Barbados King George V Definitive Issues
Updated - July, 2017
 

Identifying the Barbados King George V 1925 issues is primarily a matter of determining the perforation of some of the values, and color differences for other ones. All of the stamps were issued on paper that was watermarked with the Multiple Script CA that was in use at that time, so you do not have to find the watermark to isolate this set of stamps.

Unlike previous Barbados stamps, this set was available for both postage and revenue. Stamps to 3/ were printed with this dual purpose. Higher values of 5/ to £100 were printed for Revenue use only. These revenue stamps were Great Britain issues overprinted Barbados, so they do not have the same design as the 1925 set.

Most of the stamps were perforated 14 on all sides, but some of the 1/2d, 1d, 1-1/2d, 2-1/2d, and 1/ issues were perforated 13-1/2 by 12-1/2 in 1931 and 1932. This happened because a new perforator was put into use at this time. Printings made after 1932 were perforated 14, the same as earlier printings.

You will need to notice the design differences between this issue and the later King George VI set. The easiest way is to notice that Postage & Revenue is engraved on the top between the scrolls. This was replaced with a line on the later KGVI set.

Unlike modern stamps which are issued in the millions, sets like this one were issued very conservatively. This set was issued from 1925 until 1935. The 2/6 issues of this set were issued in a net quantity of 44,000 stamps. This becomes 26,072 total stamps when you take into account the 17,928 stamps that were destroyed in 1938. The 3/ issues were printed twice with a total of 51,840 stamps produced.

The quantities printed and other details mentioned above are from "The Stamps of Barbados" by Edmund A. Bayley. Mr. Bayley notes that other values were printed from one to as many as fourteen times. So there are some interesting color and perforation variations to look for.

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.

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Watermark
Multiple Script CA
CW G77 - SG 229 - ST 165
1/4d Brown
Perf 14
CW G78 - SG 229 - ST 165
1/4d Grey-Brown
Perf 14
CW G79 - SG 230 - ST 166
1/2d Green
Perf 14
       
CW G80 - SG 230- ST 166
1/2d Grey-Green
Perf 14
CW G102 - SG 230a - ST 166a
1/2d Green
Perf 13-1/2 x 12-1/2

CW G103 - SG 230a - ST 166a
1/2d Dull Green
Perf 13-1/2 x 12-1/2
CW G81 - SG 231 - ST 167
1d Rose
Perf 14
       
CW G82 - SG 231- ST 167
1d Rosine
Perf 14
CW G83 - SG 231 - ST 167
1d Scarlet
Perf 14
CW G104 - SG 231c - ST 167a
1d Scarlet
Perf 13-1/2 x 12-1/2
CW G105 - SG 231c - ST 167a
1d Rosine
Perf 13-1/2 x 12-1/2
 
CW G84 - SG 231d- ST 168b
1-1/2d Orange
Perf 14
CW G106 - SG 231da - ST 168
1-1/2d Orange
Perf 13-1/2 x 12-1/2
CW G107 - SG 231da - ST 168
1-1/2d Red-Orange
Perf 13-1/2 x 12-1/2
CW G85 - SG 232 - ST 169
2d Grey
Perf 14
 
CW G86 - SG 233- ST 170
2-1/2d Blue
Perf 14
CW G87 - SG 233a - ST 170
2-1/2d Bright Ultramarine
Perf 14
CW G108 - SG 233ab - ST 170a
2-1/2d Bright Ultramarine
Perf 13-1/2 x 12-1/2
CW G88 - SG 234 - ST 171
3d Brown
Yellow Paper
Perf 14
 
CW G89 - SG 234a- ST 172
3d Orange-Brown
Pale Yellow Paper
Perf 14
CW G90 - SG 234 - ST 171
3d Yellow-Brown
Pale Yellow Paper
Perf 14
CW G91 - SG 235 - ST 173
4d Red
Yellow Paper
Perf 14
CW G92 - SG 235 - ST 173
4d Brown-Red
Yellow Paper
Perf 14
The easiest way to sort the yellow or green papers is to place the stamps face down on black paper and note the differences.
 
CW G93 - SG 235- ST 173
4d Rosine
Pale Yellow Paper
Perf 14
CW G94 - SG 236 - ST 174
6d Purple
Perf 14
CW G95 - SG 236 - ST 174
6d Mauve
Perf 14
CW G96 - SG 237 - ST 175
1/ Grey-Black
Green Paper
Perf 14
 
CW G97 - SG 237- ST 175
1/ Black
Green Paper
Perf 14
CW G97a - SG 237 - ST 175
1/ Black
Pale Green Paper
Perf 14
CW G97b - SG 237 - ST 175
1/ Black
Blue-Green Paper
Perf 14
CW G98 - SG 237b - ST 176
1/ Brown-Black
Bright Yellow Green Paper
Perf 14
 

CW G109 - SG 237a- ST 175a
1/ Black
Emerald Paper

Perf 13-1/2 x 12-1/2

CW G99 - SG 238 - ST 177
2/ Purple
Blue Paper
Perf 14
CW G100 - SG 238a - ST 178
2/6 Carmine
Blue Paper
Perf 14
CW G101 - SG 239 - ST 179
3/ Deep Violet
Perf 14
 

This article was written to help you identify your stamps.
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