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10 Shillings 1909 Face Proof

10 Shillings 1909 Face Proof

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1 Pound 1909 Face Proof

1 Pound 1909 Face Proof

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10 Shillings and 1 Pound 1909 Back Proof (version 1)

10 Shillings and 1 Pound 1909 Back Proof (version 1)

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10 Shillings and 1 Pound 1909 Back Proof (version 2)

10 Shillings and 1 Pound 1909 Back Proof (version 2)

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5 Pounds 1909 Face Proof

5 Pounds 1909 Face Proof

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10 Pounds 1909 Face Proof

10 Pounds 1909 Face Proof

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5 and 10 Pounds 1909 Back Proof (vesion 1)

5 and 10 Pounds 1909 Back Proof (vesion 1)

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5 and 10 Pounds 1909 Back Proof (vesion 2)

5 and 10 Pounds 1909 Back Proof (vesion 2)

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50 Pounds 1909 Face Proof

50 Pounds 1909 Face Proof

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50 Pounds 1909 Back Proof (version 1)

50 Pounds 1909 Back Proof (version 1)

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50 Pounds 1909 Back Proof (version 2)

50 Pounds 1909 Back Proof (version 2)

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50 Pounds 1909 Back Proof (version 3)

50 Pounds 1909 Back Proof (version 3)

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Southern Nigeria (1900-1914) was ruled by British,and pound sterling was the official currency till 1913. British West African pound was used from 1913-14.

In 1909, there was a proposal to Introduce a new currency for "Southern Nigeria", and the order was given to British Banknotes printing company De La Rue. Unfortunately the work was stopped for unknown reason at the initial designing stage itself and British pounds were continued to use till 1913.

No notes ever issued for Southern Nigeria. The printers archival photographs of proofs, including the five designs for the front of the five proposed denominations, and seven alternate designs for the back, were sold at Spink & Son April 10-12 auctions for 4000 GBP (about $5200).

Courtesy Ram Kumar

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Southern Nigeria was a British protectorate in the coastal areas of modern-day Nigeria formed in 1900 from the union of the Niger Coast Protectorate with territories chartered by the Royal Niger Company below Lokoja on the Niger River.

The Lagos colony was later added in 1906, and the territory was officially renamed the Colony and Protectorate of Southern Nigeria. In 1914, Southern Nigeria was joined with Northern Nigeria Protectorate to form the single colony of Nigeria.

 

 

 

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