During the month of October, A Stamp A Day is featuring the stamps of Thailand with the focus on the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej who died on October 13, 2016. The year-long mourning period will culminate with a five-day funeral at the end of this month. For this fourth day of October, the subject is Scott #411, released as part of the King Rama IX 4th Series of definitive stamps. The previous three sets of definitives had been printed by British firms but in 1963 the Government Printing Bureau of the Japanese Ministry of Finance received the contract for the new series; they had been the primary printer for Thai stamps since 1957.
The first stamps of the 4th Series were released on August 22, 1963; the six lowest denominations were released that year with an additional eight stamps issued in 1964. The 1.25-baht and 40-baht values appeared in 1965, a 4-baht stamp was released in 1968 and the 19-stamp set concluded with the release of a 75-satang stamp on December 1, 1971. They were printed by photogravure on paper watermarked with zigzag lines and perforated 13×13½. Many were issued concurrently with the stamps of the 3rd Series.
- 5 satang dark carmine rose (1963); 23,000,0000 printed (Scott #397)
- 10 satang dark green (1963); 24,000,000 printed (Scott #398)
- 15 satang red brown (1963); 14,000,000 printed (Scott #399)
- 20 satang black brown (1963); 46,000,000 printed (Scott #400)
- 25 satang carmine (1963); 68,000,000 printed (Scott #401)
- 50 satang olive gray (1963); 99,000,000 printed (Scott #402)
- 75 satang bright violet (1971); 20,000,000 printed (Scott #402A)
- 80 satang dull orange (1963); 2,500,000 printed (Scott #403)
- 1 baht dark blue & dark brown (1964); 4,000,000 printed (Scott #404)
- 1.25 baht orange brown & olive green (1965); 1,000,000 printed (Scott #404A)
- 1.50 baht violet blue & green (1964); 3,000,000 printed (Scott #405)
- 2 baht dark red & violet (1964); 12,000,000 printed (Scott #406)
- 3 baht brown & dark blue (1964); 4,000,000 printed (Scott #407)
- 4 baht deep bister & black (1968); 3,000,000 printed (Scott #407A)
- 5 baht blue & green (1964); 5,500,000 printed (Scott #408)
- 10 baht orange & black (1964); 4,000,000 printed (Scott #409)
- 20 baht bright green & indigo (1964); 700,000 printed (Scott #410)
- 25 baht dark green & blue (1964); 1,700,000 printed (Scott #411)
- 40 baht yellow & black (1965); 500,000 printed (Scott #411A)
I don’t have any examples in my collection from the King Rama IX 5th Series (21 stamps total, four of which were printed in Finland and the remaining 17 in Japan), nor do I have any of the 6th Series (12 stamps printed by two different British firms). Tomorrow’s entry will illustrate the few stamps I own from the 7th Series, which eventually totaled some 36 stamps printed by five different companies in four countries.