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Nigeria

incl. Northern and Southern Nigeria

and Biafra

1st June 1914

- Biafra

British colonies 54, a-b

Africa 30, 30a

NorNig1
SoNig1
Nig1
Northern Nigeria
March 1900
Southern Nigeria
March 1901
Nigeria
1st June 1914
  #1 #1 #1 xxx

Description Date Paper Scott SG § Mi Y&T  
1900 Northern Nigeria perf 14, wmk crown and CA, typo, printed by De La Rue
½ penny lilac and green     1 1      
1d lilac and rose     2 2      
2d lilac and yellow     3 3      
2½d lilac and blue     4 4      
5d lilac and brown     5 5      
6d lilac and violet     6 6      
1 shilling green and black     7 7      
2/6 green and blue     8 8      
10/- green and brown     9 9      
1901 Southern Nigeria perf 14, wmk crown and CA, typo, printed by De La Rue
½ penny yellow-green and black     1 1      
½d yellow-green and sepia 1902   1a 1a      
1d carmine-rose and black     2 2      
1d carmine-rose and sepia 1902   2a 2a      
2d orange-brown and black     3 3      
4d olive-green and black     4 4      
6d red-violet and black     5 5      
1 shilling black and grey-green     6 6      
2/6 brown and black     7 7      
5/- yellow and black     8 8      
10/- violet and black, yellow     9 9      
1914-29 Nigeria perf 14, wmk multiple crown and CA, typo, printed by De La Rue
½ penny green   ord 1 1      
1d carmine-red   ord 2 2      
1d scarlet 1916 ord 2b 2a      
2d grey   ord 3 3      
2d slate grey 1918 ord   3a      
2½d ultra   ord 4 4      
2½d dull blue 1915 ord   4      
3d violet, yellow   cha 5 5      
4d black and red, yellow   cha 6 6      
6d dull violet and red-violet   cha 7 7      
1 shilling black, green 1915 cha 8 8a      
1/- black, emerald   cha 8a 8      
1/- black, blue-green, olive back 1920 cha 8b 8f      
1/- black, emerald, olive back 1921 cha 8c 8e      
2/6 black and red, blue   cha 9 9      
5/- green and red, yellow   cha 10 10      
10/- green and red, green   cha 11 11      
10/- green and red, emerald 1915 cha 11a 11a      
10/- green and red, blue-green, olive back 1917 cha 11b 11b      
10/- green and red, emerald, olive back 1920 cha 11c 11c      
£1 violet and black, red   cha 12 12      
3d violet, yellow   sur 13        
4d black and red, yellow   sur 14        
1/- black, green   sur 15        
1/- black, emerald   sur 15a        
5/- green and red, yellow   sur 16        
10/- green and red, green   sur 17        

Sets of these stamps are shown on a separate page.

Date of issue, where not that of the #1.
Paper: ord= ordinary, cha=chalky, sur=surface-coloured
§ Gibbons lists many more shades and variants that Scott [2]. They are not all shown on the table. The matching of Sc/SG8 and Sc/SG11 variants is approximate.

Nig97
Nig147
Federation
1st October 1960
Republic
1st September 1963
Sc97 SG85 Sc147 SG135

The Nigerias are preceded by Lagos, Niger Coast and Oil Rivers Protectorates and Niger Company Territories.

On 1st January 1900 the territory administered by the Niger Company was split to form the protectorate of Northern Nigeria and the Colony and protectorate of Southern Nigeria, the latter also incorporating part of the Niger Territories. They were united on 1st January 1914 to form Nigeria, also including British Cameroons.

The Federation of Nigeria was formed in 1960. It became a republic in 1963.


Biaf1
1968 SG1

Biafra

Mackay [3] writes, "In 1967 the eastern region seceded from the federation under the name of Biafra and distictive stamps were issued in 1968-9 before the area was overrun by federal forces. The stamps celebrating the first anniversary of independence depicted atrocities allegedly commited by the Nigerian army".

Scott does not list Biafran stamps (2008 catalogue).

Biaf17to21
First anniversary of independence
1968 SG17-21

Sources: ScS [2], SGP1 [1], JM4 [3].

Images from ebay.

FI ref: 355, 361, 447, 695 Page credit: NB

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