BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY 1968 5r multicoloured, variety, SG14a
British Indian Ocean Territory 1968 5r multicoloured "Regina Mundi Convent", type 1 overprint, vertical pair showing variety 'No stop after I' on lower stamp (R2/4), SG14a.
A fine used pair with Desroches circular date stamp dated 'JA 17 68'.
Very scarce and fine example of this printing variety.
Stanley Gibbons catalogue value: £160+.
The British Indian Ocean Territory was created as a crown colony on 8 November 1865 when it comprised the Chagos Archipelago, previously administered by Mauritius, together with the islands of Aldabra, Farquhar and Desroches, previously administered by Seychelles. The islands are used mainly by the UK and the USA as an airbase occupied by military personnel and a few private contractors.
The first stamps used from 17 January 1968 were Seychelles stamps overprinted “B.I.O.T.”
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