Grenada
King George V Definitives
Watermarked Multiple Crown CA

Updated - September, 2017
 

Identifying the Grenada King George V issues watermarked Multiple Crown CA is a matter of determining the watermark and then sorting between surface and paper colors. The design was used for the first two printings during King George V's reign. The stamps were initially issued in 1913 using paper watermarked Multiple Crown CA, and then was replaced with the same issues printed on paper watermarked Multiple Script CA beginning in 1921 until they were replaced by a new design of King George V issues in 1934.

If you have trouble determining the watermarks on these stamps, try looking at them face down against black paper. The stamps watermarked Multiple Crown CA will have sans serif letters with a crown that is narrow and straight edged. The Multiple Script CA watermark has cursive letters and a crown that is more rounded. See the images of the two watermarks below for reference. They are shown as normally seen from the back.

Once you have determined the watermark, the next step is to sort the surface and for some the paper colors. 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 these web site to view the various King George V era 3d yellow and 1/ green 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 this set, but considering other issues from this time period, I would expect that there about 25,000 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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  Watermark
Multiple Crown CA
Watermark
Multiple Script CA
 
       
CW G1 - SG 89 - ST 79
1/2d Yellow-Green
CW G2 - SG 90 - ST 79
1/2d Green
CW G3 - SG 90 - ST 79
1/2d Deep Green
CW G3a - SG 90 - ST 79
1/2d Deep Green
Bluish Paper
       
CW G4 - SG 91 - ST 80a
1d Rose
CW G5 - SG 91 - ST 80a
1d Carmine
CW G6 - SG 92 - ST 80
1d Scarlet
CW G7 - SG 91 - ST 80a
1d Red
       
CW G7a - SG 91 - ST 80a
1d Red
Bluish Paper
CW G8 - SG 93 - ST 81
2d Orange
CW G9 - SG 93 - ST 81
2d Brown-Orange
CW G10 - SG 93 - ST 81
2d Deep Yellow-Orange
       
CW G11 - SG 94 - ST 82
2-1/2d Bright Blue
CW G12 - SG 94 - ST 82
2-1/2d Deep Blue
CW G13 - SG 95 - ST 82
2-1/2d Pale Deep Blue
CW G14 - SG 96 - ST 83
3d Purple
Yellow Paper
       
CW G14a - SG 96a - ST 89
3d Purple
Yellow Paper
White Back
CW G14b - SG 96b - ST 83
3d Purple
Lemon Paper
CW G14c - SG 96c - ST 83
3d Purple
Pale Yellow Paper
CW G15 - SG 97 - ST 84
6d Purple &
Lilac
       
CW G16 - SG 97 - ST 84
6d Purple &
Reddish-Violet
CW G17 - SG 98 - ST 85
1/ Black
Green Paper
CW G17a - SG 98a - ST 90
1/ Black
Green Paper
White Back
CW G17b - SG 98b - ST 85b
1/ Black
Blue-Green Paper
Olive Back
       
CW G17c - SG 98d - ST 85c
1/ Black
Green Paper
Emerald Back
CW G17d - SG 98c - ST 85a
1/ Black
Emerald Paper
CW G18 - SG 99 - ST 86
2/ Purple &
Blue
Blue Paper
CW G19 - SG 99 - ST 86
2/ Lilac &
Blue
Grey-Blue Paper
       
CW G20 - SG 99 - ST 86
2/ Deep Purple &
Blue
Dull Blue Paper
CW G21 - SG 99 - ST 86
2/ Blackish-Purple &
Blue
Greenish-Blue Mottled Paper
CW G22 - SG 100 - ST 87
5/ Green &
Red
Yellow Paper
CW G22a - SG 100a - ST 87
5/ Green &
Red
Pale Yellow Paper
       
   
  CW G23 - SG 101 - ST 88
10/ Green &
Red
Green Paper
CW G23a - SG 101a - ST 88a
10/ Green &
Red
Green Paper
Emerald Back
 
       

This article was written to help you identify your stamps.
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