St. Lucia
King George V
Multiple Crown CA Issues

Updated - November, 2017

Identifying stamps from St. Lucia King George V issues watermarked Multiple Crown CA is a matter of sorting between the two watermark options: Multiple Crown CA (MCA) and Multiple Script CA (MSCA), and then determining the color shades for the some of the values, and identifying the difference between Dies I and II for the 3d values. This set of stamps replaced the King Edward VII Multiple Crown CA watermarked paper beginning in 1912. It was continued on the new paper watermarked Multiple Script CA in 1921.

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 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. 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 printing details, but it would be safe to assume the 5/ issue was printed in a quantity of about 20,000 - 30,000 based on other issues of this time period.

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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Multiple Crown CA
Multiple Script CA
King George V - Die I Characteristics King George V - Die II Characteristics
Die I - Angled line edge by the crown. Die II - Straight line edge by the crown.
Die I - Squared off corner
on Postage Tablet
Die I - Bud on Scrollwork Die II - Rounded corner
on Postage Tablet
Die II - No bud on Scrollwork


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CW G1 - SG 78 - ST 64
1/2d Deep Green
CW G2 - SG 78 - ST 64
1/2d Pale Green
CW G3 - SG 78a - ST 64
1/2d Yellow-Green
CW G3a - SG 78a - ST 64
1/2d Yellow-Green
Bluish Paper
CW G4 - SG 79 - ST 65a
1d Carmine-Red
CW G5 - SG 79b - ST 65a
1d Rose-Red
CW G6 - SG 79a - ST 65
1d Scarlet
CW G6a - SG 79a - ST 65
1d Scarlet
Bluish Paper
CW G7 - SG 80 - ST 66
2d Grey
CW G8 - SG 80a - ST 66
2d Slate-Grey
CW G9 - SG 81 - ST 67
2-1/2d Ultramarine
CW G10 - SG 81a - ST 67
2-1/2d Bright Blue
CW G10 - SG 81b - ST 67
2-1/2d Deep Bright Blue
CW G11 - SG 82 - ST 68
3d Purple
Yellow Paper
Die I
CW G11a - SG 82 - ST 68
3d Purple
Pale Yellow Paper
Die I
CW G11b - SG 82b - ST 68a
3d Purple
Pale Yellow Paper
Die II
See the differences between Dies I and II above
CW G12 - SG 83 - ST 73
4d Black &
Yellow Paper
CW G12a - SG 83a - ST 75
4d Black &
Yellow Paper
White Back
CW G13 - SG 83a - ST 75
4d Grey &
Orange-Yellow Paper
White Back
CW G14 - SG 83a - ST 75
4d Grey &
Pale Orange-Red
Yellow Paper
White Back
CW G15 - SG 84 - ST 69
6d Dull Purple &
Bright Purple
CW G16 - SG 84 - ST 69
6d Purple &
CW G17 - SG 84a - ST 69
6d Grey-Purple &
CW G18 - SG 85 - ST 70
1/ Black
Green Paper
CW G18a - SG 85a - ST 70a
1/ Black
Blue-Green Paper
Olive Back
CW G19 - SG 86 - ST 71
1/ Orange-Brown
CW G20 - SG 87 - ST 74
2/6 Black &
Blue Paper
CW G21 - SG 88 - ST 73
5/ Green &
Yellow Paper

This article was written to help you identify your stamps.
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