First Day Covers from the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Series, 1977
British Antarctic Territory
Queen Elizabeth II 1977 Silver Jubilee postage stamps
Antarctica, the last continent to be explored by man, lay undiscovered and unsought until 1772 when a British explorer, Captain James Cook, began a three-year voyage to search for a southern continent. At that time, men had wondered whether such a continent even existed. Throughout the first half of the 1800s, hunters explored the ice fields near the tip of the Antarctic peninsula, but it was not until 1911, during a race to the South Pole, that a Norwegian named Amundsen actually reached that destination. Today, ten countries have established scientific stations on Antarctica for weather and atmospheric research. Great Britain claims two islands as her Antarctic Territory: South Orkney and South Shetland Islands. In addition, Britain has a scientific base located at Halley Bay.
This First Day Cover honouring the Queen's Silver Jubilee was issued by the British Antarctic Territory on February 7, 1977.