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Sealand 2023 56th Anniversary of Independence Booklet (7v x2, Inland to $3.50, U/M)

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Issue released on 2 September 2023 to mark Sealand’s 56th anniversary of independence, produced exclusively in booklet format.

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Issue released on 2 September 2023 to mark Sealand’s 56th anniversary of independence, produced exclusively in booklet format. Inside the booklet, the pane of 14 self-adhesive stamps features two se-tenant strips of the seven different values.

The issue is notable in that only two of the seven stamps actually bear Sealand’s name. Two $3.50 values depict, according to the Sealand website, a “modern interpretation of Sealand’s iconic fort”, and Sealand’s Independence Day flag. There are then two $1.50 stamps, the first featuring the rigid inflatable boat (RIB) “that connects us to the world”, and the second showing off “the Sealand flag prints that showcase our global presence”. Finally, three “Inland” stamps “highlight the marine treasures surrounding us”: a seal, a crab, and a seashell.

The inside cover of the booklet features a message from Prince Michael, and the back cover a short introduction to Sealand.

U/M / Unmounted Mint / MNH / Mint Never Hinged.

About Sealand

Sealand is a micronation that describes itself as "a sovereign Principality on a military fortress, seven miles from the eastern shores of Britain". Based on HM Fort Roughs, a naval fort built to protect the Thames Estuary during the Second World War, the Principality of Sealand was established by the Bates family in 1967, after they took occupation of the disused military structure with the intention of operating a pirate radio station there. At the time, the structure was located within international waters; Britain's territorial waters were only extended to encompass the area around Sealand on 1 October 1987.

Within their new principality, Roy Bates and his wife Joan styled themselves as Prince Roy and Princess Joan; since Roy's death in 2012, his son, Michael, has claimed the title Prince Michael. Sealand celebrated the "50th anniversary of independence" in 2017.

Sealand issued its first stamps, denominated in Sealand dollars (SX$), in 1969, with further issues following during the 1970s. After a long break, several more new issues were released in the 2000s, with the most recent appearing in 2023 - the first new Sealand stamps in 13 years. Sealandic stamps are considered Cinderellas, given that the Principality is not a recognised government postal administration.

The Sealand website includes more details about the micronation's history and a regularly updated news section.

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