King Edward VII Definitives
Watermarked Crown CA

Updated - September, 2017

Identifying the Grenada King Edward VII issues watermarked Crown CA is a matter of determining the watermark. The keyplate design was originally used for the first two printings during King Edward's reign. The stamps were initially issued in 1902 using paper watermarked Crown CA, and then were replaced with the same issues printed on paper watermarked Multiple Crown CA in 1904 until they were replaced by a new design of King Edward VII issues in 1906.

If you have trouble determining the watermarks on these stamps, try looking at them face down against black paper. The stamps watermarked Crown CA will always be centered fairly well on the stamp, and the design does not repeat, so even if you can not see the entire watermark, the CA will always be toward the bottom, instead of letters to the sides for the watermark Multiple Crown CA. See the image of the watermark below for reference. It is shown as normally seen from the back.

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 this set, but considering other issues from this time period, I would expect that there about 2,000 sets produced. Please feel free to provide the printing details 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 is 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.

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Crown CA
CW E1 - SG 57 - ST 48
1/2d Dull Purple &
CW E2 - SG 58 - ST 49
1d Dull Purple &
CW E3 - SG 59 - ST 50
2d Dull Purple &
CW E4 - SG 60 - ST 51
2-1/2d Dull Purple &
CW E5 - SG 61 - ST 52
3d Dull Purple &
CW E6 - SG 62 - ST 53
6 d Dull Purple &
CW E7 - SG 63 - ST 54
1/ Green &
CW E8 - SG 64 - ST 55
2/ Green &
CW E9 - SG 65 - ST 56
5/ Green &
CW E10 - SG 66 - ST 57
10/ Green &

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