Cayman Islands King George V
1912 Definitive Issues

Updated - August, 2017
 

Identifying the Cayman Islands King George V 1912 issues is a matter of sorting the color, and paper for many of the issues. The keyplate design was new for this issue. The stamps were issued beginning in 1912 and continued to be used until they were replaced by a new design in 1921. All of the stamps were printed on paper watermarked Multiple Crown CA, so it is not a factor in sorting the stamps. Unlike many of the King George V Keyplate issues, these stamps are all Die I, so you will not need to compare the Dies. The stamps are shown with the values together in order of when they were printed.

Color shades can be difficult to sort, especially when you only have a couple of stamps to compare. They typically occur when the stamps are printed after the initial printing. Today we have computer color matching, but during this time it was done by hand with components that might differ from the original ink formula. I like to place the stamps against black and then white paper and view them under a strong light. You really need to look at the back of the stamps to see the paper colors clearly. Please see this web site to view the various King George V era 3d yellow backs. The images shown attempt to show the colors, but they do not show them as well as viewing the stamps in person. So use the images as relative indicators.

Unlike modern stamps which are issued in the millions, definitive sets from this time period were issued very conservatively. I do not have the print quantities for these issues, but typical sets from other Colonies at this time were printed in quantities of less than 30,000 for the higher values during this time period. Please feel free to supply the print quantities if you have them.

The catalog numbers are from the 1980 Commonwealth Five Reigns Catalogue (CW), 2013 Stanley Gibbons Stamp Catalogue (SG) and the 2011 Scott catalog (ST). The description and dates are from the Commonwealth Catalogue. Please contact Bridger & Kay to obtain a copy of this publication. You can access the other publishers using the "Links to British Colonial Stamp Sites" at the bottom of this page.

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.

       
CW G1 - SG 40 - ST 32
1/4d Brown
CW G2 - SG 40 - ST 32
1/4d Deep Brown
CW G3 - SG 41 - ST 33
1/2d Green
CW G4 - SG 41 - ST 33
1/2d Deep Green
       
CW G5 - SG 42 - ST 34
1d Red
CW G6 - SG 43 - ST 35
2d Slate
CW G7 - SG 43 - ST 35
2d Pale Grey
CW G8 - SG 44 - ST 36
2-1/2d Bright Blue
       
CW G9 - SG 44a - ST 36
2-1/2d Deep Bright Blue
CW G10 - SG 45 - ST 37
3d Purple
Yellow Paper
CW G10a - SG 45a - ST 45
3d Purple
Yellow Paper
White Back
CW G10b - SG 45b - ST 37
3d Purple
Lemon Paper
       
CW G10c - SG 45c - ST 37
3d Purple
Orange-Buff Paper
CW G10c - SG 45d - ST 37
3d Purple
Buff Paper
CW G10d - SG 45e - ST 37
3d Purple
Pale Yellow Paper
CW G11 - SG 46 - ST 38
4d Black & Red
Pale Yellow Paper
       
CW G11a - SG 46 - ST 38
4d Black & Red
Lemon Paper
CW G12 - SG 47 - ST 39
6d Dull Purple &
Bright Purple
CW G13 - SG 48 - ST 40
1/ Black
Blue-Green Paper
CW G13a - SG 48b - ST 46
1/ Black
Blue-Green Paper
White Back
       
CW G14 - SG 49 - ST 41
2/ Slate-Violet &
Bright Blue
Blue Paper
CW G15 - SG 49 - ST 41
2/ Slate-Lilac &
Bright Blue
Blue Paper
CW G16 - SG 50 - ST 42
3/ Green &
Plum
CW G17 - SG 50 - ST 42
3/ Dull Green &
Plum
       
CW G18 - SG 51 - ST 43
5/ Green &
Red
Yellow Paper
CW G19 - SG 52 - ST 44a
10/ Deep Green &
Red
Green Paper
CW G19a - SG 52b - ST 47
10/ Deep Green &
Red
Green Paper
White Back
CW G19b - SG 52c - ST 44
10/ Deep Green &
Red
Blue-Green Paper
Olive Back
       

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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