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THE FORMAT INTERNATIONAL SECURITY PRINTERS LTD. ARCHIVE

Information and Reference of What was Found in the Archive

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

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Bhutan stamps printed by Format International Security Printers Ltd.

There is no real source of information that describes who printed stamps for Bhutan. Through internet research I was able to find the evidence proving that the Format Printers were the company that printed the following issues.

1974 CORONATION OF KING JIGME SINGYE WANGCHUK
Scott #157-63, SG #277-81, MS282
Limited quantities of imperforates of this issue exist.

Bhutan 1974 Coronation of King Jigme Singye Wangchuk Stamps
Bhutan 1974 Coronation of King Jigme Singye Wangchuk Souvenir Sheets

1974 CENTENARY OF THE UNIVERSAL POSTAL UNION Scott #164-8, C27-30, SG #283-90, MS291
Printed in panes of 50 and in sheetlets of 5 plus label
Limited quantities of imperforates of this issue exist.

Bhutan 1974 Centenary of the Universal Postal Union Stamps
Bhutan 1974 Centenary of the Universal Postal Union Souvenir Sheet
Sheetlets of 5 Plus Label
Bhutan 1974 Centenary of the Universal Postal Union Sheetlets

1974 WORLD POPULATION YEAR
Scott #169-72, 172a, SG #292-5, MS296
Limited quantities of imperforates of this issue exist.

Bhutan 1974 World Population Year Stamps
Bhutan 1974 World Population Year Souvenir Sheet

1975 BUTTERFLIES
Scott #173-81, SG #297-304, MS305

Bhutan 1975 Butterflies Stamps
Bhutan 1975 Butterflies Souvenir Sheet

1975 APOLLO SOYUZ LINK-UP IN SPACE Scott #182-3, 183a, SG #315-6, MS317
Printed in se-tenant sheetlets of 10
Limited quantities of imperforates of this issue exist.

Bhutan 1975 Apollo Soyuz Link-up in Space Stamps
Bhutan 1975 Apollo Soyuz Link-up in Space Souvenir Sheet
Se-tenant Sheetlet of 10
Bhutan 1975 Apollo Soyuz Link-up in Space Sheetlet

1975 HANDICRAFTS
Scott #184-93, SG #318-26, MS327

Bhutan 1975 Handicrafts Stamps
Bhutan 1975 Handicrafts Souvenir Sheet

1976 RHODODENDRONS
Scott #203-11, SG #328-35, MS336

Bhutan 1976 Rhododendrons Stamps
Bhutan 1976 Rhododendrons Souvenir Sheet

1976 12TH WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES, INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA
Scott #212-20, SG #337-44, MS345
Limited quantities of imperforates of this issue exist.

Bhutan 1976 12th Winter Olympic Games Stamps
Bhutan 1976 12th Winter Olympic Games Souvenir Sheet

1976 FLOWERS
Scott #221-9, SG #358-65, MS366

Bhutan 1976 Flowers Stamps
Bhutan 1976 Flowers Souvenir Sheet

1976 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE COLOMBO PLAN
Scott #230-7, SG #367-74

Bhutan 1976 25th Anniversary of the Colombo Plan Stamps

1976 5TH NON-ALIGNED SUMMIT CONFERENCE, COLOMBO, SRI LANKE
Scott #238-9, SG #unknown

Bhutan 1976 5th Non-aligned Summit Conference Colombo Stamps

1976 UNISSUED 5TH NON-ALIGNED SUMMIT CONFERENCE, COLOMBO, SRI LANKE

It has been referenced that a quantity of this set was issued to the Thimphu post office but later most were destroyed.
Due to the common practices of the printer saving unissued and rejected stamp issues and moving them to stamp dealers in bulk for resale to collectors I would not consider these to be extremely rare. Because of the availability of full panes of these and the availability of them through quite a few stamp dealers, it is quite evident that there are at least several thousand that still exist. Therefore, as with many other unissued items produced by the Format Printers, they should be valued at around $5.00 a set.

Bhutan 1976 Unissued 5th Non-aligned Summit Conference Colombo Stamps

1978 ANNIVERSARIES AND EVENTS
Scott #240-6, SG #383-???, MS384g
Limited quantities of imperforates of these issues exist.
Scott catalog notes the existence of the souvenir sheets. It appears that finding a seller offering the complete set including all the souvenir sheets is quite difficult now.
A number of these issues as 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.

