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”.
  • Second Pictorials 1906 and surcharges

    engraved by Perkins, Bacon & Company, England on unwatermarked paper, perforated 14.

    • regular issue

      • 101
        1906
        ♦♦♦ - ♦♦
      • 101a
        1906
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ - 
      • 102
        1906
        ♦♦
      • 102a
        1906
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ - 
      • 103
        1906
        ♦♦♦♦ - ♦♦♦
      • 103a
        1906
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • 104
        1906
        ♦♦♦♦ - ♦♦♦
      • 104a
        1906
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • 114
        1909
        ♦♦♦♦
      • 105
        1906
        ♦♦♦♦♦ - ♦♦♦♦
      • 105a
        1906
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • 106
        1906
        ♦♦♦♦♦ - ♦♦♦♦
      • 106b
        1906
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • 107
        1906
        ♦♦♦ - ♦♦
      • 107a
        1906
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦ - 
      • 108
        1906
        ♦♦♦ - ♦♦
      • 109
        1906
        ♦♦♦ - ♦♦
      • 109b
        1906
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦ - 
      • 110
        1906
        ♦♦♦♦♦ - ♦♦♦♦
      • 110a
        1906
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ - 
      • 111
        1906
        ♦♦♦♦ - ♦♦
      • 111a
        1906
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ - 
      • 112
        1906
        ♦♦♦♦ - ♦♦
      • 112a
        1906
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦ - 
      • 113
        1906
        ♦♦♦♦ - ♦♦
      • 113_inverted
        1906
    • official issue

      • O46
        1906
        ♦♦
      • O46_inverted_OS
        1906
      • O47
        1906
      • O47b
        1906
        ♦♦♦♦ - 
      • O48
        1906
        ♦♦
      • O48a
        1906
        ♦♦♦♦♦
      • O48b
        1906
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦ - 
      • O49
        1906
        ♦♦♦ - ♦♦
      • O49a
        1906
        ♦♦♦♦♦
      • O49_no_OS
        1906
      • O49_invert_no_OS
        1906
      • O50
        1906
        ♦♦♦♦ - ♦♦
      • O50a
        1906
        ♦♦♦♦ - 
      • O50b
        1906
        ♦♦♦♦♦ - ♦♦♦♦
      • O50_invert
        1906
      • O51
        1906
        ♦♦♦ - ♦♦
      • O51_inverted_OS
        1906
      • O51a
        1906
        ♦♦♦♦♦ - 
      • O52
        1906
        ♦♦ - 
      • O52_inverted_OS
        1906
      • O52_invert
        1906
      • O52_invert_no_OS
        1906
      • O53
        1906
        ♦♦ - 
      • O53_inverted_OS
        1906
      • O53_no_OS
        1906
      • O54
        1906
        ♦♦ - 
      • O54a
        1906
        ♦♦♦♦
      • O54_inverted
        1906
      • O55
        1906
        ♦♦♦
      • O55a
        1906
        ♦♦♦♦♦ - ♦♦♦♦
      • O55b
        1906
        ♦♦♦♦♦ - 
      • O55_inverted
        1906
      • O56
        1906
        ♦♦ - 
      • O56_no_OS
        1906
      • O56_invert_inverted_OS
        1906
      • O57
        1906
        ♦♦♦ - 
      • O57a
        1906
        ♦♦♦♦♦
      • $2
        plum & black
        O57_inverted_OS
        1906
      • O58
        1906
        ♦♦♦♦ - 
      • O58a
        1906
        ♦♦♦♦♦ - 
      • O58b
        1906
        ♦♦♦♦♦ - ♦♦♦♦
      • O58_inverted
        1906
    • 1914 provisional surcharge issue

      • 129
        1914, Apr.
        ♦♦♦♦♦ - ♦♦♦♦
      • 129_inverted_ovpt
        1914, Apr.
      • 130
        1914, Apr.
        ♦♦♦♦♦ - ♦♦♦♦
      • O72
        1914
        ♦♦♦♦♦
      • O73
        1914
        ♦♦♦♦
    • WWI provisional surcharge issues

      • 141
        1915-1916
        ♦♦♦♦
      • 141a
        1915-1916
        ♦♦♦♦♦
      • 145
        1915-1916
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • 145_small_s
        1915-1916
      • 145_large_X
        1915-1916
      • 146
        1915-1916
        ♦♦♦♦♦
      • 146a
        1915-1916
        ♦♦♦♦♦
      • 146_black_ovpt
        1915-1916
      • 146_invert_handstamped
        1915-1916
      • 147
        1915-1916
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • 148
        1915-1916
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • 148a
        1915-1916
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • 149
        1915-1916
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • O82
        1915-1916
        ♦♦♦♦♦
      • O82_small_s
        1915-1916
      • O82_large_X
        1915-1916
      • O82a
        1915-1916
        ♦♦♦♦♦
      • O83
        1915-1916
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • O83a
        1915-1916
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • O83_double_ovpt
        1915-1916
      • O84
        1915-1916
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • O85
        1915-1916
        ♦♦♦♦♦
      • 161
        1917
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • O96
        1917
        ♦♦♦♦♦
      • O96a
        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 "First Pictorials 1892-1905 and Surcharges" and "Third Pictorials 1909-1912 and Surcharges".

      Normal surcharge on regular stamp reading upwards, on official stamp reading downwards.
      • M2
        1916
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • M2_inverted_overprint
        1916
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • M2a
        1916
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • M2b
        1916
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • M5
        1916
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • M5a
        1916
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦
      • M5b
        1916
        ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