Japanese occupation of Labuan - Lin Yangchen
  • Japanese occupation of Labuan

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FORGERY

In Labuan, which had been under the Straits Settlements before the war, stocks of coconut definitives ended up under the control of a Japanese administration separate from the rest of Malaya (Coulter 1965). This gave yet another boost to the diversity of the coconut definitive, for the marooned stamps were decorated with the so-called single-line overprint: Kanji characters of Dai Nippon Teikoku Seifu (Great Japan Empire Government), reading from right to left, using engraved steel handchops in Kuching and Sandakan, and released from 2 October 1942 (Proud & Rowell 1992) for a few months. These stamps are rare and highly elusive (Carpenter 1990); less than 100 were issued (Tsuchiya 1999). The forgery above gives a good idea of the overall appearance of the real thing. Diagonal overprints had been used elsewhere in the past, such as in Sarawak (Lardner 2016) and the French colonies (Taylor 2015).

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