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Stamps of Siam Thailand with Values
1875-1948

An on-line Catalog of postage stamps with values, issued by the Kings of Siam from the early Palace Locals of 1875 up to the last stamps issued with the name 'Siam' in 1948 when the name changed to 'Thailand'. Values are compiled from various dealers price lists and recent sales results and kept up to date by the Siam Rare Stamp Specialist Frankly Stamps. Values are given as a guide only and no reliance on them should be made for buying or selling stamps, as condition is a most important factor.

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Siam/Thailand Catalog Contents

The Palace Locals
1875-1893
K. Rama V
1883-1911
K. Vajiravhudh
1912-1926
K. Prajadhipok
1928-1947
K.Bhumibol
1947-1949
Back of Book
1918-1943

The Palace Locals

In September of 1875 Prince Bhanurangsi with the help of 10 other young princes organized the editorial of a daily newspaper, the 'Court', later renamed the 'Official News'.
Initially these papers were picked up or delivered by hand to the subscribers houses every day. Subsequently he printed the newspapers adhesive stamps, he called the 'Stamp Tickets' with perforations so that they could be torn from the sheets individually. They sold for 1 att each. This 'Stamp Ticket' could be called the first local postage stamp of Siam and was the origin of the first local post in Bangkok. These stamps were affixed to the newspaper as well as on any letters carried by the postman as an additional service carried out for the subscribers.

Prince Bhanurangsi's stamp tickets had 2 different designs:
Type 1: The design was copied from the illustration on the top of the first issue of the newspaper. There were several sizes of stamps and the perforations were rather crude. In the middle an oval frame surrounding a portrait of the prince and the words "Rising P" beneath.
Type 2: This was a modified version of Type 1 stamp. The profile was changed and the words "one att" in Thai script were added above the image and the words "Payment for Delivery" beneath and the letters "B" and "P" to either side.

Both types of stamps were issued in a variety of colors, light or dark red on yellowish or creamy paper. Brown or green on white paper. The stamps were canceled by signing initials in black fountain pen ink, hand stamped with bulls eye design in black ink, or hand stamped in black circular design with Chinese Characters in the middle. The stamps were normally stuck on the back of the envelopes and signed by the sender.
 

The Palace locals of 1875  First and Second Issues
 

The Private Local palace Issue 1890
 
                        

   

 
The Ratchakuman Locals 1893
 

These stamps are very difficult to value as they are scarce and do not often come onto the market. Recent sales results have varied from about $500 up to $5000+, depending upon condition and usage. Used Covers tend to be very expensive.

The King's Monogram Essay and Elephant Essay

During this same period two other sets of stamps were issued. The date of issue and the purpose of these stamps is not known. The King's Monogram Essay was probably used for revenue purposes. It was issued in sheets of 12 and in 5 colors, red, green, orange, blue and purple. The Elephant Essay probably had royal patronage. It was printed by both lithography and recess in monocolor and several colors.
 

The King's Monogram Essay

        

The Elephant Essay

These stamps are very difficult to value as they are scarce and do not often come onto the market. Recent sales results have varied from about $200 up to $500+, depending upon condition and usage.

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