Niger Coast 1893 (Dec) "HALF/PENNY." on 2½d purple/blue, type 9 surcharge in vermilion, Old Calabar provisional, SG31.
A fine mint example with large part original gum. Trace of rubbing, but still a really fine example for this issue.
Very scarce and most surviving examples found are in poor condition.
Stanley Gibbons catalogue value: £650.
The main post office of Niger Coast Protectorate was established at Old Calabar in November 1891. Initially, British postage stamps were used. In July 1892, they were overprinted with "BRITISH / PROTECTORATE / OIL / RIVERS". A pressing need for half penny values in mid-1893 resulted in a variety of surcharges on 2d and 2½d stamps.
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