Trinidad & Tobago
King George V
Multiple Script CA Issues

Updated - December, 2017

Identifying the Trinidad & Tobago 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 a few values. This set of stamps replaced the King George V Multiple Crown CA watermarked paper beginning in 1921. It was replaced with a new design beginning in 1922.

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. Due to the short time period before this set was replaced, there are probably not a lot of printings for this set. Please feel to provide printing information if you have it for this set.

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 G55 - SG 206 - ST 12
1/2d Green
CW G56 - SG 206 - ST 12
1/2d Yellow-Green
CW G57 - SG 207 - ST 13
1d Scarlet
CW G58 - SG 208 - ST 14
1d Brown
CW G59 - SG 209 - ST 15
2d Grey
CW G60 - SG 210 - ST 16
2-1/2d Bright Blue
CW G61 - SG 211 - ST 17
2-1/2d Bright Blue
CW G62 - SG 212 - ST 18
6d Dull Purple &
Bright Purple
  CW G63 - SG 212 - ST 18
6d Dull Purple &
CW G64 - SG 212 - ST 18
6d Brown-Purple &
  CW G65 - SG 213 - ST 19
5/ Dull Purple &
CW G66 - SG 214 - ST 19
5/ Deep Purple &
CW G67 - SG 215 - ST 20
£1 Green &

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