NIGER COAST 1893 'HALF PENNY.' on 2½d purple/blue, SG33
Niger Coast 1893 (Dec) 'HALF/PENNY.' on 2½d purple/blue, type 9 surcharge in green, Old Calabar provisional, SG33.
A fine and fresh mint example with large part original gum. Slight wrinkle caused by surcharge, but very fine appearance for this issue
A scarce stamp hardly ever seen so fine.
Stanley Gibbons catalogue value: £450.
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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