Identifying the King George V
Watermark Multiple Crown CA Keyplate
1/ GreenPaper Issues

Visual examples with dates from the Stanley Gibbons Catalogue
Updated - September, 2017

   
 
 Green Paper
1913
White Back
1914
       
Green Paper - Olive Back
1917
Emerald Surface Paper
1920's
   
   
Emerald Paper
1922
 

This article is intended to help collectors sort the various green papers used in the KGV Keyplates from various British Colonies printed by De La Rue. Please note as you observe the various colors displayed that the web is not an absolutely true means for displaying color. So notice the differences, but do not use them to make absolute judgements of your stamps as compared to them.

I find comparing colors to require the use of white and black paper, twin spotlamps, and more than one or two copies of the stamps (as many as possible is helpful).

Place the stamps on the black paper and sort by looking at the back and grouping them by what seems to look the same color. The white and blue-green paper issues are pretty easy to spot. Note the difference between green and emerald and if you have one that seems to have the qualities of both on the front and back, my feeling is that this is the one noted as the emerald surface paper.

Hopefully this information is useful to you. Please feel free to write with comments, or additional information.

       
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