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The Overprinted Great Britain Issues Of Niger Coast Protectorate 1892-1894 Part Three

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Today's post will look at the cancellations associated with these issues. Next week, I will look at postal history and the following week, I will look at the provisional surcharges, which include some of the rarest items in all of British Commonwealth philately.

Post Offices

The Niger Coast Protectorate was the official name given to the protectorate, after an Order in Council, dated May 12, 1893 extended the Oil Rivers Protectorate indefinitely inland, which became necessary as trade expanded thoughout the region. 17 post offices were opened in the protectorate between November 1891 and April 18, 1895, as follows:


Bakana - opening date unknown, earliest recorded date May 1, 1892.Benin River - opened November 1891, and earliest recorded date is January 25, 1893.Benin - opening date unknown, earliest recorded date March 29, 1893. Bonny River - opened November 1891 and earliest recorded date is February 6, 1892.Bonny - opening date unknown, earliest recorded date is April 19, 1894. B…

The Overprinted Great Britain Issues Of Niger Coast Protectorate 1892-1894 Part Two

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This week's post continues my exploration of the first issue of the Niger Coast Protectorate, which consisted of the overprinted stamps of Great Britain. One very interesting aspect to these issues which is a study in and of itself concerns the constant varieties that can be found in the Oil Rivers overprint that was used on the stamps. In addition to constant varieties that can be found in the letters of the overprint itself, there were also variations in the exact length of the words used in the overprint.

These differences will be the focus of today's post.

How the Overprint Was Produced and Variations in Size

There were two plates used to overprint the stamps. Each plate had a setting of 60 overprints. The 1/2d and 1d stamps were issued in sheets of 240 stamps. So each sheet had to be run through the presses twice in order to ensure overprinting of all 240 stamps. The 2d, 2.5d ad 1/- stamps were printed in sheets of 120, so they only required one run through the presses, w…