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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Pahang 1935-41 Extended Set of 20 SG29-46 Fine MM CV £302
New
£140.00
Straits Settlements 1937-41 Extended Set of 21 SG278-298 All Dies Fine MM CV £575
New
£235.00
Trengganu 1938 $5 Green & Red-Yellow SG44 Fine & Fresh MM
New
£295.00
Ascension 1924 8d Grey-Black & Bright Violet SG17b 'Torn Flag' Fine MNH Pl.1 Corner Pair
New
£195.00
Bahamas 1942 5s Purple & Blue SG156b Good MM
New
£14.00
Bahamas 1942 5s Reddish Lilac & Blue Striated Paper SG174 Fine LMM
New
£20.00
Bahamas 1943 £1 Blue-Green & Black SG157a Fine MM
New
£22.00
Bahamas 1948 1s Pale Brownish Grey & Crimson SG155d Fine MM
New
£8.00
Barbados 1938 1s Olive-Green SG255 Fine LMM
New
£7.00
Barbados 1938 2s6d Purple SG256 Fine LMM
New
£5.00
Barbados 1938 2s6d Purple SG256 Fine MM
New
£5.00
Barbados 1939 Set of 5 SG257-261 Fine LMM
New
£7.00
Barbados 1941 5s Indigo SG256a Fine MM
New
£5.00
Barbados 1941 5s Indigo SG256a V.F MNH
New
£8.00
Barbados 1947 3d Carmine SGD3 Fine LMM
New
£9.00
Basutoland 1938 2s6d Sepia SG26 Fine LMM
New
£10.00
Basutoland 1938 5s Violet SG27 Fine MM
New
£18.00
Bermuda 1943 5s Pale Bluish Green & Carmine-Red-Pale Yellow SG118d V.F MNH (3)
New
£66.00
Bermuda 1945 5s Green & Red-Pale-Yellow SG118e V.F MNH (3)
New
£30.00
Bermuda 1950 5s Yellow-Green & Red-Pale-Yellow SG118f P.13 V.F MNH (3)
New
£21.00
British Guiana 1938-51 Extended Set of 13 to $1 SG308-317 Fine MM  CV £140+
New
£55.00
British Guiana 1940 Postage Due Set of 3 SGD1, D2 & D4 Fine MM
New
£25.00
Bechuanaland 1938 5s Black & Deep Ultramarine SG127 Fine MM
New
£19.00
Bechuanaland 1938 10s Black & Red-Brown SG128 Good MM
New
£9.00