Tuesday, November 24, 2009

State Definitive Series - Special Collection Garden Flowers Stamps

The State Definitive Series - Special Collection is a special and limited collection where all the six denomination of each state definitive stamps featuring Garden Flowers issued on 31st December 2007 is available in 14 separate mini sheets according to each state. This collection comprises of 14 mini stamp sheets in a specially designed envelope and a first day cover.

5 sen Stamp

The 5 sen stamp features the sacred lotus (Nelumbium nelumbo) which is an aquatic perennial that can grow up to a height of 6 metres depending on the depth of the swamp or creek it grows in. The roots are planted firmly in the mud beneath the water surface and is attached to a long stem with large circular leaves that float on the water surface. the pink lotus flower at the top end of the stem blooms early in the morning and wilt by the end of daylight. The fruit is a conical shaped pod with seeds arranged in the holes. The flower, seeds, young leaves and rhizomes are edible, while the big mature leaves are commonly used to wrap steamed food.

The lotus plant has great significance in Eastern religions and is especially sacred to Buddhism as it represents reincarnation.

The garden flower state definitives were re-issued on November 24, 2009 from the original ones issued on December 31, 2007. The major change between the original ones and the re-issued ones is the change of portrait of ruler for Negeri Sembilan, though the design of the other states remain similar. The orignal Negeri Sembilan garden flower state definitives employed the portrait of Tuanku Jaafar while the re-issued ones used the portrait of Tuanku Muhriz. Actually, there was a stamp issue to commemorate the installation of Tuanku Muhriz as the 11th Yang Dipertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan on October 26, 2009.

Technical Details

Date of Issue : 24th November 2009

Stamp Value : 5s, 10s, 20s, 30s, 40s & 50sen

Sheet Content : 6 Stamps

Set of 14 Sheets

First Day Cover Value : 30 Sen

Perforation 14

Paper : Watermarked SPM, Phosphor Coated

Printing : Process Lithography

Printer : Percetakan Keselamatan Nasional Sdn. Bhd.

Designer : Dato Prof Raja Zahabuddin bin Raja Yaacob

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