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  Liberia #1  

Perf 12, no watermark, lithographed.
Printed by Dando, Todhunter and Smith, London

Description Scott # S.G. # Mi# Y&T#
6 cents red 1 1    
12c deep blue 2 2    
24c green 3 3    


In 1860, Liberia and Ethiopia (1895) were the only African countries not under the control of overseas powers. They are therefore the exceptions in the Africa category.

Mackay [1] notes the similarity in design to the Britannia British coinage of the time and attributes this to the fact that the stamps were produced in London. The design was used until 1881 with additional values being introduced in 1880.

1. James Mackay, The World of Classic Stamps, 1972
Gibbons Commonwealth and British Empire Stamps 1840-52, 106th edn., 2003
Scott Classic, 10th edn., 2003

Image from David Olson.

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