Bahamas - KGV MSCA Definitive Issues
Updated - March 2013
 

Identifying the Bahamas KGV watermark MSCA 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 1921 until it was replaced with the KGVI Set in 1937.

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.

The images were saved in a larger size and at a higher resolution so you can more easily see the details used in sorting them. Please be patient if it takes a few minutes for this page to load. You should also note that colors shown on the internet are not exact, so use the colors shown in reference to each other rather than as an exact match.

CW G72 - SG 115 - ST 70
1/2d Green
CW G73 - SG 115 - ST 70
1/2d Bright Green
CW G74 - SG 116 - ST 72
1d Carmine-Red
CW G75 - SG 116 - ST 72
1d Deep Carmine
Notice the deeper shade of CW G73 compared to CW G72. Notice the deep color of CW G75.
   
CW G76 - SG 117 - ST 73
1-1/2d Red-Brown
CW G77 - SG 118 - ST 74
2d Grey
CW G78 - SG 118 - ST 74
2d Slate-Grey
  This stamp is a little paler than CW G78. The Slate-Grey color is deeper than CW G77.
       
CW G79 - SG 119 - ST 75
2-1/2d Dull Ultramarine
CW G80 - SG 119 - ST 75
2-1/2d Ultramarine
CW G81 - SG 119 - ST 75
2-1/2d Bright Ultramarine
Sort these three shades based on the intensity of the color. Assuming you have multiple copies, look for bright or dull variations.
       
   
  CW G82 - SG 120 - ST 76
3d Purple on Pale Yellow Paper
CW G82a - SG 120a - ST 76
3d Purple on Deep Yellow Paper
 
  This is the most dramatic color difference I can think of for KGV issues.  
     
CW G83 - SG 121 - ST 77
4d Pale Yellow
CW G84 - SG 121 - ST 77
4d Yellow-Orange
CW G85 - SG 121 - ST 77
4d Yellow (Value in Brown)
Look for the pale color in
sorting for this printing.
This shade is deepr than the other two. Notice the deeper impression
of the lettering in the value tablet.
       
   
  CW G86 - SG 122 - ST 79
6d Bistre-Brown
CW G87 - SG 122a - ST 79
6d Deep Bistre-Brown
 
  These shades are best sorted by looking for the deeper colored issues.  
       
CW G88 - SG 123 - ST 80
1/ Grey-Black & Carmine
CW G89 - SG 123 - ST 80
1/ Black & Carmine
CW G90 - SG 123 - ST 80
1/ Jet-Black & Carmine
This is the palest of the color options. The Black is not quite as deep as Jet-Black. This is the deepest of the colors
       
CW G91 - SG 124 - ST 83
5/ Dull Purple & Blue
CW G92 - SG 124 - ST 83
5/ Purple & Bright Blue
CW G93 - SG 125 - ST 84
£1 Green & Black
Notice the frame color is a little paler. The frame color is a little deeper. No other printing is listed.
       

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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Classic Bahamas Stamps for sale based on the identification from this article.
       
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