Less could be best? – Part 1

By in Monkeys, Philately on January 20, 2016
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NigeriaOne of the biggest frustrations for many stamp collectors is the enormous amount of new issues. The question can then become: “How much of my ready cash do I spend on new stamps and how much should I spend on old items that will give me a more varied collection?” However, there are still countries in the year 2016 with very modest issuance programmes.

Lithuanian agency-produced stamps

Lithuanian agency-produced stamps

The huge flow of new stamps from countries such as Niger, Congo, St. Thomas, Maldives, Guinea etc., is not produced by their postal administrations, but by an agency from Lithuania, which has acquired licences to release them from government ministers from those countries who possibly profit from the arrangement. It is therefore quite remarkable that a country in Africa rather notorious for corruption has one of the most conservative stamp issue programmes in the world. We are talking about Nigeria.

nigeria stamps

Nigeria has around 150 million inhabitants and its population is the largest in Africa

In 1914 the merging of North and South Nigeria formed the British Crown Colony of Nigeria. In turn, Nigeria gained its independence in 1960.

nigeria stamos 1960

If we look at what has happened since 1914, we see that the country has made less than 1,000 stamp issues. Also in recent years, Nigeria has certainly not been extravagant, as seen below.

nigeria stamps 2002

2002: three series, a total of 12 stamps

2003: 5 series, in total 14 stamps and 2 blocks
2004: 2 series, in total 6 stamps and 2 blocks
2005: 3 series, in total 8 stamps and 1 block

Nigeria stamps 2005

2006: 7 series, in total 18 stamps and 1 block
2007: 3 series – 9 stamps and 2 blocks
2008: 4 series – 11 stamps and 2 blocks

Nigeria Stamps 2008

2009: 2 series, in total 3 stamps
2010: 5 series, in total: 14 stamps
2011: 4 series, in total 9 stamps

Nigeria 2011

Virtually all postal authority spending is seriously considered and related to what is happening in Nigeria – with not too many stamp issues and concerning important subjects. This makes it relatively affordable for the collector. In recent years, a subscription for new issues has cost less than fifteen euros per year (most years even less than ten). In short, Nigeria is a very interesting and fine collectible country.

Nigeria postage stamps

The images placed between the text are of past-released series from Nigeria Postal Service.

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