Stamps of Liberia 1860 - 1996

In this section you can find all basic stamps and souvenir sheets issued by Liberia through 1996. If should be seen as a help for identification; therefore, stamps are organized mainly by design regardless of catalog number or intended purpose, meaning that regular, official and airmail stamps including surcharges are grouped together.
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Below each stamp are given its Scott catalog number to the left, date of issue to the right, and information about the catalog value in the middle (mint - used). Values are mainly based on Scott and Michel 2012 catalogs, and are coded by falling into one of ten price ranges, indicated by the number of diamonds: ” = below 30c, ♦♦” = 30c..99c, ♦♦♦” = $1..$2.99, ♦♦♦♦” = $3..$9.99, ♦♦♦♦♦” = $10..$29, ♦♦♦♦♦♦” = $30..$99, ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦” = $100..$299, ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦” = $300..$999, ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦” = $1000..$2999, ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦” = $3000 and above. Catalog prices for many Liberian stamps are dubious, but at least this should give you a hint if some stamp is waste paper or your ticket to Rio!

Stamp images have a resolution of 150 dpi, except for souvenir sheets which have 100 dpi. Thus, on the average 96 dpi monitor souvenir sheets will show close to their natural size, while stamps are enlarged by 50 percent.

Crosses and Circles watermark Crosses and Circles
Rosette watermark Rosette
Watermarks
In general, Liberia's classic postage stamps were printed on paper without dedicated watermark – some are known with paper-makers watermark – but there are two exceptions: most of the early Waterlow & Sons issues are watermarked “Rosette” (not the triangle stamps), and all issues printed in Germany are watermarked “Crosses and Circles”.
  • First Pictorials 1892-1905 and surcharges

    engraved by Waterlow & Sons, Ltd., on paper watermarked a "rosette", and usually perforated 14-15½ (some stamps known 12-16), except for the 5c triangle stamp which only exists unwatermarked and imperforate or rouletted.
    • regular issue

      • 33
        1892, Sept. 1
        ♦♦
      • 33a
        1892, Sept. 1
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦ - 
      • 54
        1896, Dec.
        ♦♦♦ - ♦♦
      • 54a
        1896, Dec.
        ♦♦♦ - ♦♦
      • 55
        1900
        ♦♦♦
      • 56
        1905
        ♦♦♦♦ - ♦♦♦
      • 34
        1892, Sept. 1
        ♦♦
      • 34a
        1892, Sept. 1
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦ - 
      • 57
        1896, Dec.
        ♦♦♦♦ - ♦♦♦
      • 58
        1900
        ♦♦♦♦ - ♦♦♦
      • 59
        1905
        ♦♦♦♦ - ♦♦♦
      • 35
        1892, Sept. 1
        ♦♦♦♦ - ♦♦♦
      • 35a
        1892, Sept. 1
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ - 
      • 99
        1904
        ♦♦♦♦
      • 99d
        1904
        ♦♦♦♦♦ - 
      • 99e
        1904
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦ - 
      • 52
        1894
        ♦♦♦♦
      • 53
        1894
        ♦♦♦♦♦ - ♦♦♦♦
      • 60
        1896, Dec.
        ♦♦♦♦ - ♦♦♦
      • 60a
        1896, Dec.
        ♦♦♦
      • 61
        1900
        ♦♦♦♦
      • 62
        1905
        ♦♦♦♦
      • 62a
        1905
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ - 
      • 36
        1892, Sept. 1
        ♦♦♦ - ♦♦
      • 50
        1893
        ♦♦♦
      • 50a
        1893
        ♦♦♦♦
      • 50b
        1893
        ♦♦♦♦
      • 50c
        1893
        ♦♦♦♦♦
      • 50d
        1893
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • 98
        1904
        ♦♦
      • 98a
        1904
        ♦♦♦♦
      • 98b
        1904
        ♦♦♦♦
      • 98c
        1904
        ♦♦♦♦♦
      • 98d
        1904
        ♦♦♦♦♦
      • 98e
        1904
        ♦♦♦♦
      • 98e_both_flags_short
        1904
      • 98_rear_ovpt
        1904
      • 37
        1892, Sept. 1
        ♦♦♦
      • 37a
        1892, Sept. 1
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • 38
        1896, Dec.
        ♦♦♦ - ♦♦
      • 39
        1892, Sept. 1
        ♦♦♦
      • 40
        1896, Dec.
        ♦♦♦ - ♦♦
      • 41
        1892, Sept. 1
        ♦♦♦♦ - ♦♦♦
      • 41a
        1892, Sept. 1
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ - 
      • 95
        1903
        ♦♦♦♦
      • 42
        1896, Dec.
        ♦♦♦♦ - ♦♦♦
      • 43
        1892, Sept. 1
        ♦♦♦
      • 96
        1903
        ♦♦♦♦
      • 44
        1896, Dec.
        ♦♦♦
      • 45
        1896, Dec.
        ♦♦♦♦
      • 100
        1904
        ♦♦♦♦♦
      • 46
        1892, Sept. 1
        ♦♦♦♦
      • 46a
        1892, Sept. 1
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ - 
      • 97
        1903
        ♦♦♦♦ - ♦♦♦♦♦
      • 63
        1896, Dec.
        ♦♦♦♦
      • 47
        1892, Sept. 1
        ♦♦♦♦♦
      • 47a
        1892, Sept. 1
        ♦♦♦♦♦
      • 91
        1902
        ♦♦♦♦♦
      • 91a
        1902
        ♦♦♦♦♦
      • 91b
        1902
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • 92
        1902
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ - 
      • 75c on $1
        blue & black [black \ red]
        92a
        1902
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ - 
      • 93
        1902
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ - 
      • 75c on $1
        ultramarine & black [red \ red]
        93a
        1902
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ - 
      • 48
        1892, Sept. 1
        ♦♦♦♦♦
      • 49
        1892, Sept. 1
        ♦♦♦♦♦
      • 49a
        1892, Sept. 1
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦
    • official issue

