Barbados King George V Victory Set
Updated - July, 2017

Identifying the Barbados Victory issues is primarily a matter of determining the watermark between Multiple Crown CA and Multiple Script CA for the 1d issue, and sorting some color varieties for several other issues.

This set was issued from 1920 until 1921 to commemorate the end of World War I. The attractive designs were commissioned specifically for this issue by the Colony. The pence values show a miniture of the "Winged Victory" which hangs in the Lourve in Paris, and the shilling values are from "Victory" by Sir Thomas Brock that surmounts the Imperial Memorial to Queen Victoria in front of Buckingham Palace in London.

Unlike modern stamps which are issued in the millions, sets like this one were issued very conservatively. The 2/ and 3/ issues of this set were issued in a quantity of 16,980 and 19,740 stamps. The image sources and quantities printed are from "The Stamps of Barbados" by Edmund A. Bayley.

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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Multiple Crown CA
Multiple Script CA
CW G46 - SG x - ST x
1/4d Black &
CW G47 - SG x- ST x
1/4d Pale Grey &
Note the shape of the two crowns, and the A's it will help you. The brown color seems to be the best way to sort this stamp.
CW G48 - SG x - ST x
1/2d Black &
Bright Yellow-Green
CW G49 - SG x - ST x
1/2d Pale-Grey &
CW G50 - SG x - ST x
1d Black &
Watermark - MCA
CW G61 - SG x- ST x
1d Black &
Wmk - MSCA
CW G51 - SG x - ST x
2d Black &
CW G52 - SG x - ST x
2-1/2d Indigo &
CW G53 - SG x - ST x
2-1/2d Indigo &
CW G54 - SG x- ST x
3d Black &
CW G55 - SG x - ST x
4d Black &

CW G56 - SG x - ST x
6d Black &
CW G57 - SG x - ST x
6d Black &
CW G58 - SG x- ST x
1/ Black &
Bright Green

CW G59 - SG x - ST x
2/ Black &
CW G60 - SG x - ST x
3/ Black &

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