St. Vincent
King George V
Multiple Crown CA Issues

Updated - December, 2017

Identifying the St. Vincent 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. This set of stamps replaced the King Edward VII Multiple Crown CA watermarked paper beginning in 1913. 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. 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 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. According to "St. Vincent 1899 - 1965" by Charles Freeland, Roy Bond, and Russell Boylan, there were 8,040 5/ issues and 6,000 £1 issues ordered from De La Rue. Actual numbers printed were not listed, but you should expect that they were very close to the number ordered.

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 G1 - SG 108 - ST 104
1/2d Green
CW G2 - SG 109 - ST 105
1d Red
CW G3 - SG 109a - ST 105
1d Rose-Red
CW G4 - SG 109b - ST 105
1d Scarlet
CW G5 - SG 110 - ST 106
2d Grey
CW G6 - SG 110a - ST 106
2d Slate
CW G7 - SG 111 - ST 107
2-1/2d Ultramarine
CW G8 - SG 112 - ST 108
3d Purple
Yellow Paper
CW G8a - SG 112a - ST 108
3d Purple
Lemon Paper
CW G8b - SG 112b - ST 108
3d Purple
Pale Yellow Paper
CW G9 - SG 113 - ST 109
4d Red
Yellow Paper
CW G10 - SG 114 - ST 110
5d Olive-Green
CW G11 - SG 115 - ST 111
6d Claret
CW G12 - SG 116 - ST 112
1/ Black
Green Paper
CW G13 - SG 117 - ST 113
1/ Bistre
CW G14 - SG 118 - ST 114
2/ Blue &
  CW G15 - SG 119 - ST 115
5/ Carmine &
CW G16 - SG 120 - ST 116
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