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THE FORMAT INTERNATIONAL SECURITY PRINTERS LTD. ARCHIVE

Information and Reference of What was Found in the Archive

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

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CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
CENTRAFRICAINE

Central Africa stamps printed by Format International Security Printers Ltd.

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

The majority of Central African stamps and souvenir sheets produced by Format and the other printing companies exist as imperforates and were also produced on deluxe sheetlets. These were ordered by the various philatelic agents to promote the stamp issues. The imperforates usually were produced in the quantity of 3,000 to 5,000 sets. The deluxe sheetlets were produced in quantities of 1,000 to 3,000 sets. None were actually issued as postage "over the counter" but first day covers exist with them on them usually sent to stamp dealers involved with the promotion and sales of the issues. Some now have become difficult to find.

Gold stamp issues were not produced by the Format Printer but because they are part of a set I display them for you.
I may have missed a couple sets because I could not find proof of who printed the set. If you have evidence please contact me and this page can be updated.

1976 APOLLO SOYUZ SPACE TEST PROJECT
Scott #251-2, C135-8, SG #410-14, MS415
Limited quantities of imperforates and deluxe sheetlets of this issue exist. The deluxe sheetlets are difficult to acquire.
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 extemely rare.

Central Africa 1976 Apollo Soyuz Space Test Project Stamps
Central Africa 1976 Apollo Soyuz Space Test Project Souvenir Sheet

1976 AMERICAN BICENTENNIAL
Scott #C139-44, SG #416-20, MS421
Limited quantities of imperforates and deluxe sheetlets of this issue exist.

Central Africa 1976 American Bicentennial Stamps
Central Africa 1976 American Bicentennial Souvenir Sheet

1976 12TH WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES WINNERS
Scott #255-6, C147-50, SG #426-30, MS431
Limited quantities of imperforates and deluxe sheetlets of this issue exist.

Central Africa 1976 12th Winter Olympic Games Winners Stamps
Central Africa 1976 12th Winter Olympic Games Winners Souvenir Sheet

1976 VIKING MARS PROJECT
Scott #257-8, C151-4, SG #433-7, MS438
Limited quantities of imperforates and deluxe sheetlets of this issue exist.

Central Africa 1976 Viking Mars Project Stamps
Central Africa 1976 Viking Mars Project Souvenir Sheet

On December 4, 1976 The Central African Republic changed the name to the Central African Empire.

1977 NOBEL PRIZE WINNERS
Scott #293-4, C180-3, SG #503-7, MS508
Limited quantities of imperforates and deluxe sheetlets of this issue exist.

Central Africa 1977 Nobel Prize Winners Stamps
Central Africa 1977 Nobel Prize Winners Souvenir Sheet

1977 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ZEPPELIN
Scott #295-6, C184-7, SG #509-13, MS514
Limited quantities of imperforates and deluxe sheetlets of this issue exist.

Central Africa 1977 75th Anniversary of the Zeppelin Stamps
Central Africa 1977 75th Anniversary of the Zeppelin Souvenir Sheet

1977 HISTORY OF AVIATION, FAMOUS FLYERS
Scott #297-302, SG #515-19, MS520
Limited quantities of imperforates and deluxe sheetlets of this issue exist.

Central Africa 1977 History of Aviation, Famous Flyers Stamps
Central Africa 1977 History of Aviation, Famous Flyers Souvenir Sheet

1977 WORLD CUP SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP, ARGENTINA
Scott #303-8, SG #527-31, MS532
Limited quantities of imperforates and deluxe sheetlets of this issue exist.

Central Africa 1977 World Cup Soccer Championship, Argentina Stamps
Central Africa 1977 World Cup Soccer Championship, Argentina Souvenir Sheet

1977 CORONATION OF EMPEROR BOKASSA I
Scott #309-12, C188-9. C189a, SG #533-8, MS539
Limited quantities of imperforates and deluxe sheetlets of this issue exist. The deluxe sheetlets are difficult to acquire.

Central Africa 1977 Coronation of Emperor Bokassa I Stamps
Central Africa 1977 Coronation of Emperor Bokassa I Souvenir Sheet

Coronation of Emperor Bokassa Gold Embossed Stamp noted in Scott Catalog
Central Africa 1977 Coronation of Emperor Bokassa I Gold Stamp

1977 LILIUM AND HIBISCUS FLOWERS
Scott #313-14, SG #521-2

Central Africa 1977 Lilium and Hibiscus Flower Stamps

1977 WORLD TELECOMMUNICATIONS DAY
Scott #315, SG #523
Limited quantities of deluxe sheetlets of this issue exist. The deluxe sheetlets are difficult to acquire.

