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NIGER COAST 1894 '½' on left half of 1d vermilion, SG63

SKU JC3087

Niger Coast 1894 (Aug-Sept) '½' on left half of 1d vermilion, type 15 surcharge in VIOLET, Opobo bisect provisional, tied to piece by crisp 'OPOBO RIVER' circular date stamp, dated 'OC 31 94', SG63.

A very fine used example with most attractive central circular date stamp cancellation.

A very rare piece with only 240 being issued of all three colours.

In May of 1894 British overprinted stamps were replaced with new designs inscribed correctly “NIGER COAST PROTECTORATE” featuring the same portrait of Queen Victoria. These stamps were issued on unwatermarked paper. Also in 1894, there was an expanded need for ½d and 1d stamps and 1d and 2d stamps were overprinted to all bisection of the stamps.

Accompanied with a British Philatelic Association (BPA) certificate of authenticity (2014).

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