International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/Nigeria

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  • A former British protectorate, Nigeria gained full independence in 1960. Three provinces broke away from the central government to form the Republic of Biafra in 1967. The provinces returned to Nigeria in January 1970.
  • All stamps have “NIGERIA” in the frank except provisional uses in Biafra.
  • The stamps are grouped according to political conditions at date of initial use:
A - British protectorate, 1950
B - Independent republic, 1960

GROUP A: British protectorate period. All stamps include a crown in the design[edit]

  • Note the two different crown styles:
Nigeria crown types found in stamps.jpg

Nigeria stamp type A1.jpg

A1. Neopost (LV-6?), 1950.

Small upright frank with palm trees at sides and Tudor crown in center.
Value tablet at bottom center flanked by “N” at left and M# at right.
Values seen: (£sd) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg1, 1½, 2, 3, 6, 9, 1/- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
Values seen: (£sd) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg½, 1/9-, 2/6, 3/- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]

Nigeria stamp type A2.jpg

A2. Universal “MultiValue” (MV), 1950.

Large upright design with large-hole simulated perforation border.
Panels at top and sides with Tudor crown at bottom.
M# “U1” in bottom of TM.
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a. Country name chiseled out of top panel and town mark blank. This stamp may have been used in Biafra, or it may be a die proof.

NOTE: Although this stamp is reported to have been in use, the authors have seen only proofs.

Nigeria stamp type A3.jpg

A3. Universal “MultiValue” (MV), 1951.

Large upright design with small-hole simulated perforation border.
Palm trees at sides.
Tudor crown at bottom flanked by “U” at left and M# at right.
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Nigeria stamp type A4.jpg

A4. Universal “MultiValue” (MV).

As Type A3 but with St. Edwards crown.
M# with “U” prefix.
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Nigeria stamp type A5.jpg

A5. Universal “Simplex” (LV-25), 1951. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]

Similar to Type A3 but smaller frank with wider spacing between TM and frank.
Tudor crown, “NIGERIA” letters thick.
M# with “S” prefix.
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ½D to =1/- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgin half pence steps

Nigeria stamp type A6.jpg

A6. Universal “Simplex” (LV-25). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]

As Type A5 but with St. Edward’s crown.
“NIGERIA” letters thin.
M# with “S” prefix.
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ½D to =1/- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgin half pence steps

Nigeria stamp type A7.jpg

A7. Roneo Neopost “Frankmaster 305” (MV), 1951.

Similar in size to Type A4 but wreath of petals at sides.
Top panel in shape of scroll.
Tudor crown at bottom.
M# with “RN” prefix.
TM: DC, BIC, nil
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V/F: (decimal) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000
Nigeria stamp type A7c.jpg
a. Handstamped “BIAFRA”. TM reads “ABA/ NIGERIA” (R 171) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$250, two examples known]
b. Town mark without town name, blank at top, “NIGERIA” at bottom
c. Date and value figures only, without frame and town mark but with slogan identifying the mailer and location MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]

GROUP B: Independent republic. Stamps without crown[edit]

Nigeria stamp type B1.jpg

B1. Neopost “Frankmaster 305” (MV), 1960.

Nearly square open design with palm trees at sides.
M# with “RN” prefix in small panel between palm trees at bottom.
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a. Date only without TM

Nigeria stamp type B2.jpg

B2. Neopost “Frankmaster 305” (MV), 1967. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$250]

As Type B1 but with country name in top panel chiseled out.
This stamp was used in Biafra province for a short time after reunion.
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NOTE: This stamp was probably in use during the years of Biafran secession but examples have not been reported.

Nigeria stamp type B3.jpg

B3. Neopost “205/2205” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Very similar to Type B1 but slightly smaller and spacing between TM and frank much narrower.
M# with “NE” prefix.
V/F (£sd): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg/ 0 –
V/F (decimal): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000

Nigeria stamp type B4.jpg

B4. Roneo Neopost “405/505” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Similar to Types B1 and B3 but frank wider than tall.
M# with “RV” prefix.
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Nigeria stamp type B5.jpg

B5. Pitney Bowes-GB “Automax” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]

Frank with single-line outer frame line with rounded corners, broken at bottom for M#.
M# with “P.B. A” prefix.
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Nigeria stamp type B6.jpg

B6.1. Pitney Bowes-GB “6300” (MV).

Nearly identical to Type B5 except date is not as wide, and the value figures are different.
M# with “P.B. N” prefix.
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Nigeria stamp type B6.2.jpg

B6.2. Pitney Bowes-GB “Simplex” (LV).

As Types B5 and B6.1 except the spacing between the TM and frank is much wider, and the date figures are small.
M# with “P.B. N” prefix.
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Nigeria stamp type B7.jpg

B7. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).

Frank is horizontal rectangle with square corners.
One seen without M# but with unengraved block with “H” prefix at bottom.
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Nigeria stamp type B8.jpg

B8. Neopost “Electronic” (MV), 1997. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]

Nearly square frank with “NIGERIA” and “POSTAGE PAID” vertical at sides outside frame line.
One meter seen with M# “BVN 0001P”.
TM contains “NIPOST” (for Nigeria Post?) at top.
This appears to be either a Post Office stamp or may be for Official use only.
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Nigeria stamp type B9.jpg

B9. Pitney Bowes “6300” (MV).

One poor example seen of a stamp like Type B6 but without palm tree ornaments and with “POSTAGE PAID” stacked at right.
The town mark reads “NIPOST” at top, and this may indicate a Post Office stamp.
TM: DC with broken rims
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Nigeria stamp type B10.jpg

B10. Postalia “MS5/WK4” (MV).

Frank similar to Types A3 and A4 but without the crown.
The palm tree ornaments are more finely detailed.
M# with “PG” prefix centered in bottom panel.
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NOTE: Starting around 1995 the Government of Nigeria banned the use of postage meters because of widespread counterfeiting.

Shown below are typical examples of these counterfeits which nearly always are crude and resemble hand stamps.

Nigeria fake meter stamps.jpg

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