Bahamas - KGV MCA Definitive Issues
Updated - March 2013
 

Identifying the Bahamas KGV watermark MCA issues is primarily a matter of determining the difference between the two watermarks, and finding the various color shades. This set was in use from 1912 until it was replaced with the KGV MSCA Set in 1921.

The two watermarks used for the KGV definitive issues were the Multiple Crown CA (MCA) and Multiple Script CA (MSCA). I find it is easiest to see the watermarks by placing the stamps against black paper and looking at them under a strong light. If you can't see the watermark under these conditions, feel free to use safe watermark fluid. The various catalogues have good examples of these watermarks, but if you just look for either the difference in the shape of the crown, or the font used. The Multiple Crown CA uses a sans-serif style font. The Multiple Script CA watermark uses an italic style of font.

Most of the colors are fairly easily seen against black paper with a strong light. It helps if you have more than a few copies so you can start to see the contrast. The comments made about colors under the stamps are in relation to the other stamps, so it helps if you have more than a few copies when you make your comparisons.

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 G15 - SG 81 - ST 49
1/2d Green
CW G16 - SG 81a - ST 49
1/2d Yellow-Green
CW G17 - SG 81 - ST 49
1/2d Deep Green
If you have all three shades this
will fall between the other two.
A little lighter color than the green. The deepest of the green shades.
       
CW G18 - SG 82b - ST 50
1d Rose-Carmine
CW G19 - SG 82 - ST 50
1d Deep Carmine
CW G20 - SG 82 - ST 50
1d Carmine on Bluish Paper
CW G21 - SG 82a - ST 50
1d Scarlet
This shade is the lightest
of the color options.
A very deep color, easily seen. Calling the paper bluish might
be misleading, but it is darker.
This is a little more orangey
than CW G18.
       
CW G22 - SG 83 - ST 50A
2d Grey
CW G23 - SG 83 - ST 50A
2d Slate
CW G24 - SG 84 - ST 51
2-1/2d Ultramarine
CW G25 - SG 84a - ST 51
2-1/2d Deep Dull Blue
Grey is lighter than the slate shade. Slate is deeper in color than grey. This should be a little deeper color. This shade is a little brighter.
       
CW G26 - SG 85 - ST 52
4d Orange
CW G27 - SG 85a - ST 52
4d Yellow-Orange
CW G28 - SG 86 - ST 53
6d Bistre-Brown
CW G28a - SG 86a - ST 53
6d Malformed E Flaw
This is a deeper shade than
the Yellow-Orange shade.
Notice that this is a little
ligher than the Orange shade.
  The Malformed E is found
on the issues from QV to KGV.
       
CW G29 - SG 87 - ST 54
1/ Jet Black & Carmine
CW G30 - SG 87a - ST 54
1/ Grey-Black & Carmine
CW G31 - SG 87 - ST 54
1/ Black & Carmine on Bluish Paper
A deeper black frame than
the Grey-Black issue.
Lighter in comparison to
the Jet Black shade.
The paper seems more Greyish
than a true Bluish color.
       
CW G32 - SG 88a - ST 55
5/ Dull Purple & Deep Blue
CW G33 - SG 88- ST 55
5/ Purple & Bright Blue
CW G34 - SG 89 - ST 56
£1 Light Green & Black
CW G34 - SG 89a - ST 56
£1 Dull Green & Black
Notice the deep color of
the Blue lettering.
The Blue lettering is not
as deep as CW G32.
Notice the paler color
of the frame color.
The frame color is
deeper than CW G34.
       

This article was written to help you identify your stamps. Please feel free to ask a question, or include a correction.
We are always interested in additional shades or more information on these stamps. Please feel free to let us know if you have anything helpful.

       
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