Timeline of stamp issuing entities of British West Africa and connected areas

Sierra Leone Protectorate 1859–1956
Gambia Colony and Protectorate 1869–1964
Lagos Colony 1874–1904
Gold Coast 1875–1953
Oil Rivers Protectorate 1892–1893
Niger Coast Protectorate 1894–1897
Northern Nigeria Protectorate 1900–1912
Southern Nigeria Protectorate 1901–1912
Nigeria Colony and Protectorate 1914–1959
Ghana 1957–today
Nigeria 1960–today
Sierra Leone 1961–today
Gambia 1964–today
Biafra State 1968–1970
1860
1870
1880
1890
1900
1910
1920
1930
1940
1950
1960
1970
1980
1990
2000
2010
2020

Stamp issuing entities of British West Africa and connected areas

Name Issued
stamps
Bird
stamps
1859–1956 Sierra Leone Protectorate ≈ 200
1869–1964 Gambia Colony and Protectorate ≈ 200
1874–1904 Lagos Colony ≈ 50
1875–1953 Gold Coast ≈ 200
1892–1893 Oil Rivers Protectorate ≈ 10
1894–1897 Niger Coast Protectorate ≈ 30
1900–1912 Northern Nigeria Protectorate ≈ 50
1901–1912 Southern Nigeria Protectorate ≈ 60
1914–1959 Nigeria Colony and Protectorate ≈ 90
1957–today Ghana
→ see under Ghana
≈ 4 Thousand ≈ 289
1960–today Nigeria
→ see under Nigeria
≈ 700 ≈ 20
1961–today Sierra Leone
→ see under Sierra Leone
≈ 5 Thousand ≈ 461
1964–today Gambia
→ see under Gambia
≈ 501
1968–1970 Biafra State
→ see under Nigeria
≈ 7

About British West Africa

Bibliography

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  • David Horry, “The Postmarks of Nigeria within the King George VI Period, 1937–1953,” Gibbons Stamp Monthly, May 2013: 78-79.

  • Nimrod [pseud.], “Stamp Hunting: Nimrod suggests some stamps worth looking for Northern Nigeria and Southern Nigera,” Gibbons Stamp Monthly, April 2014: 75.