Overview of Nigerian Philately
At the broadest level, the country can be broken down as follows:
- Pre-Federation Nigeria - all the issues from 1874 to 1914.
- Federated Nigeria to independence - all issues from 1914 to 1960.
- Federated Nigeria after independence -all issues from 1960 to date.
- Lagos, which first issued stamps in 1874 and was amalgamated into Southern Nigeria in 1906.
- Niger Coast Protectorate, which first issued stamps in 1892 and was amalgamated into Southern Nigeria in 1906.
- Niger Company Territories, which eventually became parts of Northern and Southern Nigeria used stamps of Great Britain with its own cancellations from the 1890's until 1901.
- Northern Nigeria, which issued stamps from 1901-1913.
- Southern Nigeria, which issued stamps from 1901-1913.
- De La Rue printed all the keyplate stamps of King George V's reign as well as the 1936 Pictorials, the 2/6d and 5/- King George VI definitives, and finally the 1946 Peace Issue.
- Bradbury Wilkinson printed the 1937 Coronation, the King George VI definitives to the 1/3d, the 5/- 1948 Silver Wedding, the 3d and 6d 1949 UPU Issue, the 1953 Coronation Issue, and finally the first postage due issue.
- Waterlow printed the 1935 Silver Jubilee Issue, the 1d and 1/- 1949 UPU Issue, the 1953-60 Definitive Issue, and all the commemorative issues from 1953 to 1958.
- Harrison and Sons printed the 1d 1948 Silver Wedding stamp.