NIGER COAST 1893 'HALF-PENNY' on 2½d purple/blue, SG12
Niger Coast 1893 (Dec) 'HALF-PENNY' on 2½d purple/blue, type 4 surcharge in vermilion, Old Calabar provisional, SG12.
A fresh and fine mint example with large part original gum.
A rare stamp, hardly ever seen in unused 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.
Accompanied with a British Philatelic Association (BPA) certificate of authenticity (1987).
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