Independence Issue of Gambia

18 Feb 2019  Mon

The Gambia celebrates independence from the United Kingdom on 18th February each year. On the occasion, Gambia had issued a set of 4 stamps.

The Republic of The Gambia, a country in West Africa, was first uncounted by the Portuguese who sold exclusive trade rights to the British. During the late 17th century and throughout the 18th century, the British Empire and the French Empire struggled continually for political and commercial supremacy.

An agreement with the French Republic, Gambia became a British Colony in the year 1888. After World War II, the pace of constitutional reform increased. Following general elections in 1962, the United Kingdom granted full internal self-governance in the following year. The Gambia achieved independence on 18 February 1965, as a constitutional monarchy within the Commonwealth, with Elizabeth II as Queen of the Gambia, represented by the Governor-General.

To celebrate the Independence of the country, the Postal Administration issued a set of four stamps. The stamps with the denomination of ½ and 7½ penny depict a rising sun and the flag of Gambia whereas the stamps of 2 and 14 penny value depict the coat of arms of the country.

Shortly thereafter, the national government held a referendum proposing that the country become a republic.

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