British Commonwealth

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 honor the event. Commonwealth stamps are a true rare documented collection of stamps stating this worldwide event happened to unite society

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Norfolk Island 1961 10s Emerald-Green Specimen SG36s V.F MNH (2)
New
£24.00
Norfolk Island 1961 10s Emerald-Green Specimen SG36s V.F MNH (3)
New
£24.00
Papua & New Guinea 1964 Birds Set of 10 to 5s SG61-70 V.F MNH Blocks of 4
New
£33.00
Papua & New Guinea 1965 5s Bird of Paradise SG70 V.F MNH
New
£4.50
Kuwait 1953 Coronation Set of 4 SG103-106 Fine MNH
£12.00
Kuwait 1956 1R on 1s6d Grey-Blue SG119 Fine MNH
£10.00
Kuwait 1956 12a on 1s3d Green SG118 Fine MNH
£7.00
Tangier 1953 Coronation Set of 4 SG306-309 Fine MNH (2)
£9.00
Bahrain 1953 Coronation Set of 4 SG90-93 Fine MNH
New
£12.00
Leeward Islands 1954 5c Black & Brown-Purple SG131a 'Loop Flaw' V.F.U
£8.00
Leeward Islands 1954 Set of 15 SG126-140 Fine LMM (2)
£31.00
Leeward Islands 1954 Set of 15 SG126-140 Fine Used (2)
£18.00
Leeward Islands 1954 Set of 15 SG126-140 V.F MNH (3)
£46.00
Leeward Islands 1954 2c Green SG128a 'Loop Flaw' Fine MM
£8.00
Leeward Islands 1954 48c Dull Purple & Ultramarine SG136a 'Loop Flaw' V.F LMM
£28.00
Leeward Islands 1954 Set of 15 SG126-140 Fine & Fresh LMM (2)
£31.00
Leeward Islands 1954 60c Brown & Green SG137 V.F MNH
£5.00
Leeward Islands 1954 Set of 15 SG126-140 Fine & Fresh LMM
£31.00
Leeward Islands 1954 Set of 15 SG126-140 V.F MNH (4)
£46.00
B.P.A in Eastern Arabia 1953 Coronation Set of 4 SG52-55 V.F MNH Blocks of 4
£53.00
Ascension 1963 £1 Red Footed Booby SG83 V.F.U 1st Day CDS
£12.00
North Borneo 1961 $1 Brown & Yellow-Green SG403 Fine LMM
£11.00
North Borneo 1961 4c Bronze-Green & Orange SG392 Superb Used Pair on Piece
£10.00
Brunei 1895 1/2c Dark Brown SG1 2nd Printing Superb MNH Complete Sheet of 50
£325.00