Turks & Caicos Islands
King George V
1928 Set

Updated - December, 2017

Identifying the Turks & Caicos Islands 1928 Set is a matter of sorting between the various similar designs used for the King George V definitives from the Colony, then the color shades and paper colors for some of the values. This set of stamps replaced the second King George V set beginning in 1928, and was replaced by the King George VI set in 1938.

Many collectors have trouble just determining the differences between the design used for these stamps. Shown below are examples from the 1/2d values of the 1913, 1922, and 1928 issues. Look underneath the King's portrait to see the differences between a scroll holding the value in the 1913 set, and a rectangle holding the value in the 1922 and 1928 sets. The 1913 and 1922 sets are marked Postage only, while the 1928 Set is marked Postage & Revenue. You should also notice that the value is shown on the top of the 1913 set, but it was replaced by a crown and moved toward the bottom on the other two sets.

The stamps were all printed on paper watermarked Multiple Script CA so you do not have to sort the watermarks for this set. I have excluded the watermark image from this page because it is not needed for any comparisons.

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. Thick paper tends to not show less of the black background when you look at the back of the stamp against black paper. Colored and thick paper is best identified looking at the back of the stamp also. 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 print quantities for this set, but would be happy to add them if someone submits them to me.

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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1913 Set Design 1922 Set Design 1928 Set Design
CW G47 - SG 176 - ST 60
1/2d Yellow-Green
CW G47a - SG 176 - ST 60
1/2d Green
CW G48 - SG 177 - ST 61
1d Bistre-Brown
CW G48a - SG 177 - ST 61
1d Sepia-Brown
CW G48b - SG 177 - ST 61
1d Brown
CW G49 - SG 178 - ST 62
1-1/2d Scarlet
CW G50 - SG 179 - ST 63
2d Deep Slate-Grey
CW G50a - SG 179 - ST 63
2d Slate-Grey
CW G51 - SG 180 - ST 64
2-1/2d Purple
Lemon-Yellow Paper
CW G51a - SG 180 - ST 64
2-1/2d Reddish-Purple
Lemon-Yellow Paper
CW G51b - SG 180 - ST 64
2-1/2d Deep Purple
Pale Yellow Paper
CW G52 - SG 181 - ST 65
3d Dull Blue
CW G52a - SG 181 - ST 65
3d Bright Blue
CW G53 - SG 182 - ST 66
6d Purple
CW G53a - SG 182 - ST 66
6d Reddish-Purple
CW G54 - SG 183 - ST 67
1/ Brown-Orange
CW G55 - SG 184 - ST 68
2/ Red
Emerald Paper
CW G56 - SG 185 - ST 69
5/ Deep Green
Yellow-Buff Paper
CW G56a - SG 185 - ST 69
5/ Bright Green
Lemon-Yellow Paper
CW G57 - SG 186 - ST 70
10/ Slate-Purple
Blue Paper

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Classic Turks & Caicos Islands Stamps for sale based on the identification from this article.
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