Posted 8 months ago
This is a 1986 series of five postage stamps Souvenir Sheet issued by the Solomon Islands to commemorate the 1987 America's Cup Yacht Race.
- Issued August 22, 1986 - (Se-Tenant mini-strip)
- The full sheet issue contained 50 different stamps.
Stamps are in MNH OG (Mint No Hinge, Original Gum) condition.
STAMP #1 - Scott# 571a - "Puritan - U.S. Winner 1885" - 18 cents
STAMP #2 - Scott# 571b - "Mayflower - U.S. Winner 1886" - 18 cents
STAMP #3 - Scott# 571e - "Volunteer - U.S. Winner 1887" - 30 cents
STAMP #4 - Scott# 571g - "South Australia - Potential Defender 1987" - $1
STAMP #5 - Scott# 571h - "KA14 Australia - Potential Defender 1987" - $1
Solomon Islands is a sovereign country consisting of a large number of islands in Oceania lying to the east of Papua New Guinea and northwest of Vanuatu and covering a land area of 28,400 square kilometres (11,000 sq mi). The country's capital, Honiara, is located on the island of Guadalcanal. The United Kingdom had established a protectorate over what was then known as "the Solomon Islands". During the Second World War, the Solomon Islands campaign (1942–1945) saw fierce fighting between the United States and the Empire of Japan, such as in the Battle of Guadalcanal. Self-government was achieved in 1976. Independence was obtained two years later with the country adopting the formal name of Solomon Islands. Today, Solomon Islands is a constitutional monarchy with the Queen of Solomon Islands, currently Queen Elizabeth II, as its head of state.