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British Indian Ocean Territory

17th January 1968

GB Colony 86

BIOT 1 to 15
  1-15 xxx

perf 14½x14, 14x14½, wmk 314, photo

Description   Scott SG Mi Y&T  
Stamps of Seychelles overprinted
5 cents multi   1 1      
other values 10c to 10 rupees   2-15 2-15      

B.I.O.T. was established as a Crown Colony in November 1965 comprising the Chagos Archipelago, Aldabra, Farquhar and Des Roches Islands. In June1976, all but the Chagos Archipelago were returned to Seychelles (and from June 1980 they were part of the group that issued stamps as Zil Elwagne Sesel). The Archipelago has no indigenous population, but from 1990 stamps were issued for use by civilian workers at the U.S. Navy base on Diego Garcia, the largest island.

Sources: ScS, SGS.

Image from ebay.

FI ref: 694 Page credit: NB

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