      • O1
        1892, Sept. 1
        ♦♦
      • O15
        1894
        ♦♦
      • O1_OS
        1894
      • O28
        1898
        ♦♦
      • O29
        1900
        ♦♦
      • O30
        1905
        ♦♦
      • O2
        1892, Sept. 1
        ♦♦
      • O16
        1894
        ♦♦
      • O2_OS
        1894
      • O31
        1898
        ♦♦♦ - ♦♦
      • O32
        1900
        ♦♦♦
      • O33
        1905
        ♦♦♦♦
      • O3
        1892, Sept. 1
        ♦♦
      • O17
        1894
        ♦♦
      • O3_OS
        1894
      • O26
        1894
        ♦♦♦♦
      • O27
        1894
        ♦♦♦♦
      • O34
        1898
        ♦♦♦
      • O35
        1900
        ♦♦♦♦ - ♦♦♦
      • O36
        1905
        ♦♦♦♦
      • O4
        1892, Sept. 1
        ♦♦
      • O13
        1893
        ♦♦♦
      • O13a
        1893
        ♦♦♦♦
      • O13b
        1893
        ♦♦♦♦
      • O13c
        1893
        ♦♦♦♦♦
      • O13d
        1893
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • O44
        1904
        ♦♦♦
      • O44a
        1904
        ♦♦♦♦ - 
      • O44_both_flags_short
        1904
      • O44_no_dot_on_i
        1904
      • O44b
        1904
        ♦♦♦♦♦
      • O44_rear_ovpt
        1904
      • O5
        1892, Sept. 1
        ♦♦
      • O18
        1894
        ♦♦
      • O5_OS
        1894
      • O37
        1898
        ♦♦♦
      • O6
        1892, Sept. 1
        ♦♦♦
      • O19
        1894
        ♦♦♦ - ♦♦
      • O6_OS
        1894
      • O38
        1898
        ♦♦♦
      • O7
        1892, Sept. 1
        ♦♦♦
      • O20
        1894
        ♦♦♦ - ♦♦
      • O7_OS
        1894
      • O39
        1898
        ♦♦♦♦ - ♦♦♦
      • O8
        1892, Sept. 1
        ♦♦♦
      • O21
        1894
        ♦♦♦ - ♦♦
      • O8_OS
        1894
      • O40
        1898
        ♦♦♦
      • O41
        1898
        ♦♦♦♦
      • O45
        1904
        ♦♦♦♦♦
      • O45b
        1904
      • O9
        1892, Sept. 1
        ♦♦♦
      • O22
        1894
        ♦♦♦ - ♦♦
      • O9_OS
        1894
      • O42
        1898
        ♦♦♦♦
      • O10
        1892, Sept. 1
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦ - ♦♦♦♦♦
      • $1
        ultramarine & black [black]
        O10_ultra
        1892, Sept. 1
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦ - ♦♦♦♦♦
      • O23_small_OS
        1894
        ♦♦♦♦♦
      • $1
        blue & black [red]
        O23_large_OS
        1894
      • O23a_small_OS
        1894
        ♦♦♦♦♦
      • O23a_large_OS
        1894
      • O11
        1892, Sept. 1
        ♦♦♦♦♦
      • O24
        1894
        ♦♦♦♦♦
      • O12
        1892, Sept. 1
        ♦♦♦♦♦
      • O25
        1894
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦
    • “ORDINARY” overprint

