Nigeria 1973 definitive postage stamps – pt. III

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And moving forth with Nigerian definitive stamps of 1973, here are the most commonly met values of 5 and 10 kip. Based on my limited experience, these seem to be also the ones with most varieties.

5K Cattle Ranching

This stamp exist both in photogravure (unwatermarked) and offset printing (both unwatermarked and watermarked paper).

1973 Nigeria - Cattle ranching, 5k definitive postage stamp. On top photogravure, below offset print. Notice the differences in lenght of printer inscription and the black fill on cows left leg.

1973 Nigeria - Cattle ranching, 5k definitive postage stamp. On top photogravure, below offset print. Notice the differences in lenght of printer inscription and the black fill on cows left leg.

According to Michel the photogravure version is found on two varieties: dark and yellow green fields. However, I’ve got an offset stamp with yellow field :shock:

1973. Nigeria - Cattle ranching, 5k definitive postage stamp. Offset stamp with yellow field. Not sure if this an error, or if the catalogues are simply wrong?

1973. Nigeria - Cattle ranching, 5k definitive postage stamp. Offset stamp with yellow field. Not sure if this an error, or if the catalogues are simply wrong?

And here’s some heavy printing on photogravure stamp. Notice how the details of grass and cattle have merged into shapeless mass, and the manufacturer inscription at the bottom in unreadable:

1973. Nigeria - Cattle ranching, 5k definitive postage stamp. Offset stamp with heavy print variety.

1973. Nigeria - Cattle ranching, 5k definitive postage stamp. Offset stamp with heavy print variety.

10K Yankari Game Reserve

This stamp exist both in photogravure (unwatermarked) and offset printing (both unwatermarked and watermarked paper). According to Michel the photogravure stamp comes in two varieties, where the right side cheetah has either white or black belly fur.

1973 Nigeria - Yankari game reserve, 10k definitive postage stamp. On top photogravure, below offset print. Again these prints have same set of characteristics (different length of imprint at the bottom of stamp, and varying level of black details).

1973 Nigeria - Yankari game reserve, 10k definitive postage stamp. On top photogravure, below offset print. Again these prints have same set of characteristics (different length of imprint at the bottom of stamp, and varying level of black details).

And then for the varieties I’ve stumbled upon. First, here’s an offset stamp with damaged letter “E” (in inscription “YANKARI GAME RESERVE”). Also the other letters in word RESERVE seem a bit mixed up.

1973 Nigeria - Yankari game reserve, 10k definitive postage stamp. Variety with damaged letter E.

1973 Nigeria - Yankari game reserve, 10k definitive postage stamp. Variety with damaged letter E.

And then another offset variety where black has been printed below other colors:

1973 Nigeria - Yankari game reserve, 10k definitive postage stamp.  Variety: black printed below other colors.

1973 Nigeria - Yankari game reserve, 10k definitive postage stamp. Variety: black printed below other colors.

Based on the limited samples I have, I’d say that 10k stamp has got likely the most color variations in this series. Below is one example:

1973 Nigeria - Yankari game reserve, 10k definitive postage stamp. Color variation on offset stamp.

1973 Nigeria - Yankari game reserve, 10k definitive postage stamp. Color variation on offset stamp.

And here’s another slightly different looking pair. Put special notice on the latter stamp, and especially on the tree where cheetah is standing. A lot of the (black) details have mysteriously vanished:

1973 Nigeria - Yankari game reserve, 10k definitive postage stamp. Color variation on offset stamps. Put special notice on the details of tree where cheetahs are standing.

1973 Nigeria - Yankari game reserve, 10k definitive postage stamp. Color variation on offset stamps. Put special notice on the details of tree where cheetahs are standing.

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