British Guiana Definitive Issues Watermarked Crown CA
Updated - July, 2017
 

Identifying the British Guiana watermarked Crown CA Badge of the Colony issues is primarily a matter of determining the watermark and then sorting by color shades for some of the issues. The design was used from 1889 thru 1910 with two different watermarks. This article deals only with the issues watermarked Crown CA, which was printed until 1907.

If you have trouble determining the watermarks on these stamps, try looking at them face down against black paper. The stamps watermarked Crown CA will always be centered fairly well to the stamp, and the design does not repeat, so even if you can not see the entire watermark, the CA will always be toward the bottom. See the image below for reference. There are watermark varieties for some of the stamps in this set. These include inverted and reversed watermarks. The image shown below is the way the watermark should look as seen from the back of the stamp. Anything different will be one of the varieties.

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 these issues, but typical sets from other Colonies at this time were printed in quantities of less than 10,000. Please feel free to supply the print quantities if you have them.

This set is listed in various arrangements by the three catalogues. Since the design was in use during both Queen Victoria's and King Edward VII's reign; I am listing all of the values together sorted by denomination with the catalogue numbers underneath them. I think it is easier to sort the stamps this way.

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 and dates are from the Commonwealth Catalogue. I am not sure I agree with every color description, but it is a relative thing. You really need to see a number of stamps to really sort by color. 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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Watermark
Crown CA
CW V187 - SG 193 - ST 130
1c Dull Purple &
Slate-Grey
1889
CW V188 - SG 213 - ST 131
1c Sea-Green
1891
CW E1 - SG 233 - ST 131A
1c Grey-Green
CW - 1907 -SG - 1902
       
CW V189 - SG 194 - ST 132
2c Dull Purple &
Orange
1889
CW V190 - SG 234 - ST 133
2c Dull Purple &
Carmine
1900
CW E2 - SG 235 - ST 134
2c Dull Purple &
Black on Red Paper
1901
CW V191 - SG 195 - ST 135
4c Dull Purple &
Ultramarine
1889
       
CW V192 - SG 196 - ST 135a
4c Dull Purple &
Cobalt
1889
CW V193 - SG 214 - ST 136
5c Ultramarine
1891
CW V194 - SG 197 - ST 137a
6c Dull Purple &
Brown
1889
CW V195 - SG 198 - ST 137
6c Dull Purple &
Maroon
1889
       
CW E3 - SG 236 - ST 138
6c Grey-Black &
Ultramarine
1902
CW V196 - SG 199 - ST 139
8c Dull Purple &
Rose
1889
CW V197 - SG 215 - ST 140
8c Dull Purple &
Greenish-Black
1890
CW V198 - SG 200 - ST 141
12c Dull Purple &
Bright Purple
1889
       
CW V199 - SG 200a - ST 141
12c Dull Purple &
Mauve
1889
CW V200 - SG 201 - ST 142
24c Dull Purple &
Green
1889
CW V201 - SG 202 - ST 143
48c Dull-Purple &
Orange-Red
1889
CW E4 - SG 237 - ST 144
48c Grey &
Purple-Brown
1901
       
CW E5 - SG 237a - ST 144
48c Brownish-Grey &
Brown
1907
CW E6 - SG 238 - ST 145
60c Green &
Rosine
1903
CW V202 - SG 203 - ST 146
72c Dull Purple &
Red-Brown
1889
CW V203 - SG 204 - ST 146
72c Dull Purple &
Yellow-Brown
1889
       
   
  CW V204 - SG 205 - ST 147
96c Dull Purple &
Carmine
1889
CW V205 - SG 206 - ST 147
96c Dull Purple &
Rosine
1889
 
 

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Classic British Guiana Stamps for sale based on the identification from this article.
       
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