A republic on the northeast coast of
South America. Formerly the colony of British Guiana, which became
independent in 1966. The republic was established in 1970. Guyana's
boundaries with Venezuela, which had claimed half of the country, were
settled in 1989, but Guyana's boundary with Suriname remains in dispute.
Since 1981, Guyana has issued a bewildering variety of stamps. Some
4,000 issues (through 1998), including a large number of provisional
overprints on obsolete stamps, as well as the productions of several
different agents, have been created for sale to collectors.