St. Vincent
King George V
Multiple Crown CA Issues

Updated - December, 2017

Identifying the St. Vincent 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 1d values. This set of stamps replaced the King George V Multiple Crown CA watermarked paper beginning in 1921. It was replaced by the King George VI set in 1938.

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.

Although the catalogues do not mention this, the stamps in this set were perforated by both line and comb perforators. A line perforated stamp is perforated one line at a time. A comb perforated stamp is perforated on three sides at once. The result is visible on the corners of the stamp. Comb perforated stamps tend to have neatly trimmed corners, while line perforated stamps tend to have more rounded corners. A scan of each example is shown below in case you want to look for them on this set.

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 12,000 5/ issues and 10,000 £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
Line Perforation
Comb Perforation
CW G26 - SG 131 - ST 118
1/2d Green
CW G27 - SG 132 - ST 119
1d Carmine
CW G28 - SG 132a - ST 119
1d Red
CW G29 - SG 132b - ST 120
1-1/2d Brown
CW G30 - SG 133 - ST 121
2d Grey
CW G31 - SG 133a - ST 122
2-1/2d Bright Blue
CW G32 - SG 134 - ST 123
3d Bright Blue
CW G33 - SG 135 - ST 124
3d Purple
Yellow Paper
CW G34 - SG 135a - ST 125
4d Red
Yellow Paper
CW G35 - SG 136 - ST 126
5d Sage-Green
CW G36 - SG 137 - ST 127
6d Claret
  CW G37 - SG 138 - ST 128
1/ Bistre-Brown
CW G38 - SG 138a - ST 128
1/ Ochre
  CW G39 - SG 139 - ST 129
2/ Blue &
CW G40 - SG 140 - ST 130
5/ Carmine &
CW G41 - SG 141 - ST 131
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