British Guiana Definitive Issues
Watermarked Multiple Script CA

Updated - August, 2017

Identifying the British Guiana King George V issues watermarked Multiple Script CA is primarily a matter of determining the watermark and then sorting a few color 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 Script CA, which was printed beginning in 1921.

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

Unlike modern stamps which are issued in the millions, definitive sets from this time period were issued very conservatively. In an article appearing in the London Philatelist - "British Guiana: The Printings of the King George V Stamps 1913 - 1921 and 1921 - 1927 Issues" by Richard Maisel and Peter Ford, it was noted that there were 153,062 of the 96c stamps, and 60,062 of the 60c stamps printed. Please consult the article for more details on the remaing stamps printed as well as other useful information about this issue. Thanks to Anthony Cole for providing the update.

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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Multiple Crown CA
Multiple Script CA
CW G18 - SG 272 - ST 191
1c Green
CW G19 - SG 273 - ST 192
2c Rose-Carmine
CW G20 - SG 274 - ST 193
2c Violet
CW G21 - SG 274 - ST 193
2c Reddish-Violet
CW G22 - SG 275 - ST 194
4c Brown &
Bright Purple
CW G23 - SG 276 - ST 195
6c Bright Blue
CW G24 - SG 277 - ST 196
12c Dull Orange &
CW G25 - SG 277 - ST 196
12c Deep Orange &
Deep Violet
CW G26 - SG 278 - ST 197
24c Dull Purple &
CW G27 - SG 279 - ST 198
48c Black &
CW G28 - SG 280 - ST 199
60c Green &
CW G29 - SG 281 - ST 200
72c Dull Purple &
CW G30 - SG 282 - ST 201
96c Black &
Yellow Paper

This article was written to help you identify your stamps.
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