A blog about the stamps and postal history of Nigeria as we know it today and all its component colonies, protectorates and territories prior to 1914. My mission is to create awareness of the amazing possibilities that are open to collectors of Nigerian stamps. The entire collection shown in this blog will be sold at public auction at a date to be announced - sometime in 2019 or 2020.
No Blog Posts This Week
Just a quick note to my readers to let everyone know that I will not be writing any new posts this week, and possibly next week as well. I have family visiting from out of town for the next two weeks, and I only have time to fill my sales orders. However, I promise to have my next posts published as soon as I can.
I would encourage you to go back over the last several weeks worth of posts and review the information published so far, or re-visit your favourite series of posts.
This week I will be finishing my examination of the 2d green from the 1894 first Waterlow watermarked issue and starting my examination of the 2.5d lake. The only aspect remaining to be looked at on the 2d green are the perforations, which I will discuss now.
Perforations on the 2d Green
Gibbons lists five perforations for this stamp:
14.5 to 1515.5 to 15 compound with 12-13.13.5 to 14.13.5 to 14 compound with 12-13.12 to 13.
Of course, just like all the other values looked at so far, the picture is quite a bit more complicated than that. The perforations that I have found in my detailed study of these stamps is as follows: 13; 14 x 12; 13 x 14 x 13; 1214 x 13 14.4 x 14 x 14 x 1414 12; 13 x 12.3; 12.6 x 14 x 12.9; 11.714.1 x 14 x 14.1 x 14; 1214.1 x 14 x 14 x 1414 x 14 x 13.9 x 1414 x 13.9 x 14.1 x 13.8 13 x 12.2 x 13 x 12.414 x 13 x 14 x 13; 1214 x 14.2 x 14 x 1414 x 14; 12.4 ; 13.1 x 14 x 13.4 ; 12.1 14.1 x 14 x 13.9 x 1413.9 x 14 x 13.8 x 14.114 x 14 x 14 x 13.914.1 x 14 x 14 x 13.91…
I had said in my last post that I am working on a comprehensive study of two sets from Nigeria, of which the Queen Victoria Lagos definitives was one. The second set is the first definitive set issued after the country switched from sterling currency to the new currency of Naira and Kobo, in 1973. The standard postage stamp catalogues have not given this set a name, but I call it the Industry and National Pride Issue, as it depicts the various industries of Nigeria, and one gets a sense of the immense pride in their country that Nigerians felt a mere 13 years after independence in 1960.
This set proved to be very popular and was in use continuously until it was replaced in 1986. There was a brief period of time during the inflationary period in the early 1990's when most of the values appeared again. Why they appeared during this time is somewhat of a mystery, since the massive inflation, had rendered the denominations unsuitable for all postage rates in effect at the time.
Last week I wrote a broad overview of the first King Edward VII Issue of Lagos, which was issued in 1904. I left off with an examination of some of the potentially constant plate flaws that occur on the issue, that are not listed in Gibbons. This week, I will show you some of the cancellations and postal history that can be found on these stamps.
Before I get into the specific cancellations, a word on the rarity of the high values in postally used condition. This issue had a useful life of no more than 9 or ten months. Last week we saw that there were no more than between 720 and 1,680 stamps issued in total - mint and used. The high values would have seen very little usage, as they would really only have been required on very valuable registered items. So it is highly doubtful that more than 5% or 10% of these stamps would have been used during the life of this issue, so the number of total extant used stamps is probably not more than 150 or so of each of the 5/- and 2/6d and maybe …