Antigua King Edward VII Defintive Issues Watermarked Multiple Crown CA
Updated - March 2013

Identifying the Antigua King Edward watermarked Multiple Crown CA issues is primarily a matter of determining the difference between thin and normal paper thickness, and finding the various color shades. Although most of the set was issued under the reign of King Edward VII, the 5/ issues showing King George V were issued after the death of King Edward. This set was in use from 1907 until it was replaced with the smaller issues showing King George V and the Colony Seal in 1921.

Most of the stamps were printed on thick paper. To figure out the paper differences, look at the back of the stamp against black paper under a good light. The thin paper issues will tend to show some of the black through the stamp while the thick paper will not.

Unlike modern stamps which are issued in the millions, sets like this one were issued very conservatively. The 6d issues of this set were issued in a quantity of 6,000 for each shade. Other stamps range to about 33,000 issued.

The catalog numbers are from the 1980 Commonwealth Five Reigns Catalogue (CW), 2011 Stanley Gibbons Stamp Catalogue (SG) and the 2011 Scott catalog (ST). The description is from the Commonwealth Catalogue. Please contact Bridger & Kay to obtain a copy of this publication.

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CW E11 - SG 41 - ST 31
1/2d Dull Green
CW E11a - SG 41 - ST 31
1/2d Dull Green
Thin Paper
CW E12 - SG 42 - ST 31
1/2d Blue-Green
CW E13 - SG 41 - ST 31
1/2d Dark Green
Extra Thick Paper
CW E14 - SG 43 - ST 32
1d Red
CW E15 - SG 44 - ST 32
1d Bright Scarlet
Thin Paper
CW E16 - SG 44 - ST 32
1d Deep Scarlet
CW E17 - SG 43 - ST 32
1d Dark Red
CW E18 - SG 45 - ST 33
2d Dull Purple & Brown
CW E19 - SG 45 - ST 33
2d Dull Purple & Red-Brown
CW E20 - SG 46 - ST 34
2-1/2d Ultramarine
CW E21 - SG 46a- ST 34
2-1/2d Blue
Thin Paper
CW E22 - SG 46a - ST 34
2-1/2d Deep Blue
CW E23 - SG 47 - ST 35
3d Grey-Green & Orange-Brown
CW E24 - SG 47 - ST 35
3d Deep Green & Orange
CW E25 - SG 48 - ST 36
6d Purple & Black
CW E26 - SG 48 - ST 36
6d Magenta & Grey-Black
CW E27 - SG 49 - ST 37
1/ Blue & Dull Purple
CW E28 - SG 49 - ST 38
1/ Deep Blue & Dark Purple
CW E29 - SG 50 - ST 39
2/ Grey-Green & Violet
  CW G1 - SG 51 - ST 41
5/ Grey-Green & Violet
CW G2 - SG 51 - ST 41
5/ Bright Green & Dull Violet

This article was written to help you identify your stamps. Please feel free to ask a question, or include a correction.
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