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THE FORMAT INTERNATIONAL SECURITY PRINTERS LTD. ARCHIVE

Information and Reference of What was Found in the Archive

Stamp issues for Belize printed by the Format International Security Printers Ltd. and items found in the Archive

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Belize stamps printed by Format International Security Printers Ltd.
Links to pages with information on items found in the archive

On June 1, 1973 British Honduras was renamed Belize.

1983 MAYAN MONUMENTS Scott #680-4, SG #747-50,MS751
A number of these issues perforated, imperforate proofs came onto the market after the liquidation of the Format International Security Printers Ltd. in 1988. There are some varieties that are legitimately rare. Also full uncut press sheets of some issues have a rarity factor. More detail will be presented on these in another section of the study.

1983 Mayan Monuments Stamps
1983 Mayan Monuments Souvenir Sheet

1983 WORLD COMMUNICATIONS YEAR Scott #685-8, SG #752-5
A number of these issues perforated, imperforate proofs came onto the market after the liquidation of the Format International Security Printers Ltd. in 1988. There are some varieties that are legitimately rare. Also full uncut press sheets of some issues have a rarity factor. More detail will be presented on these in another section of the study.

1983 World Communications Year Stamps

1983 THE JAGUAR Scott #689-93, SG #756-9,MS760
A number of these issues perforated, imperforate proofs came onto the market after the liquidation of the Format International Security Printers Ltd. in 1988. There are some varieties that are legitimately rare. Also full uncut press sheets of some issues have a rarity factor. More detail will be presented on these in another section of the study.

1983 The Jaguar Stamps
1983 The Jaguar Souvenir Sheet

1983 CHRISTMAS Scott #694-8, SG #761-4,MS765

1983 Christmas Stamps
1983 Christmas Souvenir Sheet

1984 MARINE LIFE FROM THE BELIZE CORAL REEF Scott #699-714, SG #766-81
Scott Catalog lists the perf 13.5 set as 705a-711a and lists them as made in 1988
Stanley Gibbons notes that they exist but states that there is no evidence for their contemporary postal use and does not give them numbers. This kind of goes against Scott catalogs standard of NOT listing stamps that have no postal validity. Another example of sloppy research.
The 60c and $1 values exist overprinted to commemorate the anniversary of Hurricane Hattie. They were never issued.
A number of these issues perforated, imperforate proofs came onto the market after the liquidation of the Format International Security Printers Ltd. in 1988. There are some varieties that are legitimately rare. Also full uncut press sheets of some issues have a rarity factor. More detail will be presented on these in another section of the study.

1984 Marine Life From the Belize Coral Reef Stamps
THE PERF 13.5 SET
1984 Marine Life From the Belize Coral Reef Perf 13.5 Stamps
THE UNISSUED HURRICANE HATTIE SET
1984 Marine Life From the Belize Coral Reef Overprinted 'HURRICANE HATTIE' Stamps

1984 VISIT OF THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY Scott #715-16, SG #782-3

1984 Marine Life From the Belize Coral Reef Overprinted 'VISIT OF THE LORD ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY' Stamps

1984 OLYMPIC GAMES, LOS ANGELES Scott #717-25, SG #784-7,MS788,789-92
A number of these issues as perforated proofs came onto the market after the liquidation of the Format International Security Printers Ltd. in 1988. There are some varieties that are legitimately rare. Also full uncut press sheets of some issues have a rarity factor. More detail will be presented on these in another section of the study.

1984 Olympic Games, Los Angeles Stamps
1984 Olympic Games, Los Angeles Souvenir Sheet
BOOKLET STAMPS
1984 Olympic Games, Los Angeles Booklet

1984 "AUSIPEX" INTERNATIONAL STAMP EXHIBITION, MELBOURNE Scott #726-31, SG #793-7,MS798
A number of these issues as perforated proofs came onto the market after the liquidation of the Format International Security Printers Ltd. in 1988. There are some varieties that are legitimately rare. Also full uncut press sheets of some issues have a rarity factor. More detail will be presented on these in another section of the study.

