British Guiana
King George V Pictorial Issues

Updated - August 2017

The British Guiana pictorial issues comprise two different sets. The initial one was issued in 1931 to commemorate the union of 3 counties to form the Colony of British Guiana. These issues all have banners showing 1831 and 1931. The design must have been popular because it was used again in 1934 for the new definitive issues which replaced the previous King George V set, and for the King George VI set which was issued in 1938.

The stamp designs that were used for the 1934 set differ from the 1931 issues in that the dates are no longer included in the design. These designs were also used for the King George VI set which was printed into the 1950's. Where King George V's image was included, the portrait of the new King was substituted. Other issues, like the 3c, 12c, 24c, 48c, 72c, and 96c were used with no changes in the design. New colors were used for the 24c, 48c and 96c values. The 72c issue was used with no changes. Perforation changes from the original Perf 12.5 are found in the 3c and 12c values. These are not shown here because they were issued only during the King George VI era.

Unlike modern stamps which are issued in the millions, definitive sets from this time period were issued very conservatively. Both sets were printed in quantities less than 25,000. This number is for the $1 values, the remaining values were printed in greater quantity.

The catalog numbers are from the 1980 Commonwealth Five Reigns Catalogue (CW), 2011 Stanley Gibbons Stamp Catalogue (SG) and the 2011 Scott catalog (ST). The description and printing details are from the Commonwealth Catalogue. 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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1931 Centenary Set
24,120 Sets Printed
CW G31 - SG 283 - ST 205
1c Emerald-Green
CW G32 - SG 284 - ST 206
2c Brown
CW G33 - SG 285 - ST 207
4c Carmine
  CW G34 - SG 286 - ST 208
6c Blue
CW G35 - SG 287 - ST 209
$1 Violet
1934 Definitive Set
26,400 Sets Printed
CW G36 - SG 288 - ST
1c Green
CW G37 - SG 289 - ST
2c Red-Brown
CW G38 - SG 290 - ST
3c Scarlet
CW G39 - SG 291 - ST
4c Slate-Violet
CW G40 - SG 292 - ST
6c Deep Ultramarine
CW G41 - SG 293 - ST
12c Red-Orange
CW G42 - SG 294 - ST
24c Purple
CW G43 - SG 295 - ST
48c Black
CW G44 - SG 296 - ST
50c Green
CW G45 - SG 297 - ST
60c Red-Brown
CW G46 - SG 298 - ST
72c Purple
CW G47 - SG 299 - ST
96c Black
CW G48 - SG 300 - ST
$1 Bright Violet

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