NIGER COAST 1893 'HALF PENNY.' on 2½d purple/blue, SG32
Niger Coast 1893 (Dec) "HALF PENNY." on 2½d purple/blue, type 9 surcharge in blue, Old Calabar provisional, SG32.
A fine used example with light Old Calabar River circular date stamp, in blackish violet dated "AP 9 94".
A rare stamp and particularly challenging to find in such fine condition.
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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