Gilbert & Ellice Islands
Gilbert Islands, Kiribati
1st January 1911
perf 14, wmk multiple crown CA
|Stamps of Fiji overprinted|
|½ penny green||1||1|
|5d violet and olive green||5||5|
|1 shilling black, green||7||7|
The catalgues note that ordinary paper was used for for Sc1-4 and chalky paper for Sc5-7.
A group of islands north east of Australia, annexed by GB in that became a GB colony in 1915.
The colony separated into the Gilbert Islands (comprising Gilbert Islands, Phoenix, Ocean and Line Islands) and Tuvalu in 1976. The first issue for the Gilbert Islands was a set of 14 overprints. Scott numbers sequentially, while Gibbons starts again at SG1 and lists a dedicated set of 3 stamps as the first issue.
|1976 Sc253-266 SG3-22|
|1979 Sc325 SG84|
In July 1979, the Gilbert Islands became independent and the name changed to Kiribati. Both catalogues number contiguously this time.