British Indian Ocean Territory 1968 5r multicoloured "Regina Mundi Convent", type 1 overprint, lower marginal block of 4, upper right stamp variety No stop after "O" (R4/4), SG14b.
Very fine unmounted mint block of four with full original gum . Neat marginal annotation bottom right in margin does not detract from quality of piece.
A rare overprint error and most attractive in this positional form.
The Stanley Gibbons catalogue value is £90+.
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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