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Postage stamps and postal history of the Northern Nigeria Protectorate


Postage stamps and postal history of the Northern Nigeria Protectorate

Two Victorian stamps of the Northern Nigeria Protectorate.

This is a survey of the postage stamps and postal history of the Northern Nigeria Protectorate.

Postage stamps were issued specifically for the Northern Nigeria Protectorate beginning in March 1890. All stamps of the Northern Nigeria Protectorate are definitive issues of a Key Plate design, differing in the sovereign depicted, type of paper, watermarks, and choice of colored or colorless numerals for the denomination.

The first series consisted of nine stamps with values ranging from 1/2 pence to 10 shillings, depicting Queen Victoria. The second series, consisting of identical denominations, but in slightly different colors was issued on July 1, 1902, depicting King Edward VII. Unusually, a £25 stamp was issued in April 1904. This was really intended as a revenue stamp, it being nearly impossible to invent a piece of mail needing so much postage. It was used to pay for imported liquor licences. It is the great rarity of philately with copies commanding a high price. The King Edward series was reissued in 1905 in eight denominations, and again in 1910-11 in eleven denominations.

The final series of stamps for the Northern Nigeria Protectorate was a series of thirteen denominations depicting King George V.

Stamps of Northern Nigeria were replaced by those of Nigeria in 1914.


  • Borgu local post 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • Further reading 4

Borgu local post

1905 Borgu 1d local stamp with stamps of Northern Nigeria used on piece via Zungeru.

A local post briefly existed at

  • Proud, Ted. The Postal History of Nigeria. Heathfield, Sussex: Proud Bailey, 1995. ISBN 1-872465-17-X

Further reading

  1. ^ "Northern Nigeria: The Illo Canceller and Borgu Mail" by Ray Harris in Cameo, Vol. 14, No. 3, Whole No. 90, October 2013, pp. 158-160.


See also


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