NIGER COAST 1893 'HALF PENNY.' on 2½d purple/blue, SG31
Niger Coast 1893 (Dec) 'HALF PENNY' on 2½d purple/blue, type 9 surcharge in vermilion, Old Calabar provisional, SG31.
A very fine used example, tied to small piece by very fine 'OLD CALABAR RIVER' circular date stamp in blackish violet, dated 'MR 16 94'. One shortish perforation mentioned for accuracy.
A most attractive and extremely scarce stamp to find used.
Stanley Gibbons catalogue value: £750.
The main post office of Niger Coast Protectorate was established at Old Calabar in November 1891. Initially, British postage stamps were used. In July 1892, they were overprinted with "BRITISH / PROTECTORATE / OIL / RIVERS". A pressing need for half penny values in mid-1893 resulted in a variety of surcharges on 2d and 2½d stamps.
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