Low Value Queen Elizabeth II St. Kitts-Nevis Definitives Overprinted "Independent Anguilla"
Anguilla unilaterally separated from the associated state of St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla in 1967. These stamps, issued on September 4, 1967 were the first issued during this tumultuous period by the break-away administration established by Anguilla's Island Council. Existing stocks of "St Christopher Nevis Anguilla" pictorial definitive stamps on the island were overprinted in black "Independent Anguilla" with a thick bar obliterating the original name. The overprints were applied at St Thomas on the Virgin Islands by Island Press Inc. in the presence of their employee William Bracken, and a representative of the Anguilla Government who witnessed the destruction of the overprint form once the complete stock of sheets of 25 stamps was overprinted. All of the stamps were required to fulfil postal requirements so none were made available specifically for philatelic markets. As a result, all the stamps are, at the very least, scarce and the higher denominations are extremely expensive for stamps of this era.
Report from The Virgin Islands Daily News on Anguillan Succession
Report from The Glasgow Herald on the settlement of the Anguillan Succession
On May 25, 1987 a set of six stamps and a souvenir sheet were issued
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