King George V Stamps

King George V, reigned as King of the United Kingdom and the British Empire from 1910 until his death in 1936.
There were a variety of postage stamps issued during his reign including definitive stamps (regularly issued stamps), commemorative stamps, and postage due labels along with several philatelic firsts.

These stamps reflected the changing political landscape, technological advancements in printing, and the cultural and historical events of the era. Many collectors find King George V stamps fascinating due to their diverse designs, historical significance, and the challenges of collecting complete sets or rare varieties.
The value of a King George V stamp can vary considerably depending on a number of factors, including the rarity of the stamp, its condition, and the presence of any errors or oddities.

Philatelic Firsts

The first postage due labels were issued in 1914, and the first commemorative stamps were issued in 1924 to celebrate the British Empire Exhibition. KGV also oversaw the first stamps to be produced using the Photogravure process.


Photogravure Printing Process

This process involves a new process called photogravure, which transferred a photographic negative to a metal plate, which was then etched to create the design of the stamp, producing stamps with finer details and sharper images than previous methods used under Queen Victoria’s reign.



During King George V's reign, several notable stamp issues were produced, including:


The "Downey Head" issue (1911-1912):

This series featured a portrait of King George V's likeness based on a photograph by W. & D. Downey. It was the first definitive stamp series of his reign, and it was issued in various denominations and colours.


The "Seahorses" issue (1913-1934):

Perhaps one of the most famous stamp series of King George V's reign, the "Seahorses" stamps are highly regarded for their design and printing quality. They feature a profile of King George V on a horseback and were issued in high denominations to facilitate international postage, particularly for parcels and heavy mail.


The "Silver Jubilee" issue (1935):

Issued to commemorate King George V's Silver Jubilee (25th year on the throne), this series featured a portrait of the King alongside images symbolizing the British Empire. It included stamps with various denominations and designs.


The "Postal Union Congress" issue (1929):

These stamps were released to coincide with the Postal Union Congress held in London in 1929. They featured a portrait of King George V and were issued in various denominations.

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Nyasaland 1934-35 Set of 9 SG114-122 V.F MNH
Regular Price £45.00 Special Price £36.00
New Zealand 1931 £1 Pink SGF158 Superb MNH
Regular Price £85.00 Special Price £68.00
New Zealand 1931 £2 Bright Purple SGF162 Superb MNH
Regular Price £425.00 Special Price £340.00
New Zealand 1931 7s6d Olive-Grey SGF152 Superb MNH
Regular Price £85.00 Special Price £68.00
New Zealand 1931 8s Slate-Violet SGF153 Superb MNH
Regular Price £60.00 Special Price £48.00
New Zealand 1935 Air Set of 3 SG570-572 Fine MNH
Regular Price £6.00 Special Price £4.80
New Zealand 1936 Set of 2 SG591-592 V.F MNH Corner Pairs
Regular Price £3.00 Special Price £2.40
New Zealand 1936 Set of 14 SG577-590 Good MNH CV £220+
Regular Price £110.00 Special Price £88.00
Nigeria 1936 Set of 12 SG34-45 Superb MNH
Regular Price £275.00 Special Price £220.00
Niue 1928 £1 Rose-Pink SG37c Superb MNH
Regular Price £180.00 Special Price £144.00
Niue 1929 5s Yellow-Green SG37a V.F MNH
Regular Price £35.00 Special Price £28.00
Niue 1932-36 Set of 7 SG62-68 V.F MNH
Regular Price £20.00 Special Price £16.00
Northern Rhodesia 1925 3s Violet & Blue SG13 V.F MNH
Regular Price £50.00 Special Price £40.00
Bermuda 1927 2s Purple & Bright Blue-Pale Blue SG88 Fine & Fresh LMM
Regular Price £30.00 Special Price £24.00
Bermuda 1927 2s Purple & Bright Blue-Pale Blue SG88 Fine LMM
Regular Price £30.00 Special Price £24.00
Bermuda 1927 2s Purple & Bright Blue-Pale Blue SG88 Fine MM (2)
Regular Price £28.00 Special Price £22.40
Bermuda 1927 2s Purple & Bright Blue-Pale Blue SG88 Fine MM (3)
Regular Price £28.00 Special Price £22.40
Bermuda 1927 2s Purple & Bright Blue-Pale Blue SG88 Fine MM
Regular Price £28.00 Special Price £22.40
Bermuda 1927 2s Purple & Bright Blue-Pale Blue SG88 Fine VLMM
Regular Price £20.00 Special Price £16.00
Bermuda 1927 2s Purple & Bright Blue-Pale Blue SG88 Good MNH
Regular Price £26.00 Special Price £20.80
Bermuda 1927 2s Purple & Bright Blue-Pale Blue SG88 V.F MNH
Regular Price £50.00 Special Price £40.00
Bermuda 1931 2s Purple & Blue-Grey Blue SG88a Fine MM
Regular Price £40.00 Special Price £32.00
Swaziland 1933 10s Sepia SG20 Fine VLMM
Regular Price £80.00 Special Price £64.00
Grenada 1921-22 Postage Due Set of 4 SGD11-D14 Fine MM
Regular Price £13.00 Special Price £10.40