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The Overprinted Great Britain Issues Of Niger Coast Protectorate 1892-1894 Part Two

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This week's post continues my exploration of the first issue of the Niger Coast Protectorate, which consisted of the overprinted stamps of Great Britain. One very interesting aspect to these issues which is a study in and of itself concerns the constant varieties that can be found in the Oil Rivers overprint that was used on the stamps. In addition to constant varieties that can be found in the letters of the overprint itself, there were also variations in the exact length of the words used in the overprint.

These differences will be the focus of today's post.

How the Overprint Was Produced and Variations in Size

There were two plates used to overprint the stamps. Each plate had a setting of 60 overprints. The 1/2d and 1d stamps were issued in sheets of 240 stamps. So each sheet had to be run through the presses twice in order to ensure overprinting of all 240 stamps. The 2d, 2.5d ad 1/- stamps were printed in sheets of 120, so they only required one run through the presses, w…

The Overprinted Great Britain Issues Of Niger Coast Protectorate 1892-1894 Part One

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This week I start on a whole new territory: the Niger Coast Protectorate, which issued its own stamps from July 1892 until the Protectorate amalgamated with Niger Company Territories to become Southern Nigeria in 1901.

My first series of posts on this very interesting Protectorate will deal with the very first issue, which consisted of six contemporary stamps of Great Britain that were overprinted for use in the Protectorate. The stamps in question were the 1/2d, 1d, 2d , 2.5d, 5d and 1/- stamps of the then current Queen Victoria Jubilee issue.

Two printings were made of each of these stamps, with the total quantity issued of each value being as follows:


1/2d vermilion: 50,000 stamps.1d lilac: 50,000 stamps.2d green and carmine: 42,000 stamps.2.5d purple on blue: 42,000 stamps.5d purple and ultramarine: 36,000 stamps.1/- dull green: 10,000 stamps. The first printings were distributed equally to six post offices: Benin River, Brass River, Old Calabar River, Bonny River, Opobo River and…