Southern Nigeria Stamps

The Stamps of Southern Nigeria

The first stamps of Southern Nigeria were put on sale sometime around March 1900. A unique design which included the Heinrich von Angeli head of Queen Victoria, there was considerable delay in printing these stamps partially due to a change of printers from Waterlow to De La Rue. Happily this has given stamp collectors more proofs, essays and artwork than might normally be the case.The same frame design was used for all the King Edward VII sets, albeit with a new portrait and the De L Rue Universal Key Plate design only being used in 1912 for Southern Nigerias last set. There are no significant rarities in Southern Nigeria’s basic stamps however the complete stamp booklets, especially the 1914 2s.1d are all very scarce or rare. The postal history and postmarks are highly sought after including the early use of the Niger Coast Protectorate until the first stamps eventually arrived, and the using- up of excess Lagos stamps.