Bhutan 1978 Anniversaries and Events Stamps
25th Anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II Souvenir Sheet
Bhutan 1978 25th Anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II Souvenir Sheet
American Bicentennial Souvenir Sheet
Bhutan 1978 American Bicentennial Souvenir Sheet
Centenary of the 1st Telephone Call by Alexander Graham Bell Souvenir Sheet
Bhutan 1978 Centenary of the 1st Telephone Call by Alexander Graham Bell Souvenir Sheet
50th Anniversary of Charles A. Lindbergh's Trans-Atlantic Solo Flight Souvenir Sheet
Bhutan 1978 50th Anniversary of Charles A. Lindbergh's Trans-Atlantic Solo Flight Souvenir Sheet
Montreal 1976 Summer Olympics Souvenir Sheet
Bhutan 1978 Montreal (1976) Summer Olympics Souvenir Sheet
75th Anniversary of the Zeppelin Souvenir Sheet
Bhutan 1978 75th Anniversary of the Zeppelin Souvenir Sheet
75th Anniversary of the Nobel Prize Souvenir Sheet
Bhutan 1978 75th Anniversary of the Nobel Prize Souvenir Sheet

1979 6TH NON-ALIGNED SUMMIT CONFERENCE, HAVANA
Scott #292-3, SG #415-6

Bhutan 1979 6th Non-aligned Summit Conference Havana Stamps

1980 DEATH CENTENARY OF SIR ROWLAND HILL (1979)
Scott #305-9, SG #428-31, MS432
Limited quantities of imperforates of these issues exist.
A number of this issue as 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. A few uncut press sheets were found in the archive. All were broken into gutter varieties and souvenir sheet pairs imperforate between. They are extremely rare.

Bhutan 1980 Death Centenary of Sir Rowland Hill (1979) Stamps
Bhutan 1980 Death Centenary of Sir Rowland Hill (1979) Souvenir Sheet

1981 MONASTERIES
Scott #310-16, SG #433-9
A number of this issue as perforated, imperforate proofs came onto the market after the liquidation of the Format International Security Printers Ltd. in 1988.

Bhutan 1981 Monasteries Stamps

1981 ROYAL WEDDING OF PRINCE CHARLES AND LADY DIANA
Scott #317-21, SG #440-3, MS444
The 5nu and 20nu values were issued in sheetlets of 5 plus label
Limited quantities of imperforates of these issues exist.
A number of this issue as 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. A number of uncut press sheets were found in the archive. Most were broken into gutter varieties, souvenir sheet pairs imperforate between and sheetlet pairs or singles with large selvage. They are extremely rare. Several uncut press sheets still exist intact and are of the utmost rarity!

Bhutan 1981 Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Stamps
Bhutan 1981 Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Souvenir Sheet
1981 Royal Wedding 5nu Sheetlet of 5 Plus Label
Bhutan 1981 Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana 5nu Sheetlet of 5 Plus Label
1981 Royal Wedding 20nu Sheetlet of 5 Plus Label
Bhutan 1981 Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana 20nu Sheetlet of 5 Plus Label

1982 WORLD CUP SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP
Scott #327-31, SG #450-3, MS454
Issued in Sheetlets of 5 plus label.
Limited quantities of imperforates of this issue exist.

Bhutan 1982 World Cup Soccer Championship Stamps
Bhutan 1982 World Cup Soccer Championship Souvenir Sheet

1982 World Cup Soccer Sheetlets of 5 Plus Label
Bhutan 1982 World Cup Soccer Championship Sheetlets of 5 Plus Label

1982 21ST BIRTHDAY OF PRINCESS DIANA
Scott #327-31, SG #450-3, MS454
The 10nu and 15nu values were only issued in Sheetlets of 5 plus label.
Unusual quantities of imperforates of this issue exist.

Bhutan 1982 21st Birthday of Princess Diana Stamps
Bhutan 1982 21st Birthday of Princess Diana Souvenir Sheet

1982 21st Birthday of Princess Diana Sheetlets of 5 Plus Label
Bhutan 1982 21st Birthday of Princess Diana Sheetlets of 5 Plus Label

1982 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BOY SCOUTS
Scott #335-9, SG #460-3, MS464
Limited quantities of imperforate souvenir sheets of this issue exist.

Bhutan 1982 75th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts Stamps
Bhutan 1982 75th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts Souvenir Sheet

1982 250TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF GEORGE WASHINGTON AND THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT
Scott #351-60, SG #480-7, MS488
5000 sets or more of imperforates of these issues exist.
A number of this issue as 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. A number of uncut press sheets were found in the archive. It appears all were broken into gutter varieties and souvenir sheet pairs imperforate between and single souvenir sheets with large selvage. They are extremely rare!

