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”.
  • Fourth Pictorials 1918 and surcharges

    engraved by Perkins, Bacon & Company, England, on unwatermarked paper, perforated 14 except for the 25c stamp, which is perforated 12½.
    • regular issue

      • 163
        1918
        ♦♦♦ - 
      • 163_pre-printing_paper-crease
        1918
      • 163_dry_print
        1918
      • 164
        1918
        ♦♦♦ - 
      • 165
        1918
      • 166
        1918
        ♦♦ - 
      • 167
        1918
        ♦♦♦♦ - 
      • 168
        1918
        ♦♦ - 
      • 168_rose
        1918
      • 169
        1918
        ♦♦♦♦ - 
      • 170
        1918
        ♦♦♦♦♦ - ♦♦♦
      • 171
        1918
        ♦♦♦♦♦ - ♦♦♦
      • 172
        1918
        ♦♦♦ - 
      • 173
        1918
        ♦♦♦♦ - 
      • 174
        1918
        ♦♦♦♦ - 
      • 175
        1918
        ♦♦♦♦ - ♦♦
    • official issue

      • O98
        1918, Jan.
        ♦♦ - 
      • O99
        1918, Jan.
        ♦♦ - 
      • O100
        1918, Jan.
        ♦♦♦ - 
      • O100_inverted_brown_ovpt
        1918, Jan.
      • O101
        1918, Jan.
        ♦♦ - 
      • O101_no_OS
        1918, Jan.
      • O102_dark_green
        1918, Jan.
        ♦♦♦ - ♦♦
      • O102_green
        1918, Jan.
        ♦♦♦ - ♦♦
      • O103
        1918, Jan.
        ♦♦ - 
      • O103_lilac
        1918, Jan.
      • O103_no_OS
        1918, Jan.
      • O104
        1918, Jan.
        ♦♦♦♦ - ♦♦
      • O104_no_OS
        1918, Jan.
      • O105
        1918, Jan.
        ♦♦♦♦ - ♦♦
      • O106
        1918, Jan.
        ♦♦♦♦ - ♦♦
      • O106_inverted_ovpt
        1918, Jan.
      • O106a
        1918, Jan.
        ♦♦♦♦♦ - 
      • O106_double_ovpt
        1918, Jan.
      • O107
        1918, Jan.
        ♦♦♦♦ - 
      • O107_no_OS
        1918, Jan.
      • O108
        1918, Jan.
        ♦♦♦♦ - 
      • O108_dark_olive_bister
        1918, Jan.
      • O108_no_OS
        1918, Jan.
      • O109
        1918, Jan.
        ♦♦♦♦ - 
      • O109_no_OS
        1918, Jan.
      • O110
        1918, Jan.
        ♦♦♦♦♦ - ♦♦
    • “Red Cross” issue

      this issue is exceptionally rich in varieties and errors; used copies are extremely rare.
      • B3
        1918, Aug. 7
        ♦♦♦ - ♦♦♦♦
      • B4
        1918, Aug. 7
        ♦♦♦ - ♦♦♦♦
      • B5
        1918, Aug. 7
        ♦♦ - ♦♦♦
      • B6
        1918, Aug. 7
        ♦♦ - ♦♦♦
      • B7
        1918, Aug. 7
        ♦♦♦♦
      • B8
        1918, Aug. 7
        ♦♦♦ - ♦♦♦♦
      • B9
        1918, Aug. 7
        ♦♦♦♦ - ♦♦♦♦♦
      • B10
        1918, Aug. 7
        ♦♦♦♦♦ - ♦♦♦♦
      • B11
        1918, Aug. 7
        ♦♦♦♦♦
      • B12
        1918, Aug. 7
        ♦♦♦♦ - ♦♦♦♦♦
      • B13
        1918, Aug. 7
        ♦♦♦♦ - ♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • B14
        1918, Aug. 7
        ♦♦♦♦ - ♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • B15
        1918, Aug. 7
        ♦♦♦♦♦ - ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦
    • surcharged 1920

      complete sheets of 50 were overprinted for both values, regular and official, with a setting of 50; major varieties are: “CEETS” for “CENTS” (position 32) and italic “9” in “1920” (position 40) for “THREE CENTS” on one cent, and Roman numeral “I” for “1” in “1920” (positions 11, 14 & 38) and the third bar at base made up of 18 short diagonal lines (position 40) for “FOUR CENTS” on two cents.
      • 176
        1920
        ♦♦♦
      • 176_inverted_S
        1920
      • 176a
        1920
        ♦♦♦♦♦
      • 176_italic_9
        1920
      • 176b
        1920
        ♦♦♦♦♦
      • 176c
        1920
        ♦♦♦♦♦
      • 177
        1920
        ♦♦♦
      • 177_rectangle
        1920
      • 177_Roman_1
        1920
      • 177_raised_T
        1920
      • 177_segmented_bar
        1920
      • 177b
        1920
        ♦♦♦♦♦
      • 177c
        1920
        ♦♦♦♦♦ - 
      • O111
        1920
        ♦♦♦ - ♦♦
      • O111_italic_9
        1920
      • O111a
        1920
        ♦♦♦♦♦
      • O111b
        1920
        ♦♦♦♦
      • O111d
        1920
        ♦♦♦♦♦
      • O112
        1920
        ♦♦
      • O112_rectangle
        1920
      • O112_Roman_1
        1920
      • O112_raised_T
        1920
      • O112_segmented_bar
        1920
      • O112a
        1920
        ♦♦♦♦♦
      • O112b
        1920
        ♦♦♦♦♦
      • O112c
        1920
        ♦♦♦♦♦
    • surcharged 1923-1927