Central Africa 1977 World Telecommunications Day Stamp

1978 RUBENS PAINTINGS
Scott #318-22, SG #545-8, MS549
Limited quantities of imperforates and deluxe sheetlets of this issue exist. Also deluxe souvenir sheets of the single issues exist perforated and imperforate.

Central Africa 1978 Rubens Paintings Stamps
Central Africa 1978 Rubens Paintings Souvenir Sheet

1978 ENDANGERED ANIMALS (WWF)
Scott #323-8, SG #550-5

Central Africa 1978 Endangered Animals (WWF) Stamps

1978 BOKASSA SPORTS PALACE
Scott #329-30, SG #543-4

Central Africa 1978 Bokassa Sports Palace Stamps

1978 AUTOMATIC TELEPHONE EXCHANGE, BANGUI
Scott #331-2, SG #541-2

Central Africa 1978 Automatic Telephone Exchange, Bangui Stamps

1978 CENTENARY OF PROGRESS POSTS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS (U.P.U.)
Scott #333-6, C191-3, C193A-B, SG #556-61, MS562
Limited quantities of imperforates and deluxe souvenir sheets of this issue exist.

Central Africa 1978 Centenary of Progress Posts and Telecommunications (U.P.U.) Stamps
Central Africa 1978 Centenary of Progress Posts and Telecommunications (U.P.U.) Souvenir Sheet

Centenary of Progress Gold Embossed Stamp Scott 193A
Central Africa 1978 Centenary of Progress Gold Stamp

Centenary of Progress Gold Embossed Souvenir Sheet Scott 193B
Central Africa 1978 Centenary of Progress Gold Souvenir Sheet

1978 BLACK-AFRICAN WORLD ARTS FESTIVAL
Scott #337-40, SG #582-5

Central Africa 1978 Black-African World Arts Festival Stamps

1978 CAPTAIN JAMES COOK, EXPLORER
Scott #341-4, SG #578-81
Limited quantities of imperforates and deluxe souvenir sheets of this issue exist.

Central Africa 1978 Captain James Cook, Explorer Stamps

1978 HISTORY OF AVIATION
Scott #C194-9, SG #586-90, MS591

Central Africa 1978 History of Aviation Stamps

Central Africa 1978 History of Aviation Souvenir Sheet

1978 DÜRER PAINTINGS
Scott #345-8, SG #592-5
Limited quantities of imperforates and deluxe souvenir sheets of this issue exist.

Central Africa 1978 Dürer Paintings Stamps

1978 TREASURES OF TUTANKHAMON
Scott #349-56, SG #598-605
Limited quantities of imperforates and deluxe souvenir sheets of this issue exist.

Central Africa 1978 Treasures of Tutankhamon Stamps

1978 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SOVIET UNION, LENIN
Scott #357-63, SG #606-11, MS612

Central Africa 1978 60th Anniversary of the Soviet Union, Lenin Stamps

Central Africa 1978 60th Anniversary of the Soviet Union, Lenin Souvenir Sheet

1978 1ST ANNIVERSARY OF THE CORONATION OF EMPEROR BOKASSA I
Scott #364-5, C202, SG #613-14, MS615, MS616
Limited quantities of imperforates of this issue exist.

Central Africa 1978 1st Anniversary of the Coronation of Emperor Bokassa I Stamps

Central Africa 1978 1st Anniversary of the Coronation of Emperor Bokassa I Airmail Stamp

1st Anniversary of the Coronation of Emperor Bokassa Souvenir Sheet Not listed in Scott Catalog nor Stanley Gibbons
Central Africa 1978 1st Anniversary of the Coronation of Emperor Bokassa I Souvenir Sheet

1st Anniversary of the Coronation of Emperor Bokassa Gold Embossed Souvenir Sheet Noted in Scott Catalog
Central Africa 1978 1st Anniversary of the Coronation of Emperor Bokassa I Gold Souvenir Sheet

1978 ROWLAND HILL (1st issue)
Scott #366-9, C203-5, SG #617-22, MS623, MS624
Limited quantities of imperforates and deluxe sheetlets of this issue exist.

