Barbados King George V Definitive Issues
from the 1916 Set

Updated - July, 2017

Identifying the Barbados 1916 set issues is primarily a matter of determining the difference in various color shades which resulted as the stamps were reprinted during the course of the set's production.

Unlike modern stamps which are issued in the millions, sets like this one were issued very conservatively. This set was issued from 1916 until 1920. The 3/ issues of this set were issued in a quantity of 6,120 for the initial Deep Violet stamp from the 1916 printing, 6,240 for the Green and Deep Violet issue of 1917, and 2,040 for the Green and Bright Violet printing of 1919.

The quantities printed are from "The Stamps of Barbados" by Edmund A. Bayley. Mr. Bayley indicates that there were from one to six printings of values from this set. Some of the printings resulted in color differences which are listed in some of the catalogues.

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. The descriptions are from the Commonwealth catalogue, but I have also included the Gibbons descriptions below them since when is disagreement about the color shades between the two catalogues.

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Multiple Crown CA
CW G16- SG 181 - ST 127
1/4d Deep Brown
(SG - Deep Brown)
CW G17 - SG 181a - ST 127
1/4d Chestnut-Brown
(SG - Chestnut-Brown)
CW G18 - SG 181b- ST 127
1/4d Dull Brown
(SG - Sepia-Brown)
CW G19 - SG 182 - ST 128
1/2d Green
(SG - Green)
CW G20 - SG 182a - ST 128
1/2d Deep Green
(SG - Deep Green)
CW G21 - SG 182b - ST 128
1/2d Yellow-Green
(SG - Pale Green)
CW G22 - SG 183 - ST 129
1d Rose-Red
(SG - Deep Red)
CW G23 - SG 183a - ST 129
1d Carmine
(SG - Bright Carmine-Red)
CW G24- SG 183b - ST 129
1d Scarlet
(SG - Pale Carmine-Red)
CW G25 - SG 183- ST 129
1d Deep Scarlet
(SG - Deep Red)
CW G26 - SG 184 - ST 130
2d Grey
(SG - Grey)
CW G27 - SG 184a - ST 130
2d Slate
(SG - Grey-Black)
CW G28- SG 185 - ST 131
2-1/2d Ultramarine
(SG - Deep Ultramarine)
CW G28 - SG 185a - ST 131
2-1/2d Ultramarine
(SG - Royal Blue)
CW G29 - SG 186 - ST 132
3d Purple
Yellow Paper
(SG - Thin Paper)
CW G30 - SG 186a - ST 132
3d Purple-Brown
Pale Yellow Paper
(SG - Deep Purple
Thick Yellow Paper)
CW G31- SG 187 - ST 133
4d Carmine-Red
Yellow Paper
CW G32 - SG 187 - ST 133
4d Scarlet
Yellow Paper
CW G33 - SG 188 - ST 135
6d Purple
CW G34 - SG 188 - ST 135
6d Reddish-Purple

CW G35- SG 189 - ST 136
1/ Black
Green Paper
CW G36 - SG 189 - ST 136
1/ Grey-Black
Bluish-Grey Paper
CW G37 - SG 190 - ST 137
2/ Purple
Blue Paper
CW G38 - SG 191 - ST 138
3/ Deep Violet
CW G39 - SG 199 - ST 134
4d Black & Red
CW G40 - SG 200 - ST 139
3/ Green & Deep Violet
CW G41 - SG 200a - ST 139a
3/ Green & Bright Violet

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