Nigerian Stamps and Postal History

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The Unwatermarked Queen Victoria First Waterlow Issue of Niger Coast Protectorate Part One

The Unwatermarked Queen Victoria First Waterlow Issue of Niger Coast Protectorate Part One

This post is the first in a series that explores all aspects of the First Waterlow Queen Victoria Issue of Niger Coast Protectorate that first appeared in late 1893/early 1894. In this post, I introduce the stamp designs and give both issue dates and quantities for each of the three known printings. Then I provide an overview of the aspects of the issue that will be covered in more detailed posts, including: shade variations, perforation varieties, horizontal and vertical wove papers, sheet numberings, re-entries, plate flaws, cancellations, multiples and covers.
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