quantities were limited. It was the reverse for the Penang Free School and the Malaysian Currency Series 2 uncut sheets. There were more than sufficient especially the Malaysian Currency Series 2.
What really happened? I doubt anyone will have the real perspective – could it be the quantities were misconstrued, the allocation method, the really high demand and so one. Are there any balance stocks? More questions than answers.
The method of sale of the balance setenant sheets will require a re-look. It is hard for the out of Klang Valley collectors to come and queue. It is also hard for the Klang Valley folks to always come during the issue day to buy the setenants. Perhaps when the setenants become a standing order, then the demand will drop as many of the demand is investment in nature.
Meanwhile back to the Malaysian Batik issue (which is the main topic of the day), Mr Mohd Rizal bin Jasman (Reyzal Jasman) and Mr KY Lim came to autograph the various FDCs, Folders, Posters and Leaflets. They were patient and obliged to photo sessions with those who made the request. Here they are at the autograph session.
Meanwhile, the Father’s Day Setem Ku was also released at the Philatelic Bureau this morning. It was quite a rush to get it. This Setem Ku was overshadowed by the Malaysian Batik and the setenant sheet sales.
Incidentally today is also the Malaysian Airlines First Flight to Wuhan. Just a note for aviation cover enthusiast.
A media preview was held on 16 June 2017 for the Malaysian Batik issue on 20 June 2017.
The original batik cloth used for the design of the stamps were also on display. The batik designs were created by the Piala Sri Endon Batik Competition 2004 winner, Mr Mohd Rizal bin Jasman (Reyzal Jasman). The final stamp design is by Reign Associates.
The quantities produced are:
60 sen setenant stamps: 244,000 pieces
80 sen and 90 sen setenant stamps: 204,000 pieces of each denomination
Miniature Sheet: 30,000 pieces
Envelopes: 32,000 pieces
Empty folders: 1,800 pieces
Here are the products:
For detailed images, check out myfdc’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/MYFDCMalaysia/