1986 'AUSIPEX' International Stamp Exhibition, Melbourne Stamps
1986 'AUSIPEX' International Stamp Exhibition, Melbourne Souvenir Sheet

1984 500TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BRITISH ROYAL HOUSE OF TUDOR (1985) Scott #732-8, SG #799-804,MS805
Issued in sheetlets of four stamps

1984 500th Anniversary of the British Royal House of Tudor Stamps
1984 500th Anniversary of the British Royal House of Tudor Souvenir Sheet

1984 PARROTS Scott #739-40, SG #806-9,MS810
Issued in se-tenant blocks of 4 forming a composite design.
A number of these issues perforated, imperforate proofs came onto the market after the liquidation of the Format International Security Printers Ltd. in 1988. There are some varieties that are legitimately rare. Also full uncut press sheets of some issues have a rarity factor. More detail will be presented on these in another section of the study.

1984 Parrots Stamps
1984 Parrots Souvenir Sheet

1984 MAYAN ARTIFACTS Scott #741-4, SG #811-14
A number of these issues as perforated proofs came onto the market after the liquidation of the Format International Security Printers Ltd. in 1988. There are some varieties that are legitimately rare. Also full uncut press sheets of some issues have a rarity factor. More detail will be presented on these in another section of the study.

1984 Mayan Artifacts Stamps

1985 INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR AND 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GIRL GUIDES MOVEMENT
Scott #745-9, SG #815-19

1985 International Youth Year and 75th Anniversary of the Girl Guides Movement Stamps

1985 BIRTH BICENTENARY OF JOHN J. AUDUBON (ornithologist) Scott #754-5, SG #824-5
Format produced only the $1 and $3 values. Questa made all the other values.

1985 Birth Bicentenary of John J. Audubon Stamps

1985 LIFE AND TIMES OF QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER Scott #757-62, SG #827-30,MS831
Both souvenir sheets as imperforate proofs came onto the market after the liquidation of the Format International Security Printers Ltd. in 1988. There are some varieties that are legitimately rare. Also full uncut press sheets of some issues have a rarity factor. More detail will be presented on these in another section of the study.

1985 Life and Times of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (85th Birthday) Stamps
1985 Life and Times of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (85th Birthday) $2 Souvenir Sheet
1985 Life and Times of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (85th Birthday) $5 Souvenir Sheet

1985 INAUGURATION OF NEW GOVERNMENT Scott #762A-C, SG #832-4

1985 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST COMMONWEALTH OMNIBUS ISSUE Scott #763-4, SG #835-44,MS845
Issued se-tenant in sheetlets of ten stamps
The souvenir sheet as an imperforate proof came onto the market after the liquidation of the Format International Security Printers Ltd. in 1988. There are some varieties that are legitimately rare. Also full uncut press sheets of some issues have a rarity factor. More detail will be presented on these in another section of the study.

1985 50th Anniversary of the First Commonwealth Omnibus Issue Stamps
1985 50th Anniversary of the First Commonwealth Omnibus Issue Souvenir Sheet

1985 350TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BRITISH POST OFFICE Scott #765-70, SG #846-51
A $5 Souvenir Sheet was produced but never issued and found in the archive.

1985 350th Anniversary of the British Post Office Stamps
UNISSUED SOUVENIR SHEET
1985 350th Anniversary of the British Post Office Unissued Souvenir Sheet

1985 COMMONWEALTH HEADS OF GOVERNMENT MEETING, NASSAU, BAHAMAS Scott #771-6, SG #852-5,MS856

1985 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Stamps
1985 Commonwealth Heads of Government $2 Souvenir Sheet
1985 Commonwealth Heads of Government $5 Souvenir Sheet

1985 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ROTARY INTERNATIONAL Scott #777-81, SG #857-61

1985 80th Anniversary of the Rotary International Stamps

1985 ROYAL VISIT Scott #782-5, SG #862-4,MS865
Issued se-tenant in strips of three in sheetlets of nine stamps

1985 Royal Visit Stamps
SHEETLET OF 9
1985 Royal Visit Sheetlet
1985 Royal Visit Souvenir Sheet

1985 CHRISTMAS, 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF DISNEYLAND Scott #786-95, SG #866-74,MS875

1985 Christmas, 30th Anniversary of Disneyland Stamps
1985 Christmas, 30th Anniversary of Disneyland Souvenir Sheet

1985 WORLD CUP SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP, MEXICO (1986) (1st issue) Scott #796-7, SG #876-85,MS886
Issued se-tenant in sheetlets of ten stamps

