Dominica King George V Definitive Issues
Watermarked Multiple Crown CA

Updated - August, 2017

Identifying the Dominica King George V issues watermarked Multiple Crown CA is primarily a matter of determining the watermark, and then sorting between ordinary and chalk paper for the 3d and 1/ issues, sorting the color on the 1/2d, 1d, 2d, 2-1/2d, 3d and 6d issues, and finally finding the bluish paper colors for the 1/2d, 1d, 2d, and 6d issues. If that is not enough of a challenge, you can also look for the watermark varieties of which there are many.

The design was used from 1903 until it was replaced with a new design in 1923. You will find it printed on paper with three different watermarks, Crown CC, Multiple Crown CA, and Multiple Script CA. This article deals only with the King George V issues watermarked Multiple Crown CA, which were printed from 1908 to 1921 when they were replaced with stamps printed on paper watermarked Multiple Script CA.

You probably need a few copies of the stamps to accurately sort the surface and paper colors. I typically compare them against both white and black paper. Look for differences that are not too subtle. There was always variation during this time period, but typically the color changes result from mixing new ink for a second or later printing. They did not have computer color analysis during this time period, so things are just not exact. As you are sorting the 1/2d values, remember there is a green shade that is from the KEVII issues with this design.

The bluish paper issues are not really blue. They tend to be less white than the typical paper and might look a little greyish or possibly bluish. They are best seen from the back.

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 will appear sideways, except for the 5/ issue which was printed upright. When viewed from the back, the CA will be at either the right or the left side of the paper compared to the crown. The Stanley Gibbons catalogue indicates that most of the issues were printed with the watermark showing the Crown to the right of CA. However some were printed with the Crown to the Left of CA, and there are also inverted and reversed watermarks. The three images below shows the way the watermark should appear when viewed with the stamp placed face down.

Determining Chalk Paper for this issue, my suggestion is that you rub your finger across the face of the stamp. It will move smoothly over chalk paper, and will feel some resistance over the ordinary paper. For the record, chalk paper is really just paper with a coating which helps the ink be applied more effectively. It tends to leave a better quality impression and in many cases also will seem a little shiny when looked at under a good light source.

Unlike modern stamps which are issued in the millions, definitive sets in the early 1900's were issued very conservatively. The 1/ issue was printed in a quantity of 18,120 for the combined chalk and ordinary paper. I do not have the print quantities for the higher values, but typically they would be much lower than the 1/. Please feel free to add this information if you have it.

The catalog numbers are from the 1980 Commonwealth Five Reigns Catalogue (CW), 2013 Stanley Gibbons Stamp Catalogue (SG) and the 2011 Scott catalog (ST). Some of the catalogues show these issues in different order than you will see them here. The description and print quantities 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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Watermark Multiple Crown CA
Crown to the Right of CA
Watermark Multiple Crown CA
Watermark Multiple Crown CA
Crown to the Left of CA
The watermark is sideways on all stamps except for the 5/ issue.
CW G1 - SG 47 - ST 50
1/2d Blue-Green
CW G2 - SG 47b - ST 50
1/2d Deep Green
CW G2a - SG 47b - ST 50
1/2d Deep Green
Bluish Paper
CW G3 - SG 48 - ST 51a
1d Carmine-Red
CW G4 - SG 48b - ST 51
1d Scarlet
CW G4a - SG 48b - ST 51
1d Scarlet
Bluish Paper
CW G5 - SG 49 - ST 52
2d Grey
CW G5a - SG 49 - ST 52
2d Grey
Bluish Paper
CW G6 - SG 48b - ST 52
2d Slate
CW G7 - SG 50 - ST 53
2-1/2d Blue
CW G8 - SG 50b - ST 53
2-1/2d Bright Blue
CW G9 - SG 51 - ST 40
3d Purple
Yellow Chalk Paper
CW G9 - SG 51a - ST 40
3d Purple
Yellow Ordinary Paper
CW G9a - SG 51ab - ST 40
3d Purple
Pale Yellow Paper
CW G10 - SG 52 - ST 42
6d Dull & Bright Purple
Chalk Paper
CW G11 - SG 52a - ST 42
6d Dull Purple
Ordinary Paper
CW G11a - SG 52a - ST 42
6d Dull Purple
Ordinary Bluish Paper
CW G12 - SG 53 - ST 44
1/ Black
Green Chalk Paper
CW G12 - SG 53a - ST 44
1/ Black
Green Ordinary Paper
CW G13 - SG 53b - ST 46
2/ Purple & Blue
Blue Ordinary Paper
CW G14 - SG 53c - ST 48
2/6 Black & Red
Blue Ordinary Paper
CW G15 - SG - ST
5/ Red & Green
Yellow Chalk Paper

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