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Niger Territory

December 1921

French Colony 40

Africa 19

  #1 xxx

perf 13½x14, no wmk
Printed at the Govt. Printing Works, Paris.

Description   Scott SG Mi Y&T  
Overprinted on Upper Senegal and Niger
1 centime violet and grey-purple   1 1      
other values 2c to 5 francs   2-17 2-17      

Niger was part of French Sudan from 1894 to 1899. When that was broken up in 1899 it became part of Senegambia and Niger and in 1904 Upper Senegal and Niger. In December 1920, Upper Senegal reverted to French Sudan, Niger Territory was created and became a French colony in October 1922.

Niger issued its own stamps from 1921 to 1942 and from 1944 to 1959 used those of French West Africa.

Niger became an autonomous republic in December 1958 and fully independent in August 1960.

1960 Sc91 SG100 1959 Sc97 SG107 1962 Sc107 SG99

The first set of stamps was issued over a few years: only the 25fr value depicting giraffes was issued in 1959; the 1fr value (first of the set in Scott [1]) in 1960. Gibbons [2] includes two 1962 issues and starts the set with the rather sweet 50c Sc107 SG99.