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British Commonwealth Stamps

The United Kingdom administrated or ruled the colonies dominions and other territories, which in all make up the British Empire. At its peak of power the British Empire was the largest empire in history and was the dominant global power for over a century. In 1922, 458 million people were held under the reign of the British Empire which was at the time one quarter of the global population at the time covering more than 13 million square miles roughly a quarter of the total global land area. This widespread presence is evident in the influence over many worldwide issues such as politics, linguistics and culture to name but a few.

During the Second World War we began to see the decline of the Empire due to South East Asia being heavily occupied by the Japanese, damaging the prestige of being a British colony in spite of Britain being victorious. Within the two years following the war, Britain then granted independence to its most populous and valuable colony, India.

For the remainder of the 20th century many of the territories of the Empire then became independent as a large decolonisation movement was taking place passed by the powers of the European nations. This movement then ended in 1997 with Hong Kong being returned to the people’s republic of China. To this date the British sovereignty has a reign of a total of fourteen overseas territories.

Following being made independent many former British colonies then joined the Common wealth of Nations a free association of independent states. The head of state for the Commonwealth being Queen Elizabeth II is shared between a total of sixteen Commonwealth realms.

Due to the many nations joining the Commonwealth this will have been viewed as a milestone for the progress of the uniting of our nations whilst having their own independence. As many major milestones in history are rarely significant enough to achieve their own stamps to be commissioned to honour the event. Commonwealth stamps are a true rare documented collection of stamps stating this worldwide event happened to unite society.

British Commonwealth Stamps
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Mauritius 1885 16c Chestnut SG109 Fine Very Lightly Mtd Mint
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Jhind 1891 3a Brown-Orange SG23 Fine Very Lightly Mtd Mint
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Western Australia 1895 1-2d on 3d Cinnamon SG110a Fine & Fresh Mtd Mint
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Hong Kong 1864 8c Pale Dull Orange SG11 Fine Used
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Gambia 1887 1d Crimson SG23 Fine Used
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Patiala 1896 1R Green & Carmine SG28 Fine Mtd Mint
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Patiala 1902 set of 2 SG020-021 Fine & Fresh Lightly Mtd Mint
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Transjordan 1922 5-10p on 5p SG79 43b Fine Mtd Mint
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Seychelles 1903 75c Yellow and Violet SG54 Fine Mtd Mint
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Straits Settlements 1899 4c Dp Carmine SG98 Fine Lightly Mtd Mint
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St Lucia 1924 2s6d Black & Red-Blue SG104 Fine Mtd Mint
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Nabha 1913 1R Red-Brown & Dp Blue-Green SG046 Fine & Fresh Very Lightly Mtd Mint
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