Central Africa 1978 Rowland Hill (1st issue) Stamps

Central Africa 1978 Rowland Hill (1st issue) Souvenir Sheet

Rowland Hill (1st issue) Gold Embossed Stamp Noted in Scott Catalog
Central Africa 1978 Rowland Hill (1st issue) Gold Stamp

Rowland Hill (1st issue) Gold Embossed Souvenir Sheet Noted in Scott Catalog
Central Africa 1978 Rowland Hill (1st issue) Gold Souvenir Sheet

1978 ARGENTINA'S VICTORY IN THE WORLD CUP SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
Scott #370-5, SG #625-9, MS630
Limited quantities of imperforates and deluxe sheetlets of this issue exist.

The 1977 World Cup Soccer Championship Set Overprinted in Silver
Central Africa 1978 Argentina's Victory in the World Cup Soccer Championship Silver Overprint Stamp Set

The 1977 World Cup Soccer Championship Set Overprinted in Red (2,000 sets stated to exist)
Central Africa 1978 Argentina's Victory in the World Cup Soccer Championship Red Overprint Stamp Set

1979 INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF THE CHILD (1st issue)
Scott #376-9, C206-8, SG #631-6, MS637, MS638
Limited quantities of imperforates and deluxe sheetlets of this issue exist.

Central Africa 1979 International Year of the Child (1st issue) Stamps

Central Africa 1979 International Year of the Child (1st issue) Souvenir Sheet

International Year of the Child (1st issue) Gold Embossed Stamp Noted in Scott Catalog
Central Africa 1979 International Year of the Child (1st issue) Gold Stamp

International Year of the Child (1st issue) Gold Embossed Souvenir Sheet Noted in Scott Catalog
Central Africa 1979 International Year of the Child (1st issue) Gold Souvenir Sheet

1979 22ND SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES, MOSCOW
Scott #380-3, C209-10, SG #639-44, MS645, MS646
Issued in sheetlets of 6.
Limited quantities of imperforates of this issue exist.

Central Africa 1979 22nd Summer Olympic Games Stamps

22nd Summer Olympic Games Sheetlet of 6
Central Africa 1979 22nd Summer Olympic Games Sheetlet

22nd Summer Olympic Games Souvenir Sheet not Listed in Scott Catalog
Central Africa 1979 22nd Summer Olympic Games Unlisted Souvenir Sheet

22nd Summer Olympic Games Gold Embossed Stamp Noted in Scott Catalog
Central Africa 1979 22nd Summer Olympic Games Gold Stamp

22nd Summer Olympic Games Gold Embossed Souvenir Sheet Noted in Scott Catalog
Central Africa 1979 22nd Summer Olympic Games Gold Souvenir Sheet

1979 NATIONAL HUSBANDRY ASSOCIATION
Scott #387-9, C211, SG #651-4
Limited quantities of imperforates of this issue exist.

Central Africa 1979 National Husbandry Association Stamps

1979 ALBRECHT DÜRER
Scott #390, SG #MS650

Central Africa 1979 Albrecht Dürer Souvenir Sheet

In November 1979 The Central African Empire changed the name to the Central African Republic.

1979 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF APOLLO 11 MOON LANDING
Scott #391-2, C212-15, SG #unlisted
Limited quantities of imperforates of this issue exist.

The 1976 Viking Mars Project Set Overprinted in Silver and Black
Central Africa 1979 10th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing Silver and Black Overprint Stamp Set

The 1976 Viking Mars Project Set Overprinted in Red (2,000 sets stated to exist)
Central Africa 1979 10th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing Red Overprint Stamp Set

1979 13TH WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES, LAKE PLACID
Scott #C216-20, SG #655-8, MS659
Limited quantities of imperforates and deluxe sheetlets of this issue exist.

Central Africa 1979 13th Winter Olympic Games, Lake Placid Stamps
Central Africa 1979 13th Winter Olympic Games, Lake Placid Souvenir Sheet

1979 INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF THE CHILD (2nd issue)
Scott #393-7, SG #666-70
Limited quantities of imperforates of this issue exist.

Central Africa 1979 International Year of the Child (2nd issue) Stamps

1979 DEATH CENTENARY OF SIR ROWLAND HILL
Scott #398-402, SG #671-4, MS675
Limited quantities of imperforates and deluxe sheetlets of this issue 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 1989. 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.