1985 Omnibus Issue Stamps Overprinted for the World Cup Soccer Championship in Mexico
1985 Omnibus Issue Souvenir Sheet Overprinted for the World Cup Soccer Championship in Mexico

1986 COSTUMES OF BELIZE Scott #798-806, SG #887-94,MS895

1986 Costumes of Belize Stamps
1986 Costumes of Belize Souvenir Sheet

1986 EASTER, 20TH-CENTURY POPES Scott #807-8, SG #896-903,MS904
Issued se-tenant in sheetlets of eight stamps and one stamp-size label.

1986 Easter, 20th Century Popes Stamps
1986 Easter, 20th Century Popes Souvenir Sheet

1986 60TH BIRTHDAY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II Scott #809-11, SG #905-8,MS909
Issued se-tenant in sheetlets of eight stamps and one stamp-size label.

1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II Stamps
SHEETLET OF 8 PLUS LABEL
1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II Stamps
1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II Souvenir Sheet

1986 APPEARANCE OF HALLEY'S COMET Scott #812-14, SG #910-15,MS916
Issued se-tenant in two sheetlets of nine stamps.
Both sheetlets exist with black printing omitted.

1986 Appearance of Halley's Comet Stamps
THE TWO SHEETLETS OF 9
1986 Appearance of Halley's Comet Sheetlets of 9
1986 Appearance of Halley's Comet Souvenir Sheet

1986 UNITED STATES PRESIDENTS Scott #815-16, SG #917-22,MS923
Issued se-tenant in sheetlets of six stamps and three stamp-size labels.

1986 United States Presidents Stamps
SHEETLET OF 6 PLUS 3 LABELS
1986 United States Presidents Sheetlet
1986 United States Presidents Souvenir Sheet

1986 CENTENARY OF THE STATUE OF LIBERTY Scott #817-19, SG #924-7,MS928
Issued se-tenant in sheetlets of eight stamps and one stamp-size label.
The sheetlet exists with gold omitted.

1986 Centenary of the Statue of Liberty Stamps
SHEETLET OF 8 PLUS LABEL
1986 Centenary of the Statue of Liberty Sheetlet
1986 Centenary of the Statue of Liberty Souvenir Sheet

1986 "AMERIPEX" INTERNATIONAL STAMP EXHIBITION Scott #820-2, SG #929-34,MS935
Issued se-tenant in two sheetlets of nine stamps.
The sheetlets exist with gold omitted.
A number of these issues perforated, imperforate proofs came onto the market after the liquidation of the Format International Security Printers Ltd. in 1988. There are some varieties that are legitimately rare. Also full uncut press sheets of some issues have a rarity factor. More detail will be presented on these in another section of the study.

1986 'AMERIPEX' International Stamp Exhibition Stamps
THE TWO SHEETLETS OF 9
1986 'AMERIPEX' International Stamp Exhibition Sheetlets of 9
1986 'AMERIPEX' International Stamp Exhibition Souvenir Sheet

1986 WORLD CUP SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP, MEXICO (2nd issue) Scott #823-7, SG #936-9,MS940
Issued se-tenant in sheetlets of eight stamps and one stamp-size label.
A number of these issues perforated, imperforate proofs came onto the market after the liquidation of the Format International Security Printers Ltd. in 1988. There are some varieties that are legitimately rare. Also full uncut press sheets of some issues have a rarity factor. More detail will be presented on these in another section of the study.

1986 World Cup Soccer Championship, Mexico (2nd issue) Stamps
SHEETLET OF 8 PLUS LABEL
1986 World Cup Soccer Championship, Mexico (2nd issue) Sheetlet
1986 World Cup Soccer Championship, Mexico (2nd issue) Souvenir Sheet

1986 ROYAL WEDDING OF PRINCE ANDREW AND SARAH FERGUSON Scott #833-4, SG #941-3,MS944
Issued se-tenant in sheetlets of nine stamps.
The sheetlet exists with black inscriptions inverted.
New information has been discovered.

