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Postage stamps and postal history of Brunei

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Postage stamps and postal history of Brunei

This is a survey of the postage stamps and postal history of Brunei.


Brunei is located on the north coast of the island of Borneo, in Southeast Asia. Its coastline with the South China Sea is the only portion that is not bounded by another country; the state of Sarawak, Malaysia surrounds the country and it is divided into two portion by Limbang, which is part of Sarawak.

First stamps

The first stamps of Brunei were the 1895 "Star and crescent" set, long considered to bogus but subsequently shown to be genuine, although valid only for mail within the state and to Sarawak and Labuan.


In 1906 stamps of Labuan came into use, overprinted BRUNEI.

Brunei river stamps

In 1907 a set inscribed BRUNEI POSTAGE & REVENUE was issued showing a boat on the River Brunei. This set remained in use until 1949 during which time it went through many different printings.

World War two

Brunei was fully occupied by the Japanese Army in January 1942 until liberation in June 1945. During the occupation, overprinted and un-overprinted stamps of Brunei were used as well as stamps of Japan. Following liberation, stamps of North Borneo and Sarawak were used overprinted BMA (British Military Administration).


Following the British Military Administration, stamps of Brunei returned on 2 January 1947 and in 1949 a set was issued celebrating Sultan Ahmed Tajudin's Silver Jubilee. Also in 1949 Brunei issued stamps for the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Universal Postal Union as part of a British Commonwealth omnibus issue.

In 1952 a new series of definitive stamps were issued featuring Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin which was another long-running series with lasted until 1972.

Regular commemorative and definitive stamp issues have continued since then.


Postage stamps and postal history of Brunei Wikipedia

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