BELIZE 1986 ROYAL WEDDING STAMP ERRORS AND VARIETIES PRINTED BY THE FORMAT INTERNATIONAL SECURITY PRINTERS LTD.
Information and Reference on the 1986 Royal Wedding Stamp Sheetlets and Souvenir Sheets made for Belize
BELIZE 1986 ROYAL WEDDING SHEETLET Scott# 833 STANLEY GIBBONS# 941-3
BELIZE 1986 ROYAL WEDDING SOUVENIR SHEET Scott# 834 STANLEY GIBBONS# MS944
Information on this series is changing as more information is being discovered. This page and associated pages
will be updated as more information is made available.
The following assessment on the creation, production and distribution of the 1986 Royal Wedding stamp issues for Belize and
absolute proof that the inverted black inscriptions error stamp sheetlet was intentionally created and is NOT a
rarity nor genuine error will be revealed on this page. Sorry to say but this devalues the "error" to the status of many other
made for collector errors produced by the Format Printers. At present these varieties are being offered and sold for anywhere
between $120.00 to $350.00 for a strip of three. The value should be $10.00 to $15.00 for a strip of three. They are simply an interesting novelty.
The assessment is taken from the documents obtained from the trial exhibits presented by the prosecuting attorney in the trials against
the printers and associated companies in 1989. Even though the stamps in question were proven to not be made illegally, they still are
intentionally made for collector errors and some stamp dealers and their companies deceitfully sold them to unaware collectors as genuine
errors comparing them with stamps such as the U.S. inverted Jenny and such.
The story begins.
Around April 16, 1986 a Mr. D. Issa owner of Numismatica International Corp. S. A. (NIC) located in Vaduz, Leichtenstein requested an
estimate from the Format Printers for 10,000 sheetlets and 20,000 souvenir sheets for a newly designed stamp issue for Belize for
the 1986 Royal Wedding of Prince Andrew and Miss Sarah Ferguson. Although the ties to Belize with Mr. Issa are not clear I presume
this was originally discussed and approved by the Belize Philatelic Bureau. The estimate to produce them was for the cost of £3,474.
INVERTED BLACK INSCRIPTIONS ERROR SHEETLET
On June 10, 1986 an invoice for the production and completion of the 1986 Royal Wedding issues for Belize was made to Mr. Issa and this
is the first piece of evidence proving the production of not only the made for collector inverted black inscriptions error but also the production
of the imperforate varieties of the stamps and souvenir sheets.
INVERTED BLACK INSCRIPTIONS ERROR STRIP
Noting that 1,000 sets of the black inverts were ordered. Actually because of the numbers of strips in the sheetlets it is 1,002.
Also included is the order for 300 imperforate sheetlets (which I have seen none on the market) and 600 imperforate souvenir sheets all
taken from the main quantities requested. I can assure you that with the availability on the market from numerous sellers that all of them
have been retained other than the sheetlets in imperforate form. The whereabouts of them is still a mystery.
I note here that several other Belize issues of the time were included in the production but that is another story.
THE IMPERFORATE SOUVENIR SHEET
According to the documents and this is kind of funny. 10 sheetlets were sent to the postmaster general of Belize (a Mr. Godfrey) and the
invoice date was July 22, 1986! One day before the major catalogs stated date of issue being July 23, 1986. Wow! A whole 10 sheetlets were
available in Belize on the date of issue!
Not to frett though. Another 1,000 sheetlets and 1,000 souvenir sheets were delivered to the postmaster general of Belize on July 28, 1986.
Now the status gets real murky. Evidence shows there was a reprinting. The first company to get involved was, and this will probably not
shock knowing collectors, Inter-governmental Philatelic Corporation (IGPC). Run by Mr. S. Malamud. And now if you noticed at the bottom of
the imaged invoice that the stock including the inverted black inscriptions errors was delivered to his company. Interesting yes?
What is more interesting is the lies and deceipt used to fool collectors. In comes Stanley Apfelbaum owner and operator of First Coinvestors, Inc.(FCI).
Notorious for overgrading coins and doing bad things with them.
A big advertisement announcing the discovery of the "error" by his stamp dealer "friend" in NY (Mr. Malamud I am sure) who just "happened" to
come across the error while sorting through the sheetlets. And how many did he find? Why 984 sheetlets with the error! Yea right!
Here is the advertisement in it's entire form.
FIRST COINVESTORS INC. ADVERTISEMENT FOR BELIZE 1986 ROYAL WEDDING INVERTED BLACK INSCRIPTIONS ERROR SHEETLET
$895.00 for one sheetlet! Nice! Oh but what happened to the rest of them?
URCH HARRIS ADVERTISEMENT FOR BELIZE 1986 ROYAL WEDDING INVERTED BLACK INSCRIPTIONS ERROR STRIPS
In March of 1987 a reprinting was done by the Format Printers. The shipments went to Urch Harris. What is not clear is what was reprinted.
There are two separate invoices. My belief is that one is for the normal issues and one is for the "error" and possibly imperforate souvenir sheets.
Again as I stated earlier the imperforate souvenir sheet is readily available and many times not even noticed by sellers all over the market.
Here are the two invoices.
BELIZE 1986 ROYAL WEDDING REPRINT INVOICES
As you can see the existence of these varieties has a dark and shady past. And they should be treated as such I am afraid. Already the imperforate
souvenir sheets are in correct status by many sellers. They should be priced between $5-7.00 and no more. It is time for sellers and buyers to
get the "error" in the right status too.
Now here is a true error of the souvenir sheet.
This basically sums up the evidence showing quantities and what was produced in regards to the Belize 1986 Royal Wedding Sheetlets and Souvenir Sheet.
It proves the inverted black inscriptions error is really only a made for collector error and not genuine or in the class of the inverted Jenny and
other such genuine inverts at all!
It also shows the deceitful tactics used by IGPC and FCI in selling of the so called errors. Might I add that some of the same dealers are still here.
Buyers always beware!
As new information and evidence is found it will be added to this page.
If you have any examples of the missing imperforate sheetlets or have any varieties of any of the above as in specimens, errors,
or progressive color proofs, please feel free to contact me and send me images!