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1874 Queen Victoria

2 p blue 3 p brown 6 p green 6 p olive 1 Sh orange 10 Sh green and brown

  1/2 p green
  1 p lilac
  1 p red
  2 p blue
  2 p grey
  2 p lilac and blue
  2 1/2 p blue
  3 p brown
  3 p lilac and orange
  4 p red
  4 p lilac
  4 p lilac and black
  5 p lilac and green
  6 p green
  6 p olive
  6 p lilac
  6 p lilac and red
  7 1/2 p lilac and red
  10 p lilac and yellow
  1 Sh orange
  1 Sh green and black
  2 Sh 6 p olive
  2 Sh 6 p green and red
  5 Sh blue
  5 Sh green and blue
  10 Sh brown
  10 Sh green and brown

Surcharged

'HALF PENNY' on 4 p lilac and black

  'HALF PENNY' and bar on 4 p lilac and black

For the specialist: two types of watermark exist for this issue, 'CA Crown' (1882) and 'CC Crown' (1874). The stamps with CC watermark exist in two types of perforation: 12 1/2 and 14, the CA types is always perforated 14.

6 p olive, watermark crown and CA

The printing was done in two times; the value was printed sererately. Therefore colour differences between the value and the rest of the stamp frequently occur as in the next stamp:

2 p blue
('TWO PENCE' lighter than the rest of the stamp)

The 1 Sh orange exists in two types; the word 'ONE SHILLING' measures 16 1/2 mm in the first types and 15 1/2 mm in the second.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks

Watermark 'CC Crown', perforation 12 1/2 (1874)

1 p lilacRRRR 
2 p blueRRRR 
3 p brownRRRR 
4 p redRRRR 
6 p green RRRR 
1 Sh orangeRRRRRBoth types
Watermark 'CC Crown', perforation 14 (1876)
1 p lilacRRR 
2 p blueRRR 
3 p brownRRRR 
4 p redRRR 
6 p greenRRR 
1 Sh orangeRRRRROnly one type
Watermark 'CA Crown', perforation 14 (1882)
1/2 p ** 
1 p lilacRRR 
1 p red** 
2 p blueRRRR 
2 p greyRRR 
2 p lilac and blue****** 
2 1/2 p **** 
3 p brownRRRR 
3 p lilac and orange ****** 
4 p redRRRR 
4 p lilacRRRR 
4 p lilac and black****** 
5 p****** 
6 p olive****** 
6 p lilac****** 
6 p lilac and redRR1903
7 1/2 p****** 
10 p****** 
1 Sh orange****** 
1 Sh green and black ****** 
2 Sh 6 p oliveRRRRRR 
2 Sh 6 p green and red RRRR 
5 Sh blueRRRRRR 
5 Sh green and blueRRRR 
10 Sh brown RRRRRR 
10 Sh green and brown RRRR 
1/2 p on 4 p******With double surcharge: RR

Typical cancels 'L' and bars:

2 p blue


(Other cancels)

Forgeries, example:

Forgery!
(Forgery!)

I have also seen the values 3 p brown. 6 p green and 6 p olive of the same forgery. Note the strange perforation (very sharp teeth). It appears as if an impressed watermark has been used on the above forgery (can even be seen from the front). Quite probably the 1 p lilac and 4 p red have also been forged by the same forger, I've seen pictures of those with forged watermark but with 'normal' perforation.The next forgery of Malta seems to have been made by the same forger (it also has the impressed watermark and the very sharp teeth in the perforation):


(Forgery of Malta, probably made by the same forger)

The next forgery has an outline on the nose of the Queen (not present in the genuine stamps). Also compare the position of the 'P' of 'PENNY' and the 'T' of 'POSTAGE' with a genuine stamp:

I know that Sperati has made forgeries of the values 2 Sh 6 p olive, 5 Sh blue and 10 Sh brown. I don't know the distinguishing characteristics of these forgeries, if anybody does, please contact me!


(Blackprint of a Sperati forgery, the value seems to have been forged seperately by him, as the 5 Sh shows on top of this image)

 

1904 King Edward

1/2 p green 2 1/2 p lilac and blue on blue 3 p lilac and orange1 Sh green and black and 6 p lilac 2 Sh 6 p green and red

  1/2 p green
  1 p lilac and black on red
  2 p lilac and blue
  2 1/2 p lilac and blue on blue
  3 p lilac and orange
  6 p lilac
  1 Sh green and black
  2 Sh 6 p green and red
  5 Sh green and blue
  10 Sh green and brown

For the specialist: two types of watermark were used, 'CA Crown' and 'Multiple CA Crown'. The perforation is 14.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks

Watermark 'CA Crown' (1904)

1/2 p****** 
1 p**** 
2 p R*** 
2 1/2 p****** 
3 p ****** 
6 p RRR 
1 Sh RRRR 
2 Sh 6 pRRRR 
5 Sh RRRR 
10 ShRRRRRR 
Watermark 'Multiple CA Crown' (1904)
1/2 p** 
1 p*** 
2 p ***** 
2 1/2 p****** 
3 p ****** 
6 p ****** 
1 Sh R*** 
2 Sh 6 pRRRR 
5 Sh RRRR 
10 ShRRRR 

With German mailboat cancel:


(With cancel 'Deutsche seepost linie Hamburg Westafrika')

 

From 1906 on the stamps of Southern Nigeria were used (as it was incorporated in Southern Nigeria in February of this year).


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