British Guiana King George V Definitive Issues
Watermarked Multiple Crown CA

Updated - August, 2017
 

Identifying the British Guiana King George V issues watermarked Multiple Crown CA is primarily a matter of determining the watermark and then sorting the color and paper shades. The design of King George V and the Badge of the Colony was used from 1913 thru 1934 with two different watermarks: Multiple Crown CA and Multiple Script CA. This article deals only with the issues watermarked Multiple Crown CA, which was printed beginning in 1913 until they were replaced by the stamps watermarked Multiple Script CA.

If you have trouble determining the watermarks on these stamps, try looking at them face down against black paper. The stamps watermarked Multiple Crown CA has a smaller crown and the letters are block letters rather than script. See the images of the two watermarks below for reference.

Sorting colors is a matter of comparing server al copies (if you can find them). This will help you see the differences. I find it is easier to sort the colored papers by looking at the back of the stamp. The papers noted as bluish are typically not really blue, but more likely just off-white or maybe greyish.

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 30,000 for the higher values. Please feel free to supply the print quantities if you have them.

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
Multiple Crown CA
Watermark
Multiple Script CA
 
       
CW G1 - SG 259 - ST 178
1c Yellow-Green
CW G2 - SG 259a - ST 178
1c Blue-Green
Bluish Paper
CW G3 - SG 260 - ST 179a
2c Carmine
CW G4 - SG 260a - ST 179
2c Scarlet
       

 

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CW G5 - SG 261 - ST 180
4c Brown &
Bright Purple
CW G5A - SG 261b - ST 180
4c Deep Brown &
Purple
Bluish Paper
CW G6 - SG 262 - ST 181
5c Bright Blue
CW G7 - SG 262 - ST 181
5c Pale Ultramarine
Bluish Grey Paper
       
CW G8 - SG 263 - ST 182
6c Grey &
Black
CW G9 - SG 264 - ST 183
12c Orange &
Violet
CW G10 - SG 264 - ST 183
12c Dull Orange &
Purple
Bluish Paper
CW G11 - SG 265 - ST 184
24c Dull Purple &
Green
       
CW G12 - SG 266 - ST 185
48c Grey &
Purple-Brown
CW G13 - SG 266 - ST 185
48c Sepia &
Purple-Brown
CW G14 - SG 267 - ST 186
60c Green &
Rosine
CW G14a - SG 267 - ST 186
60c Green &
Rosine
Bluish Paper
       
CW G15 - SG 268 - ST 187
72c Purple &
Orange-Brown
CW G16 - SG 269 - ST 188
96c Black &
Vermilion
Yellow Paper
CW G16a - SG 269a - ST 189
96c Black &
Vermilion
Yellow Paper - White Back
CW G16b - SG 269b - ST 188
96c Black &
Vermilion
Lemon Paper
       
CW G16c - SG 269c - ST 188
96c Black &
Vermilion
Pale Yellow Paper
 

This article was written to help you identify your stamps.
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Classic British Guiana Stamps for sale based on the identification from this article.
       
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