Central Africa 1979 Death Centenary of Sir Rowland Hill Stamps
Central Africa 1979 Death Centenary of Sir Rowland Hill Souvenir Sheet

1979 PRE-OLYMPIC YEAR, BASKETBALL
Scott #403-7, SG #676-80
Limited quantities of imperforates and deluxe sheetlets of this issue exist.

Central Africa 1979 Pre-Olympic Year, Basketball Stamps

1980 WINTER OLYMPIC GAME WINNERS, LAKE PLACID
Scott #C224-8, SG #unlisted
Limited quantities of imperforates of this issue exist.
Inverted overprints exist. They are made for collectors.

The 1979 Winter Olympic Games Set and Souvenir Sheet Overprinted in Black
Central Africa 1980 Winter Olympic Game Winners Black Overprint Stamp Set

Central Africa 1980 Winter Olympic Game Winners Black Overprint Souvenir Sheet

The 1979 Winter Olympic Games Set Overprinted in Red (2,000 sets stated to exist)
Central Africa 1980 Winter Olympic Game Winners Red Overprint Stamp Set

1980 OLYMPIC MEDAL WINNERS, BASKETBALL
Scott #425-9, SG #717-21

Central Africa 1980 Olympic Medal Winners, Basketball Stamps

1981 SPACE EXPLORATION
Scott #445-9, SG #752-5, MS756
Limited quantities of imperforates and deluxe sheetlets of this issue 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 1989. There are some varieties that are legitimately rare.

Central Africa 1981 Space Exploration Stamps
Central Africa 1981 Space Exploration Souvenir Sheet

1981 REMBRANDT PAINTINGS
Scott #C240-4, SG #739-42, MS743
Limited quantities of imperforates of this issue exist.

Central Africa 1981 Rembrandt Paintings Stamps
Central Africa 1981 Rembrandt Paintings Souvenir Sheet

1981 ROYAL WEDDING OF PRINCE CHARLES AND LADY DIANA
Scott #457-61, SG #767-70, MS771
Limited quantities of imperforates and deluxe sheetlets of this issue 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 1989. 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.

Central Africa 1981 Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Stamps
Central Africa 1981 Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Souvenir Sheet

1982 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF SCOUTING
Scott #497-501, SG #815-18, MS819
Limited quantities of imperforates and deluxe sheetlets of this issue exist.

Central Africa 1982 75th Anniversary of Scouting Stamps
Central Africa 1982 75th Anniversary of Scouting Souvenir Sheet

1982 NORMAN ROCKWELL ILLUSTRATIONS
Scott #506-9, SG #827-30
A few uncut press sheets were found in the archive. All were broken into gutter varieties. They are extremely rare.

Central Africa 1982 Norman Rockwell Illustrations Stamps

1982 BIRTH OF PRINCE WILLIAM
Scott #529-33, SG #864-7, MS868
Limited quantities of imperforates of this issue exist.
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.

Central Africa 1982 Birth of Prince William Overprint Stamps
Central Africa 1982 Birth of Prince William Overprint Souvenir Sheet

From this point I could not find solid evidence for many sets issued between 1983 and 1988 except for the following three sets. It is possible and most probable that several sets (especially the airmails) were printed by Format. If I find it or if one of you find any evidence this page will be updated accordingly.

1983 BICENTENARY OF MANNED FLIGHT
Scott #C282-6, SG #930-3, MS934
Limited quantities of imperforates and deluxe sheetlets of this issue exist.
A few uncut press sheets were found in the archive. All were broken into gutter varieties. They are extremely rare.

Central Africa 1983 Bicentenary of Manned Flight Stamps
Central Africa 1983 Bicentenary of Manned Flight Souvenir Sheet

1985 SUMMER OLYMPIC WINNERS
Scott #C303-7, SG #1068-71, MS1072
A few uncut press sheets were found in the archive. All were broken into gutter varieties. They are extremely rare.

Central Africa 1985 Summer Olympic Winners Stamps
Central Africa 1985 Summer Olympic Winners Souvenir Sheet

1988 DINOSAURS
Scott #872-9, SG #1068-71, MS1072
A number of this issue as perforated, imperforate proofs came onto the market after the liquidation of the Format International Security Printers Ltd. in 1989.

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

Central Africa 1988 Dinosaurs Stamps
References taken from:
Scott Catalog
Internet research
Inventory list for the Format Archive by Robson Lowe

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