NIGER COAST 1893 'HALF PENNY.' on 2½d purple/blue, SG13
Niger Coast 1893 (Dec) 'HALF PENNY.' on 2½d purple/blue, type 4 surcharge in carmine, Old Calabar provisional, SG13.
A fine mint example with large part original gum. A couple of fractionally short perforations, mentioned purely for accuracy and do not detract from overall quality.
Accompanied with a British Philatelic Association (BPA) certificate of authenticity (1981).
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.
The Stanley Gibbons catalogue value is £450.
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