Controversially created between 1968 and 1973 by the expulsion of the local Mauritian population, these islands are used by the UK and the USA as an airbase and only military personnel, and some private contractors, now inhabit them. Postage stamps have been issued for the British Indian Ocean Territory since 17 January 1968. As the territory was originally part of Mauritius, these stamps were denominated in rupees until 1992. However, since that date they have been issued in denominations of British Pounds, the official currency of the territory.
We offer British Indian Ocean Territory stamps and British Indian Ocean Territory stamp collections, complete sets, errors & varieties, proofs, essays, postal history and covers including first day covers for this area. Philatelists should regularly visit this page as our auction lots constantly change so whether you are searching for rare stamps from British Indian Ocean Territory, classic stamps, postmarks & cancellations, specialised collections, estate boxes and anything related to British Indian Ocean Territory stamp collecting and filling your stamp albums – just keep your eye on us!
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Philatelic postscript: Created as a Crown Colony in 1965, amalgamating islands formerly administered by Mauritius and the Seychelles.