FDC: Museums and Artifacts in Malaysia

This is a great FDC from Malaysia, featuring some special stamps.

At first glance, the Museums and Artifacts issue features images of regional museums and galleries, albeit with a curious black edge on each stamp.

This is what the cover looked like when I took it out of our post box at the front of our house.

Stamps FDC Cover Malaysia 2013 Museums and Artifacts

Country: Malaysia
Date: 2nd September 2013
Issue Date: 31st August 2013

As I admired the cover in the midday Thai sun (= hot… only for mad dogs and Englishmen collecting their post), the artifacts promised in the title of the issue were revealed.

Stamps FDC Cover Malaysia 2013 Museums and Artifacts thermo ink

The panel on the right side of each stamp contains an image of an artifact, and that portion of the stamp has been treated with a thermosensitive ink. The ink is opaque when cold (or room temperature) and transparent when warm. Click the image above to zoom in.

I really like this innovative stamp design, reflecting the importance of museums and archives, which reveal the past to us and preserve our history.

Stamp Details

From left to right:

  • Museum – Galeria Perdana, Langkawi, Kedah, Artifact – Ancient Ark
  • Museum – Muzium Kota Kayang, Perlis, Artifact – Currency Mould
  • Museum – Muzium Labuan, Labuan, Artifact – Brass Tea Pot

There are 9 stamps in the issue, see below for details of the others.

The Story Behind the History

The FDC comes with a very detailed insert. Click the images below for easier reading.

Stamps FDC Cover Malaysia 2013 Museums and Artifacts insert front
Front cover
Stamps FDC Cover Malaysia 2013 Museums and Artifacts insert 1-2
Pages 1-2
Stamps FDC Cover Malaysia 2013 Museums and Artifacts insert 3-4
Pages 3-4
Stamps FDC Cover Malaysia 2013 Museums and Artifacts insert 5-6
Pages 5-6
Stamps FDC Cover Malaysia 2013 Museums and Artifacts insert back
Back cover and technical details

Thanks to Vera for this cover.

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