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The Unwatermarked Queen Victoria First Waterlow Issue of Niger Coast Protectorate Part Two

Today's post will explore the 1/2d vermilion stamp from this series in detail.


I have found the following perforations:

15.1 15.1 x 14.513.9 x 14 x 14.15 x 14.114.1 x 14 x 14 x 13.6;14.314 x 14.25 14 x 14.1 x 14.1 x 14.2513.9 x 14 x 14.25 x 1415.1 x 14.7514.1 x 14.25 14.1 x 1413.9 x 14.115 15 x 14.9 14.7 x 14.814.514.9 x 14.7 13.914.5 x 13.914.9 x 14.515 x 14.414.91414 x 14.1 x 13.9 x 14.2514.9 x 14.615 x 14.614.4 x 14.1 x 14.1 x 14.414.114.5 x 14.114.1 x 13.914.25 x 14.114.1 x 13.7514.1 x 13.75 x 14.1 x 14.114.1 x 15; 13.75 14.2514 x 13.7513.75 x 14.25 The most common of these are the perf. 15, 15 x 14.9 and 14.1. There are several where the perforation is different on more than 2 sides. There are always scarce, with usually just one example. There are two compound perforations in this the gauge changes part way down a side. So for example 14.1 x 15;13.75 means that the top and bottom are perf. 14.1, while the top part of the side margins is 15, the gauge changes to 1…

The Unwatermarked Queen Victoria First Waterlow Issue of Niger Coast Protectorate Part One

Today's post marks the beginning of a new series of posts devoted to the first of three issues that Waterlow and Sons produced for the Niger Coast Protectorate, before it became part of Southern Nigeria in 1900.

The first of these issues is unwatermarked and is unique in the sense that it is essentially an overprinted set in which the overprint has been incorporated into the design. The stamps were originally inscribed "Oil Rivers", which was the name previously given to the protectorate. However, by the time the stamp designs were ready for production, the name of the protectorate had changed to "The Niger Coast Protectorate". So, rather than produce completely new designs, the existing designs were altered to obliterate the words "Oil Rivers" and to add the words "Niger Coast". The alterations were done so well, that the stamps look as if they were originally designed this way.

This is a reasonably complicated issue, and so today's po…

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

This week will be my last post about the overprinted issues of Great Britain that were produced for use in the Niger Coast Protectorate. This week, I will look at some larger mint multiples of the overprinted issues, as well as the provisional surcharges that were issued at Old Calabar and Opobo between September and December 1893.

These surcharges together constitute one of the most elusive and expensive areas in all of British Commonwealth Philately. A staggering 38 basic provisional surcharges were produced, and some of these list in Gibbons for up to £140,000 each. In addition to the basic Gibbons listed numbers, most of these surcharges exist in different orientations from the normal setting, so vertical, inverted, diagonal etc., as well as doubled. Most of these are insanely rare, with fewer than a dozen examples known in most cases. The main reason for the immense rarity of these surcharges is that each stamp in a typical sheet of 60 received a slightly different surcharge, an…