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Encyclopedia > Southern Nigeria Protectorate

Southern Nigeria was a British protectorate in the coastal areas of modern-day Nigeria, formed in 1900 from union of the Niger Coast Protectorate with territories chartered by the Royal Niger Company below Lokoja on the Niger River. A protectorate is, in international law, a political entity (a sovereign state or a less developed native polity, such as a tribal chiefstainship or feudal princely state) that formally agrees (voluntarily or under pressure) by treaty to enter into an unequal relationship with another, stronger state, called the protector, which... 1900 (MCM) was an exceptional common year starting on Monday. ... The Niger Coast Protectorate was a British protectorate in the Oil Rivers area of present-day Nigeria, originally established as the Oil Rivers Protectorate in 1891, renamed on 12 May 1893, and merged with the chartered territories of the Royal Niger Company on 1 January 1900 to form the colony... The Royal Niger Company was a mercantile company chartered by the British government in the nineteenth century. ... Lokoja is the capital city of Kogi State located in central Nigeria. ... Map of Niger River with Niger River basin in green. ...


The colony around Lagos was added in 1906, and the territory was officially renamed the Colony and Protectorate of Southern Nigeria. View of Lagos Island Lagos is the largest city in Nigeria. ... 1906 (MCMVI) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ...

1-shilling value of the 1901 stamp series
1-shilling value of the 1901 stamp series

In 1914, Southern Nigeria was joined with Northern Nigeria to form the single colony of Nigeria. Image File history File links Stamp_Southern_Nigeria_1901_1sh. ... Image File history File links Stamp_Southern_Nigeria_1901_1sh. ... 1914 (MCMXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... Northern Nigeria was a British formed in 1900 from the interior territories of the Royal Niger Company, north from about where the Niger River and Benin River joined at Lokoja. ...


Postage stamps

Initially using the postage stamps of the Coast Protectorate, in March 1901 a set of nine values, depicting Queen Victoria in a 3/4 portrait, went on sale. The Queen was soon succeeded by her son Edward VII, necessitating a new issue of stamps, which came out in 1903. The design, a profile of the King, continued in use throughout his reign, with changes of color, watermark and paper. The 1d. value was redrawn in 1910, and is distinguishable by the "1" in "1d" being thinner, while the "d" is taller and broader. A selection of Hong Kong postal stamps A postage stamp is evidence of pre-paying a fee for postal services. ... 1901 (MCMI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria) (24 May, 1819 – 22 January, 1901) was the eminent Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June, 1837, and Empress of India from 1 January, 1877, until her death in 1901. ... Edward VII (Albert Edward) (9 November 1841–6 May 1910) was King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, King of the Commonwealth Realms, and the Emperor of India. ... 1903 (MCMIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... -1...

One-penny value of 1907 color change of the 1903 design, used in 1908 at Calabar
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One-penny value of 1907 color change of the 1903 design, used in 1908 at Calabar

In 1912, the vignette was replaced with a portrait of George V, for a set of 12, with values ranging from 1/2d. to 1 Pound. Location of Calabar in Nigeria Calabar is a city in south eastern Nigeria. ... 1912 (MCMXII) was a leap year starting on Monday in the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday in the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... George V (George Frederick Ernest Albert) (3 June 1865–20 January 1936) was the last British monarch of the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, changing the name to the House of Windsor in 1917. ...


The lower values of these stamps are inexpensive, while the Shilling values range up to US$100, with genuinely used stamps being worth more than unused. The rarest stamp is the 1 Pound value of 1903, priced at around US$300 used.


 
 

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