Date of Issue: 6 May 1980, Description: $2 150th Anniversary Of Founding Of Singapore $10 Stamp Against Raffles’ Letter
Error: $2: Deep green “dot” overlap with light green “dot” at marginal sheet
Singapore had been a part of various local empires since it was first inhabited in the second century AD. Modern Singapore was founded as a trading post of the East India Company by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1819 with permission from the Sultanate of Johor. The British obtained full sovereignty over the island in 1824 and Singapore became one of the British Straits Settlements in 1826. The facsimile of the letter on the $2 stamp, written by Sir Stamford Raffles to Col. Attenbrooke on 10 June1819, reads “…. I have just planted the British Flag….”, an archival document of the British colonization of Singapore.