St. Lucia
King George V
Multiple Script CA Issues

Updated - November, 2017

Identifying stamps from St. Lucia King George V issues watermarked Multiple Script 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. This set of stamps replaced the King George V Multiple Crown CA watermarked paper beginning in 1921. It was replaced by the Pictorial set in 1936.

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. 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 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 printing details, but it would be safe to assume the 5/ issue was printed in a quantity of about 30,000 - 50,000 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
CW G26 - SG 91 - ST 76
1/2d Pale Green
CW G27 - SG 91 - ST 76
1/2d Dull Green
CW G28 - SG 91 - ST 76
1/2d Bright Green
CW G29 - SG 92 - ST 77
1d Rose-Red
CW G30 - SG 92 - ST 77
1d Bright Rose
CW G31 - SG 93 - ST 78
1d Brown
CW G32 - SG 93 - ST 78
1d Deep Brown
CW G33 - SG 93 - ST 78
1d Black-Brown
CW G34 - SG 94 - ST 79
1-1/2d Carmine
CW G35 - SG 95 - ST 80
2d Grey
CW G36 - SG 95 - ST 80
2d Slate-Grey
CW G37 - SG 96 - ST 81
2-1/2d Bright Blue
CW G38 - SG 97 - ST 82
2-1/2d Orange
CW G39 - SG 98 - ST 81
2-1/2d Dull Blue
CW G40 - SG 99- ST 83
3d Bright Blue
CW G41 - SG 99a - ST 83
3d Deep Blue
CW G42 - SG 99a - ST 83
3d Dull Blue
CW G43 - SG 100 - ST 84
3d Purple
Yellow Paper
CW G43a - SG 100 - ST 84
3d Purple
Buff Paper
CW G44 - SG 100a - ST 84
3d Plum
Yellow Paper
CW G44a - SG 100a - ST 84
3d Plum
Buff Paper
CW G45 - SG 101 - ST 85
4d Black &
Yellow Paper
CW G46 - SG 101 - ST 85
4d Grey &
Yellow Paper
CW G47 - SG 102 - ST 86
6d Dull Purple &
CW G48 - SG 102 - ST 86
6d Bright Purple &
CW G49 - SG 102 - ST 86
6d Brown-Purple &
CW G50 - SG 102 - ST 86
6d Pale Lilac &
CW G51 - SG 103 - ST 87
1/ Orange-Brown
CW G52 - SG 103 - ST 87
1/ Bright Chestnut
CW G53 - SG 104 - ST 88
2/6 Black &
Blue Paper
CW G54 - SG 105 - ST 89
5/ Green &
Pale Yellow

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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