Lot 101 Northern Nigeria SG#1 1/2d Slate Lilac & Green and Pale Slate Lilac & Green Queen Victoria 1900-1902 Imperium Keyplate Issue, A VFNH Lower Left Margin Corner Pair, 113,640 Issued, SG Cat. 15 GBP = Approximately $25.5 For Fine OG, Est. $45

SKU Lot-101-December-15-2021

A VFNH lower left marginal corner pair from the right pane, with full selvedge and jubilee lines, as well as plate markings, of the 1/2d slate lilac & green and pale slate lilac & green Queen Victoria from the 1900-1902 Imperium Keyplate Issue.

The total number issued in the colony was 113640. Typically the proportion of the quantities printed that the Crown Agents reserved for dealers in London varied from between 1/2% and 3% of the total printed, when we look at issues from the King George V period, when such records were kept. Because of the warm and humid tropical climate in West Africa, very few of the mint stamps sent over there would survive in fresh mint condition, so most of the fresh examples on the market will have come from London based dealer stocks. This allows you to gain some valuable perspective as to the true scarcity of these stamps, which the catalogue values do not always reflect. The $3, $4 and $5 Columbians from the US, issued in 1893, and the $1-$5 Canadian Diamond Jubilees issued in 1897 were all issued in quantities between 13,500 and 27,650. These stamps sell nowadays for several thousand dollars each when VFOG or VFNH typically. To take less extreme examples of more common Canadian stamps, consider the 20c Quebec Tercentenary, the $1 Parliament and the $1 Champlain. These were issued in quantities of 304,200, 561,000 and 818,000, and they typically sell for between $25 and $150 for VFOG and double for NH. This is our main reason for our conclusion that these stamps are significantly undervalued in Gibbons.

Stanley Gibbons values a fine OG pair at 15 pounds, which at today's exchange rate is approximately $25.5. Typically NH material from this time period for most countries sells for premiums of 150-200% and more in some cases. Based on these observations, our estimate of the value is $45.

The pair offered here grades 84 as follows:

Centering/Margins: 54/70
Paper freshness: 5/5
Colour: 5/5
Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5
Perforations: 10/10