The Western African nation of Nigeria is on the Gulf of Guinea and shares borders with Benin to the west, Niger and Chad to the north, and Cameroon to the east. Nigeria was a British Crown Colony and protectorate from January 1, 1914 until it became an independent country within the Commonwealth on October 1, 1960. Four different official seal designs have been recorded to date.

Catalog: Drummond OS2

Date issued: Unknown, EKU August 6, 1942

Printing: Black on cream

Perforation: Imperforate

Inscription: "Found Open at...and officially sealed by...," with ""G.P., Lagos." at lower left

Control Number: "P. & T. Pmr.'s 31." at upper right

Description: Double censored 1942 registered cover from Accra, Gold Coast to Ibadan, forwarded to Lagos, where it was repaired with three Nigerian seals.

Catalog: Drummond OS4

Date issued: Unknown, EKU December 16, 1984

Printing: Black

Perforation: Imperforate

Inscription: Circular "DEPARTMENT OF POSTS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS / NIGERIA" logo with "Found Open at..." "and officially Sealed by..." below

Control Number: Partial "P 4..." at upper right

Description: 1984 cover from Gombe, Nigeria to Mazenod, Lesotho reclosed at left with single Nigerian seal. The letter was compulsorily registered, and probably delayed due to wait for payment of additional required postage. It finally reached its destination over eight months later.

Courtesy of Jim Drummond by permission.

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