Identifying the King
George V Stamps
| SG 89 - ST 95
Black & Carmine
Pale Blue Paper
September, 1926 and November, 1928
| SG 89G - ST 95
Black & Red
Blue to Deep Blue Paper
June, 1929 and October, 1929
| SG 89H - ST 95a
Grey-Black & Pale Orange-Vermilion
|This is the palest paper color.||Deep blue paper and a deep red frame color.||Greyish paper and an orangey-red frame.|
SG 89I - ST 95
SG 89J - ST 95b
|SG 89K - ST 95a
Black & Bright Orange-Vermilion
Deep Blue Paper
|Carmine-red frame color on medium blue paper.||Deep blue paper with a vermilion frame.||The orange color is distinctive.|
Dr. Myles Glazer's book - "The King George V High
Value Stamps of Bermuda, 1917-1938" was published in 1994, and is
still one of the best references to the King George V Keyplate stamps
of Bermuda. Printing and descriptions on this article are all quoted from
this book. The observations are those of the author based on the descriptions
in the book.
Identifying the KGV 2/6 Issues is mostly a matter of comparing the paper colors, then the frame plate colors, and finally the head plate colors. All statements are made based on comparisons with multiple stamps. This is much more difficult with only one stamp.
Paper Colors - Compare the paper by looking at the back of the stamp. I typically use black and then white paper with two spot lamps to compare colors. SG 89 is on the palest blue paper. SG 89H is on a grey-blue paper, SG 89J and SG 89G are on deeper blue papers than the other issues. SG 89I is between the pale blue and the deep blue papers.
Frame Plate Colors - SG 89K is the most distinctive from the other printings with the orangey-red color. SG 89G has the deepest frame color compared to the other printings. SG 89J is also a deep frame color, but is more vermilion (which has a faint orangey color to it).
Head Plate Colors - You will be comparing shades of grey-black and black. The two rare printings (SG 89H and SG 89K) tend to be more of a grey-black shade. The others are some variation of black.
If you are interested in this issue, Dr. Glazer's book will be an invaluable source of information. It includes details on the printing methods, chemical composition of the inks, and a great many other topics.
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