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My First Post of May - Exciting Acquisitions of Late: One Shilling Vickies and A Stunning Biafra Cover!

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First of all, I would like to express my sincere apologies for taking so long to post. I had said I would be posting prolifically this month and we are already at the 10th. I am about to leave on vacation for a week, so I thought I had better post something before I go.

March and April were very exciting months for acqusitions, as I was able to secure several very rare items for my collection. One of the things I have been able to let go of over the years as a philatelist is my insistence on perfection. This has stood me in good stead, as Nigeria is a country that is very challenging from a condition point of view. Many of the rarest stamps are simply not available in the condition that many North American collectors are used to insisting on.

The first of these key purchases were all three of the crown CC one shilling orange Lagos Queen Victoria Issues shown below:



These stamps were issued between February 1875 and 1879 and were printed by De La Rue. The two stamps on the left are bot…