      sheets of 50 surcharged in panes of 25 after being folded down the center and with margins removed, except type of 1927 (“wavy lines”) which was overprinted with a setting of 50 and with margins left on; four types of obliterator bars: type I “fancy cross ornaments”, setting of 5 x 5, on official stamp in red (1923 and 1926) and on regular and official stamp in black (1926) with one spelling error “Gents” for “Cents” (position 10), on official stamps only; type II (1926) “black bar” often made up of two bars of unequal lenght, setting of 5 x 5, in black on regular stamp with variety “TwoCents” lacking space between words (position 2), and, in addition, on official stamp with “Two Gents” spelling error (position 10); type III (1926) “red quads” usually aligned horizontally giving the appearance of two parallel bars, but also featuring several varieties with some quads being oriented vertically, setting of 5 x 5, on official stamp in red and again one known spelling error “Gents” for “Cents” (position 10); type IV (1927) “wavy lines”, one setting for whole sheet of 10 x 5, on regular and official stamp in red with six sub-types of wavy lines, and with the following setting varieties and errors of “Two Cents”: “T wo” (position 4), “Ceuts” (position 20 & 36), “Cen ts” (positions 28 & 29), “Vwo” (position 32), “Two 1Cents” caused by lead spacing bar showing (position 42), and “Twc” (position 50).
      • O155
        1923/1926
        ♦♦♦♦
      • O155_inv_ovpt
        1923/1926
      • O155a
        1923/1926
        ♦♦♦♦ - 
      • O155_dbl_ovpt_one_inv
        1923/1926
      • 228a
        1926
        ♦♦♦♦♦
      • O155b
        1926
        ♦♦♦♦ - 
      • 228
        1926
        ♦♦♦♦
      • 228_TwoCents
        1926
      • 228_dbl_ovpt_one_diag
        1926
      • O156
        1926
        ♦♦♦
      • O156_TwoCents
        1926
      • O156b
        1926
        ♦♦♦♦♦ - 
      • O156_dbl_ovpt
        1926
      • O156a
        1926
        ♦♦♦♦♦ - 
      • O156a_dbl_ovpt
        1926
      • SGO182
        1926
      • SGO182a
        1926
      • 229
        1927
        ♦♦♦♦
      • 229_T_wo_Cents
        1927
      • 229a
        1927
        ♦♦♦♦♦ - 
      • 229a_dbl_ovpt
        1927
      • 229_Two_Cen_ts
        1927
      • 229b
        1927
        ♦♦♦♦♦ - 
      • 229_Two_1Cents
        1927
      • 229c
        1927
        ♦♦♦♦♦ - 
      • 229e
        1927
        ♦♦♦♦♦ - 
      • 229_2
        1927
      • O157
        1927
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • O157a
        1927
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦ - 
      • O157_Two_Cen_ts
        1927
      • O157b
        1927
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦ - 
      • O157_Two_1Cents
        1927
      • O157c
        1927
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦ - 
    • regular issue ovpt 1936

      • 248
        1936
        ♦♦
      • 248_inverted_ovpt
        1936
      • 249
        1936
        ♦♦
      • 249_red_ovpt
        1936
      • 250
        1936
        ♦♦
      • 250_inverted_ovpt
        1936
      • 250_brown_on_red_ovpt
        1936
      • 251
        1936
        ♦♦
      • 252
        1936
         - ♦♦
      • 252_rose
        1936
      • 253
        1936
        ♦♦♦
      • 253_inverted_ovpt
        1936
      • 254
        1936
        ♦♦♦
      • 254_inverted_ovpt
        1936
      • 255
        1936
        ♦♦ - ♦♦♦
      • 256
        1936
        ♦♦ - ♦♦♦
      • 256a
        1936
        ♦♦♦♦ - 
      • 257
        1936
        ♦♦ - ♦♦♦
      • 257_inverted_ovpt
        1936
      • 258
        1936
        ♦♦ - ♦♦♦
      • 258_inverted_ovpt
        1936
    • official issue ovpt 1936

      • 259
        1936
        ♦♦
      • 259_inverted_ovpt
        1936
      • 260
        1936
        ♦♦
      • 261
        1936
        ♦♦
      • 262_green
        1936
        ♦♦
      • 263
        1936
        ♦♦
      • 263_inverted_ovpt
        1936
      • 263_lilac
        1936
      • 264
        1936
        ♦♦♦
      • 264a
        1936
        ♦♦♦♦♦ - 
      • 265
        1936
        ♦♦♦
      • 266
        1936
        ♦♦
      • 266_inverted_ovpt
        1936
      • 267
        1936
        ♦♦ - ♦♦♦
      • 268
        1936
        ♦♦ - ♦♦♦
      • 268_rotated_star
        1936
        ♦♦ - ♦♦♦
      • 268_light_blue_ovpt
        1936
      • 269
        1936
        ♦♦ - ♦♦♦
      • 270
        1936
        ♦♦♦
      • 270_vertical_ovpt1936