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. 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 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 &
Violet
CW G25 - SG 277 - ST 196
12c Deep Orange &
Deep Violet
       
CW G26 - SG 278 - ST 197
24c Dull Purple &
Green
CW G27 - SG 279 - ST 198
48c Black &
Purple
CW G28 - SG 280 - ST 199
60c Green &
Rosine
CW G29 - SG 281 - ST 200
72c Dull Purple &
Orange-Brown
       
CW G30 - SG 282 - ST 201
96c Black &
Red
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.
       
Index to KGVI Stamp Description Web Sites
       
Links to British Colonial Stamp Sites