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Pos Malaysia Commemorative Stamps that Celebrates the 14th Agong Installation

Updated on August 16, 2015
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PHOTO 1: Malaysia New Commemorative Stamps with value : 60sen, 80sen and RM1
PHOTO 1: Malaysia New Commemorative Stamps with value : 60sen, 80sen and RM1

The 14th installation of Malaysia's new King on 11th April 2012 marked a historic occasion in the annals of our Malaysian history. This was truly a unique event. Unique because there has been no King that has ever been re-elected as the Head of State, twice.

Malaysia New Commemorative Stamps in Celebration of 14th Agong Installation

To mark this historic occasion, Pos Malaysia issued new Commemorative Stamps and First Day Cover, that went on sale on 12 April 2012.

Another significant and probably a historical fact is the venue for the Installation. It took place at the newly built palace, Istana Negara, located at Jalan Duta. This palace was completed and ready for occupation early this year. Personally, I prefer the old palace. Somehow the architecture of this new palace looks kind of 'weak' and doesn't have that grandeur that we tend to associate with palaces. You can see part of this new palace architecture in PHOTO 6

Background on Malaysia's Head of State

When we gained our independence from the British in 1957, a Head of State, or Yang di-Pertuan Agong, was elected from the Rulers within the 9 ruling states that make up part of Malaysia (or Malaya as it was known then).

The Only Country in the World with Elected Monarch & Rotated every 5 years

This makes our country's monarchy system unique. Unique because the King/Head of State is elected and rotated every five years. There's no other countries in the world with such a system.

In a traditional system, a Monarch/King will usually ascend the throne through lineage and will stay on as the Monarch/King until his death or when he decides to abdicate.

When Tuanku Abdul Halim was proclaimed the 5thYang di-Pertuan Agong in 1970, he was 42 years old. When re-elected as the 14th King, he is 84 years old. Besides being the first ruler to be the Head of State twice, he is also the oldest ever to be elected to the throne.

Malaysia New Commemorative Stamps in Celebration of 14th Agong Installation

These new commemorative stamps that were issued by Pos Malaysia, featured portraits of the new Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim and the new Queen, Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tuanku Hajah Haminah. See PHOTO 1.

STAMPS

These stamps were issued in the value of:

  • 60 sen and is colored yellow. It shows Yang di-Pertuan Agong in his official installation attire
  • 80 sen and is colored red. It has a portrait of Yang di-Pertuan Agong in the attire of the Head of the Armed Forces
  • RM1 and is colored blue. It depicts Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah and the Queen, Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tuanku Hajah Haminah, in their official attires.

The colors yellow, blue and red represent colors of our Malaysian flag.

PHOTO 2: 14th Agong Installation First Day Cover Value : 50sen
PHOTO 2: 14th Agong Installation First Day Cover Value : 50sen

FIRST DAY COVER

The First Day Cover cost 50 sen and has pictures of the King and Queen in their official attires. See PHOTO 2.

PHOTO 3 shows the same First Day Cover but with stamp value of RM2.90

CORONATION SET

A complete Coronation Set, which makes up of the 60 sen, 80 sen and RM1 stamps, First Day Cover, Booklet, Leaflet and Product Summary, costs RM66.90

Note: Exchange Rate: US$1 = RM3.00 (rate will vary) 100 sen = RM1

PHOTO 3: Agong Installation First Day Cover with Stamp Value: RM2.90
PHOTO 3: Agong Installation First Day Cover with Stamp Value: RM2.90

Stamp Sheet

PHOTO 4: Malaysia Commemorative Stamp Sheets
PHOTO 4: Malaysia Commemorative Stamp Sheets

Malaysia New Commemorative Stamp Sheet consist of 20 stamps, for each of the sets, Details are as follow:

  • Stamp Size: 40mm x 50mm / 50mm x 40mm
  • Miniature Sheet Size: 140mm x 75mm
  • Stamp Size in Miniature Sheet: 40mm x 50mm
  • Perforation: 14
  • Paper is SPM watermarked and phosphor coated
  • Printing Process is Litography (Gold Stamping / Gold Printing)
  • Printed by National Security Printer
  • Stamp Designed by Hazel Design Sdn Bhd

PHOTO 5: Agong Installation First Day Cover with Miniature Sheet Value: RM5.50
PHOTO 5: Agong Installation First Day Cover with Miniature Sheet Value: RM5.50

Exclusive Feature in this New Commemorative Stamp Collection

This Installation Collection has an exclusive and unique feature that are rarely issued for any new commemorative stamp and first day covers.

It has a 140mm x 75mm miniature sheet with a reproduction of the earlier stamp that was issued when Tuanku Abdul Halim was first installed as the 5thYang di-Pertuan Agong. It also featured stamp that depict his second term as the 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong . Another unique feature is its gold stamping and gold printing. See PHOTO 5.

Priced at RM5, this is good value for money.

PHOTO 6  Malaysia New Ruler Folder sells for  RM 5.50. The folder also features the new Istana or Palace that was completed late 2011.
PHOTO 6 Malaysia New Ruler Folder sells for RM 5.50. The folder also features the new Istana or Palace that was completed late 2011.

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Malaysia Central Bank, Bank Negara, issued new commemorative coins, was covered in this article Malaysia New Commemorative Coins - Good News for Coin Collectors

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You may click on these links for further information on Pos Malaysia, List of Malaysian Stamps and Postage Stamps and Postal history of Malaysia, as listed under Wikipedia

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    • greatstuff profile imageAUTHOR

      Mazlan 

      6 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi Nell, thanks for the visit and thanks for the nice compliment.

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Fascinating insight into Malaysia's Monarchy, and so different from the rest of the World. As you mentioned all the other Countries with a Monarchy are born to it, not changed every few years. And the Commemorative stamps are really nice, I love the colors, thanks for a look into Malaysia, nell

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