Bhutan 1982 George Washington and Franklin D. Roosevelt Stamps
1982 250th Anniversary of the Birth of George Washington Souvenir Sheet
Bhutan 1982 250th Anniversary of the Birth of George Washington Souvenir Sheet
1982 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Franklin D. Roosevelt Souvenir Sheet
Bhutan 1982 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Franklin D. Roosevelt Souvenir Sheet
1982 BIRTH OF PRINCE WILLIAM OF WALES
Scott #361-3, SG #475-8, MS479
The 10nu and 15nu values were only issued in Sheetlets of 5 plus label. It appears most have been broken for singles because of inflated pricing
Unusual quantities of imperforates of this issue exist.

Bhutan 1982 Birth of Prince William (Royal Baby Overprint) Stamps
Bhutan 1982 Birth of Prince William (Royal Baby Overprint) Souvenir Sheet

1982 Birth of Prince William (Royal Baby Overprint) from Sheetlets of 5 Plus Label
Bhutan 1982 Birth of Prince William (Royal Baby Overprint) from Sheetlets of 5 Plus Label

1983 BICENTENARY OF MANNED FLIGHT
Scott #386-90, SG #506-9, MS510
Imperforates exist but appear to only come from archived materials. This could change.
A number of this issue as 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. A number of uncut press sheets were found in the archive. It appears all were broken into gutter varieties and souvenir sheet pairs imperforate between and single souvenir sheets with large selvage. They are extremely rare!

Bhutan 1983 Bicentenary of Manned Flight Stamps
1982 250th Anniversary of the Birth of George Washington Souvenir Sheet
Bhutan 1983 Bicentenary of Manned Flight Souvenir Sheet

1984 LOCOMOTIVES
Scott #420-31, SG #531-8, MS539
No imperforates seem to exist except from archived materials. This could change.
A small number of this issue as perforated, imperforate proofs came onto the market after the liquidation of the Format International Security Printers Ltd. in 1988. They are extremely rare!

Bhutan 1984 Locomotives Stamps
Bhutan 1984 Locomotives Souvenir Sheet

In 1985 a set of stamps depicting orchids was designed and produced to the point of imperforate proofs which exist on Format presentation cards but was never issued.

1986 SEVEN PRECIOUS ATTRIBUTES OF THE UNIVERSAL KING
Scott #530-6, SG #636-42
No imperforates seem to exist except from archived materials. This could change.
A small number of this issue as perforated, imperforate proofs came onto the market after the liquidation of the Format International Security Printers Ltd. in 1988. They are extremely rare!

Bhutan 1986 Seven Precious Attributes of the Universal King Stamps

1986 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GIRL GUIDES
Scott #559-63, SG #664-7, MS668
Unusual quantities of imperforates of this issue exist.
Numerous "errors" of the overprint exist.
They can be considered "made for collector errors".

Bhutan 1986 75th Anniversary of the Girl Guides Stamps
Bhutan 1986 75th Anniversary of the Girl Guides Souvenir Sheet

1986 HALLEY'S COMET
Scott #564-73, SG #669-76, MS677
5000 sets or more of imperforates of these issues exist.
A number of this issue as 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. A number of uncut press sheets were found in the archive. It appears all were broken into gutter varieties and souvenir sheet pairs imperforate between and single souvenir sheets with large selvage. They are extremely rare!

Bhutan 1986 Halley's Comet Stamps
1986 Halley's Comet Over the Himalayas Souvenir Sheet
Bhutan 1986 Halley's Comet Over the Himalayas Souvenir Sheet
1986 Halley's Comet Over Domed Temple Dug-gye Jong Souvenir Sheet
Bhutan 1986 Halley's Comet Over Domed Temple Dug-gye Jong Souvenir Sheet
1986 CENTENARY OF THE STATUE OF LIBERTY
Scott #574-83, SG #678-85, MS686
5000 sets or more of imperforates of these issues exist.
A number of this issue as 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. A number of uncut press sheets were found in the archive. It appears all were broken into gutter varieties and souvenir sheet pairs imperforate between and single souvenir sheets with large selvage. They are extremely rare!

These were the last stamps printed by the Format International Security Printers Ltd. for Bhutan. The company went into bankruptcy in 1989.

Bhutan 1986 Centenary of the Statue of Liberty Stamps
1986 Statue of Liberty and Nippon Maru Sailing Ship Souvenir Sheet
Bhutan 1986 Centenary of the Statue of Liberty and Nippon Maru Sailing Ship Souvenir Sheet
1986 Statue of Liberty and Flat Bottom Sail Boats Souvenir Sheet
Bhutan 1986 Centenary of the Statue of Liberty and Flat Bottom Sail Boats Souvenir Sheet
References taken from:
Scott Catalog
Internet research
Inventory list for the Format Archive by Robson Lowe

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