Identifying the King
Visual examples with dates from the Stanley Gibbons Catalogue
| Green Paper
| Green Paper - Blue-Green Shade
|Green Paper - Olive Back
|Emerald Surface Paper
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.
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