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Caroline Islands

12th October 1899

German Colony 7

Caroline Is SC1a
Caroline Is SG1
56°
48°
  1900 Sc1 SG7 1899 Sc1a SG1 xxx


perf 13½x14½, no wmk


Description   Scott SG Mi Y&T  
December 1900 Stamps of Germany overprinted at 56°
3 pfennigs dark brown   1 7      
5pf green   2 8      
10pf carmine   3 9      
20pf ultra   4 10      
25pf orange   5 11      
50pf red-brown   6 12      
March-June 1899 Stamps of Germany overprinted at 48°
3pf light brown   1a 1      
5pf green   2a 2      
10pf carmine   3a 3      
20pf ultra   4a 4      
25pf orange   5a 5      
50pf red-brown   6a 6      

A group of around 550 small islands in the western Pacific, the Caroline Islands were discovered in 1526, claimed by Spain in a dispute with Germany and bought by Germany in 1899. The islands were occupied by Japan in 1914 and became a Japanese mandated territory. The US captured the islands during WW2 and in July 1947 they became a United States trust territory.

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