Proofs and Specimens of Liberia 1860 - 1960

This page contains a loose collection of essays, proofs and specimens of Liberian stamps issued through 1960. About the terminology: essays either show stamp designs that were never used or designs that were used but altered for the final stamp; proofs, whether taken from the whole plate or directly from the single die, always show the final design or parts of it – but often in a different “trial” color and printed on different paper, e.g. cardboard – however, they can also have gum and be perforated like a normal stamp; specimens are the finished stamps as issued, but with overprint to indicate they are meant for distribution to postal authorities or sent as examples to the Universal Postal Union. From this it should be clear that the “Waterlow specimens” of the first pictorial issue printed in trial colors are really proofs.
While usually being produced for demonstration purposes only – the one thing essays, proofs and specimens have in common is that none of them are valid for postage – it is probable that at least some of the material on this page was created for the collectors market, just like quite a few of the so called “error stamps” are not really the result of an accident. And sometimes it can be impossible to correctly categorize an item. A gummed, perforated stamp showing the frame only: is it a proof, an honest mistake, or just a philatelic swindle?

  • Allegory of Liberia 1860-1880

    lithographed by T. F. Todhunter, London on unwatermarked very thin to almost prelure white wove or silky (rare) paper paper, imperforate.

    • Type IV 1867 proofs

      • SG10_proof_black
        1867
      • SG10_proof_blue
        1867
      • SG10_proof_green
        1867
      • SG11_proof_black
        1867
      • SG11_proof_green
        1867
      • SG11_proof_red
        1867
      • SG12_proof_black
        1867
      • SG12_proof_blue
        1867
      • SG12_proof_red
        1867
    • defaced die proofs

      engraved by T. F. Todhunter, London on unwatermarked paper paper, imperforate.

      • 16_defaced_proof_black_thin_paper
        mid 20th century
      • 16_defaced_proof_blue_thin_paper
        mid 20th century
      • 17_defaced_proof_black_thin_paper
        mid 20th century
      • 17_defaced_proof_red_thin_paper
        mid 20th century
      • 18_defaced_proof_black_thin_paper
        mid 20th century
      • 18_defaced_proof_yellow_thin_paper
        mid 20th century
      • 19_defaced_proof_black_thin_paper
        mid 20th century
      • 19_defaced_proof_red_thin_paper
        mid 20th century
      • 20_defaced_proof_black_thin_paper
        mid 20th century
      • 20_defaced_proof_magenta_thin_paper
        mid 20th century
      • 16_defaced_proof_black
        mid 20th century
      • 16_defaced_proof_aquamarine
        mid 20th century
      • 17_defaced_proof_black
        mid 20th century
      • 17_defaced_proof_pink
        mid 20th century
      • 18_defaced_proof_black
        mid 20th century
      • 18_defaced_proof_red
        mid 20th century
      • 19_defaced_proof_black
        mid 20th century
      • 19_defaced_proof_blue
        mid 20th century
      • 20_defaced_proof_black
        mid 20th century
      • 20_defaced_proof_green
        mid 20th century