      all canceled stamps are either postmarked Monrovia or Buchanan; apparently two types were used for the overprint, one of them used in both towns, and a second, slightly larger type, in Monrovia only; some excellent forgeries exist!
      • O28_ordinary
        1901-1902
      • 65
        1901-1902
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • 65_inverted_ovpt
        1901-1902
      • 66
        1901-1902
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • 66A
        1901-1902
         - ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • 67
        1901-1902
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • 69
        1901-1902
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • 70
        1901-1902
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • 68
        1901-1902
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • 71
        1901-1902
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • O6_ordinary
        1901-1902
      • 72
        1901-1902
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • 64B
        1901-1902
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • 73
        1901-1902
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • 74
        1901-1902
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • 64C
        1901-1902
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • 75
        1901-1902
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • 76
        1901-1902
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • 77
        1901-1902
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • 77a
        1901-1902
      • 78
        1901-1902
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • 64D
        1901-1902
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • 79
        1901-1902
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • 64E
        1901-1902
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • 80
        1901-1902
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • 64F
        1901-1902
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • 81
        1901-1902
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦
    • “ORDINARY” overprint - handstamped “O S”

      the additional “O S” handstamp, only known from Buchanan, was applied to regular stamps accidentally overprinted “ORDINARY”, and, except for the 1 cent and 5 cent values which were overprinted in black, in a color matching that of the printed “O S”.
      • 82
        1901-1902
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦ - 
      • 83
        1901-1902
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦ - 
      • 84
        1901-1902
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ - 
      • 85
        1901-1902
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ - 
      • 86
        1901-1902
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ - 
      • 87
        1901-1902
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ - 
      • 88
        1901-1902
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ - 
      • 89
        1901-1902
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ - 
      • 90
        1901-1902
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦
    • WWI provisional surcharge issues

      • O92
        1915-1916
        ♦♦♦♦♦
      • O92_Roman_I
        1915-1916
      • 160
        1917
        ♦♦♦♦♦
      • 160a
        1917
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • 160b
        1917
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦
    • military issue

      "LFF" are the initials of "Liberian Frontier Force", a military unit established in 1908. These overprints were applied locally in Monrovia when about 800 of the troops were sent to the field in 1916 to defeat a Krus revolt. The regular stamps were meant for the soldiers, the official stamps for the officers, but very little use was made of them at all since most are known mint or CTO. See also under "Second Pictorials 1906 and Surcharges" and "Third Pictorials 1909-1912 and Surcharges".
      • M1
        1916
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • M1a
        1916
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • M1b
        1916
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • M1c
        1916
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