View the SPECIALIZED Belize 1986 Royal Wedding Stamps and Varieties Page here.View the SPECIALIZED Belize 1986 Royal Wedding Stamps and Varieties Page here.
I have discovered recently created (2014) forgeries of this issue! Fake imperforate souvenir sheets are on the market!
Don't get ripped off! View this page to define and avoid them.

1986 Belize Royal Wedding Fake Souvenir SheetsView the FAKE Belize 1986 Royal Wedding Souvenir Sheets here. 1986 Royal Wedding of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson Stamps
SHEETLET OF 9
1986 Royal Wedding of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson Sheetlet
1986 Royal Wedding of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson Souvenir Sheet

1986 WORLD CUP SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS, MEXICO Scott #828-32, SG #945-8,MS949
Issued se-tenant in sheetlets of eight stamps and one stamp-size label.

1986 World Cup Soccer Championship Winners, Mexico Stamps
SHEETLET OF 8 PLUS LABEL
1986 World Cup Soccer Championship Winners, Mexico Sheetlet
1986 World Cup Soccer Championship Winners, Mexico Souvenir Sheet

1986 "STOCKHOLMIA '86" INTERNATIONAL STAMP EXHIBITION, SWEDEN Scott #835-7, SG #950-5,MS956
Issued se-tenant in two sheetlets of nine stamps.

1986 'STOCKHOLMIA 86' International Stamp Exhibition, Sweden Stamps
THE TWO SHEETLETS OF 9
1986 'STOCKHOLMIA 86' International Stamp Exhibition, Sweden Sheetlets of 9
1986 'STOCKHOLMIA 86' International Stamp Exhibition, Sweden Souvenir Sheet

1986 INTERNATIONAL PEACE YEAR Scott #838-42, SG #957-60,MS961
Issued se-tenant in sheetlets of eight stamps and one stamp-size label.
The sheetlet exists with gold omitted.
The souvenir sheet perforated, and as imperforate proofs came onto the market after the liquidation of the Format International Security Printers Ltd. in 1988. There are some varieties that are legitimately rare. Also full uncut press sheets of some issues have a rarity factor. More detail will be presented on these in another section of the study.

1986 International Peace Year Stamps
SHEETLET OF 8 PLUS LABEL
1986 International Peace Year Sheetlet
1986 International Peace Year Souvenir Sheet

1986 FUNGI AND TOUCANS Scott #843-50, SG #962-9
Issued se-tenant in sheetlets of eight stamps and one stamp-size label.
The sheetlets with gold omitted, perforated, and imperforate proofs came onto the market after the liquidation of the Format International Security Printers Ltd. in 1988. There are some varieties that are legitimately rare. Also full uncut press sheets of some issues have a rarity factor. More detail will be presented on these in another section of the study.

1986 Fungi and Toucans Stamps
TWO SHEETLETS OF 8 WITH LABEL
1986 Fungi and Toucans Sheetlets

1986 CHRISTMAS, DISNEY CHARACTERS Scott #851-2, SG #970-8,MS979
Issued se-tenant in sheetlets of nine stamps.

1986 Christmas, Disney Characters Sheetlet of 9
1983 Christmas, Disney Characters Souvenir Sheet

1987 ROYAL RUBY WEDDING Scott #853-7, SG #980-3,MS984

1987 Royal Ruby Wedding Stamps
1987 Royal Ruby Wedding Souvenir Sheet

1987 AMERICA'S CUP YACHTING CHAMPIONSHIP Scott #858-62, SG #985-8,MS989

1987 America's Cup Yachting Championship Stamps
1987 America's Cup Yachting Championship Souvenir Sheet

1987 WOOD CARVINGS BY GEORGE GABB Scott #863-7, SG #990-3,MS994

1987 Wood Carving by George Gabb Stamps
1987 Wood Carving by George Gabb Souvenir Sheet

1987 PRIMATES Scott #868-72, SG #995-8,MS999

1987 Primates Stamps
1987 Primates Souvenir Sheet

1987 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GIRL GUIDE MOVEMENT IN BELIZE Scott #873-7, SG #1000-3,MS1004
A number of these issues perforated, imperforate proofs came onto the market after the liquidation of the Format International Security Printers Ltd. in 1988. There are some varieties that are legitimately rare. Also full uncut press sheets of some issues have a rarity factor. More detail will be presented on these in another section of the study.

