Niger Coast 1893 ½d on 2½d purple/blue, SG25
Niger Coast 1893 (Dec) 'Half Penny' on 2½d purple/blue, type 8 surcharge in vermilion, Old Calabar provisional, SG25.
A very fine mint example with original gum.
A very scarce stamp, particular in such quality.
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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