The 1953-1960 Elizabeth II Definitive Issue
In common with other definitive issues that preceded this one, there are some points of interest for the specialist. There are shade variations on all values, although some of these are quite subtle, requiring a fair amount of patience to separate. In addition to shades, there are quite a few variations in the paper, both in terms of the weave direction, and the reaction under long-wave ultraviolet light. There were two booklets issued for this issue, as well as coils constructed from sheets and reels. In addition to these, there are several re-entries and plate retouches that can be found, although Gibbons has been slow to list them. Finally, the entire set exists overprinted "Cameroons U.K.T.T" for use in the Southern Cameroons region prior to the 1961 plebiscite, in which this region opted to join Cameroun. This later issue was first issued by overprinting stocks of the earlier Waterlow printings, but in 1961 the printing contract was lost by Waterlow and went to De La Rue, who re-printed several of the designs.
The designs and colours, as well as some shades follow:
Although you have seen the Queen Victoria issues of Lagos, I have not yet shown you the issues of the other territories that eventually became Nigeria, like the Niger Coast Protectorate, Northern Nigeria, The Niger Company Territories, and Southern Nigeria.