Cayman Islands King George V
1921 Definitive Issues

Updated - August, 2017
 

Identifying the Cayman Islands King George V 1921 issues is a matter of sorting the watermark, the color, and the paper color for many of the issues. The keyplate design was new for this issue. The stamps were issued beginning in 1921 and continued to be used until they were replaced by the Centenary set in 1932. A few of the stamps were printed on paper watermarked Multiple Crown CA, and then paper watermarked Multiple Script CA was used for all of the values except for the 4d value, The stamps are shown with the values together in order of when they were printed.

If you have trouble determining the watermarks on these stamps, try looking at them face down against black paper. The 3d, 1/, 5/ and 10/ stamps were the only ones that were printed on both types of paper, so the examples for these stamps are marked with the watermark. You don't actually have to check the watermarks for the rest of the stamps, so they are not marked with the watermark.

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 3d yellow backs, or this one to see the King George V 5/ 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.

       
   
  Watermark
Multiple Crown CA
Watermark
Multiple Script CA
 
       
CW G34 - SG 69 - ST 50
1/4d Yellow-Brown
CW G35 - SG 69 - ST 50
1/4d Chestnut
CW G36 - SG 70 - ST 51
1/2d Pale Grey-Green
CW G37 - SG 71 - ST 52
1d Deep Carmine
       
CW G38 - SG 72 - ST 53
1-1/2d Orange-Brown
CW G39 - SG 73 - ST 54
2d Slate-Grey
CW G40 - SG 74 - ST 55
2-1/2d Bright Blue
       
CW G27 - SG 60 - ST 64
3d Purple
Orange-Buff Paper
Watermark
Multiple Crown CA
CW G27a - SG 60b - ST 64
3d Purple
Pale Yellow Paper
Watermark
Multiple Crown CA
CW G41 - SG 75 - ST 56
3d Purple
Lemon Paper
Watermark
Multiple Script CA
CW G41a - SG 75 - ST 56
3d Purple
Pale Buff Paper
Watermark
Multiple Script CA
       
CW G28 - SG 62 - ST 65
4d Red
Yellow Paper
CW G42 - SG 76 - ST 57
4-1/2d Sage-Green
CW G43 - SG 77 - ST 58
6d Claret
CW G44 - SG 78 - ST 58
6d Deep Claret
       
CW G29 - SG 63 - ST 66
1/ Black
Green Paper
Watermark
Multiple Crown CA
CW G45 - SG 79 - ST 59
1/ Black
Green Paper
Watermark
Multiple Script CA
CW G46 - SG 80 - ST 60
2/ Violet
Blue Paper
CW G47 - SG 81 - ST 61
3/ Violet
       

 

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CW G30 - SG 64 - ST 67
5/ Yellow-Green
Pale Yellow Paper
Watermark
Multiple Crown CA
CW G31 - SG 64a - ST 67
5/ Deep Green
Pale Yellow Paper
Watermark
Multiple Crown CA
CW G31 - SG 64b - ST 67
5/ Blue-Green
Pale Yellow Paper
Watermark
Multiple Crown CA
CW G32 - SG 64c - ST 67
5/ Deep Green
Orange-Buff Paper
Watermark
Multiple Crown CA
       
CW G48 - SG 82 - ST 62
5/ Green
Yellow Paper
Watermark
Multiple Script CA
CW G33 - SG 67 - ST 68
10/ Carmine
Green Paper
Watermark
Multiple Crown CA
CW G49 - SG 83 - ST 63
10/ Carmine
Green Paper
Watermark
Multiple Script CA
       

This article was written to help you identify your stamps.
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