1987 50th Anniversary of the Girl Guide Movement in Belize Stamps
1987 50th Anniversary of the Girl Guide Movement in Belize Souvenir Sheet

1987 INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF SHELTER FOR THE HOMELESS Scott #878-81, SG #1005-8

1987 International Year of Shelter for the Homeless Stamps

1987 CHRISTMAS, ORCHIDS Scott #882-97, SG #1009-22,MS1023
Issued se-tenant in two sheetlets of fourteen stamps and one stamp-size label.
The souvenir sheets with wrong name, perforated, and as imperforate proofs came onto the market after the liquidation of the Format International Security Printers Ltd. in 1988. Also the lower value singles from the set as imperforate color proofs came onto the market at the same time. There are some varieties that are legitimately rare. Also full uncut press sheets of some issues have a rarity factor. More detail will be presented on these in another section of the study.

1987 Christmas, Orchids Stamps
THE TWO SHEETLETS OF 14 PLUS LABEL
1987 Christmas, Orchids Sheetlets
1987 Christmas, Orchids $3 Souvenir Sheet
1987 Christmas, Orchids $5 Souvenir Sheet

1988 EASTER, THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS Scott #898, SG #1024-37
Issued se-tenant in sheetlets of fourteen stamps and one stamp-size label.
A $6 souvenir sheet exists that was produced but never issued.
These issues perforated, and as imperforate proofs came onto the market after the liquidation of the Format International Security Printers Ltd. in 1988. There are some varieties that are legitimately rare. Also full uncut press sheets of some issues have a rarity factor. More detail will be presented on these in another section of the study.

These were the last stamps printed by the Format International Security Printers Ltd. for Belize. The company soon after went into bankruptcy.

1988 Easter, The Stations of the Cross Sheetlet
HANDDRAWN ESSAY OF THE UNISSUED SOUVENIR SHEET
1988 Easter Unissued Souvenir Sheet

CAYES OF BELIZE

A chain of several hundred islands, coral atolls, reefs and sandbanks
stretching along the eastern seaboard of Belize.

Catalog references are by Scott numbers. Stanley Gibbons does not give these numbers.

1984 250TH ANNIVERSARY OF LLOYD'S LIST (newspaper) Scott #10-13

1984 250th Anniversary of Lloyd's List Stamps

1984 SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES, LOS ANGELES Scott #14-17
A number of these issues perforated, imperforate proofs came onto the market after the liquidation of the Format International Security Printers Ltd. in 1988. There are some varieties that are legitimately rare. Also full uncut press sheets of some issues have a rarity factor. More detail will be presented on these in another section of the study.

1984 Summer Olympic Games, Los Angeles Stamps

1984 90TH ANNIVERSARY OF "CAYE SERVICE" LOCAL STAMPS Scott #18-21
A number of these issues perforated, imperforate proofs came onto the market after the liquidation of the Format International Security Printers Ltd. in 1988. There are some varieties that are legitimately rare. Also full uncut press sheets of some issues have a rarity factor. More detail will be presented on these in another section of the study.

1984 90th Anniversary of 'Caye Service' Stamps

1985 BIRTH BICENTENARY OF JOHN J. AUDUBON (ornithologist) Scott #22-25

1985 Birth Bicentenary of John J. Audubon Stamps

1985 SHIPWRECKS Scott #26-7
A number of these issues perforated, imperforate proofs came onto the market after the liquidation of the Format International Security Printers Ltd. in 1988. There are some varieties that are legitimately rare. Also full uncut press sheets of some issues have a rarity factor. More detail will be presented on these in another section of the study.

1985 Shipwrecks Stamps
1985 Shipwrecks Souvenir Sheet

Issues for the Cayes of Belize were discontinued after June 1985. It is said that remainders, more than likely the 1984 marine life stamps, were later issued to other Belize post offices for postal purposes.

References taken from:
Stanley Gibbons Belize, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago
Scott Catalog
Inventory list for the Format Archive by Robson Lowe
Internet research

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