Comments Settings Changed

I had kept wondering why no comments were appearing on my posts. My very astute girlfriend and I were discussing this the other day and she told me that my settings restrict people from posting comments, because she had tried on several occasions. I was surprised, because this was not my intention. So I have now changed my settings and you are all free to comment.


  1. I recently received a pin/badge of the Cost of Arms 3d stamp commemorating the first anniversary of Nigeria's independence (issued in 1961). Apparently it is the first stamp in the world designed to be issued in seven colour photogravure. I am not sure what the significance is but would like to learn more about the stamp itself ... so I at least have something intelligent to say when people point out the badge; can you help?

  2. First of all, thank you for your comment. I learned something new - I had no idea that this was the first stamp designed in seven colour photogravure! I can indeed confirm that it was printed in seven colours, from a plate block in my collection that shows the cylinder numbers for all seven colours, which were: violet blue, yellow, red, black, gold, silver and green.

    The stamp itself was issued October 1, 1961, as Nigeria became independent on October 1, 1960. It was printed in London, by the firm Harrison and Sons Ltd. Harrison printed nearly all the Nigerian stamps from 1961 to 1967, when the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company took over stamp production. Its designer, S. Bodo also designed the 3d value from the issue the following year. In fact this issue was merely the first of eight annual issues commemorating independence.

    It is known to exist with the silver colour missing, although I have never seen an example.

    The coat of arms features Nigeria's two inland rivers, the Benue River and the River Niger. These two Rivers confluence at Lokoja, which is a city in the Northern region. The confluence has the appearance of a Y. The eagle above represents strength, while the two horses represent dignity and pride. The black background is meant to represent Nigeria's fertile soil and the yellow flowers are Nigeria's national flower, Costus Spectabilis, and are found all over the country.

  3. I've often wondered this as well. Thank you to the original poster and to the Blogger for such a...thorough response. Lol!


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