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THE FORMAT INTERNATIONAL SECURITY PRINTERS LTD. ARCHIVE

Information and Reference of What was Found in the Archive

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

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COMORO ISLANDS

Comoro Islands stamps printed by Format International Security Printers Ltd.

The Format Printers are quite a mystery with the Comoros. The majority of issues produced for this country do not have any identification such as color guides or logo's which can give positive proof that the Format Printers were indeed the printers. It is therefore a difficult task to narrow down to which issues were actually printed.

On this page are listed the issues that do have evidence either through items found in the archive or evidence stated by others. Therefore sets may be missing or in some cases the set shown may not have been printed by the Format Printers. Should you have evidence proving the printing to be done by others or of sets not shown please feel free to contact me on it.

Some sets contain embossed gold or silver foil stamps. The embossed versions were not printed by the Format Printers and in cases where they are shown they were most likely printed by Walsall or other British Printers in partnership with Format. The Format Printers never printed these type of stamp issues. They were strictly litho printers only.

I note that as with the majority of African and middle east country issues, many varieties were produced by all the printers. The Format Printers were no exception nor unique in the production of imperforates, deluxe sheetlets and deluxe souvenir sheets. They all produced them and in some cases the other printers did it on a larger scale.

In 1975 Anjoun, Grand Comoro and Moheli united to declare independence as the State of Comoro. It is at this time that a massive production of stamp issues began. It is when gold embossed issues began. It is when production of varieties increased dramatically. Evidence is showing that between 1976 to 1978 only one issue was printed by the Format Printers and issued. More issues were produced by Format but were not issued at the time. It appears that there were contract problems. Certain sets such as the Rubens Paintings issues were produced in 1977 by other printers. The sets produced by Format were not released and are considered unissued without overprints. They are similar in design to the same topics used on other countries stamps within the region printed by Format. Because some topics were the same as the issued sets they were "held". The government changed in 1978 when these sets were overprinted.

1976 SUMMER OLYMPICS, MONTREAL
Scott 183-9, SG 279-82

Comoro Islands 1976 Summer Olympics Stamps
Comoro Islands 1976 Summer Olympics Souvenir Sheet

Imperforate Stamp Set
Comoro Islands 1976 Summer Olympics Imperforate Stamp Set

Deluxe Sheetlet Set with White Background
Comoro Islands 1976 Summer Olympics Deluxe Sheetlet Set with White Background

Deluxe Sheetlet Set with Pink Background
Comoro Islands 1976 Summer Olympics Deluxe Sheetlet Set with Pink Background

1976 TELEPHONE CENTENARY
Scott 196-203, SG not listed

Comoro Islands 1976 Telephone Centenary Stamps
Ship-to-Satellite Communications
Comoro Islands 1976 Telephone Centenary Ship-to-Satellite Communications Souvenir Sheet
Global Communications
Comoro Islands 1976 Telephone Centenary Global Communications Souvenir Sheet
Deluxe Sheet Set
Comoro Islands 1976 Telephone Centenary Deluxe Sheet Set

1977 AIRSHIPS AND LOCOMOTIVES
Scott 247-53, SG 221-6, MS227

Comoro Islands 1977 Airships and Locomotives Stamps
Graf-Zeppelin
Comoro Islands 1977 Airships and Locomotives Graf-Zeppelin Souvenir Sheet
Imperforate Stamp Set
Comoro Islands 1977 Airships and Locomotives Imperforate Stamp Set
Deluxe Sheetlets
Comoro Islands 1977 Airships and Locomotives Deluxe Sheetlets

The following six sets are the unissued sets which were later overprinted. They are considered unissued without overprints. Scott catalog states the sets without overprints are no scarcer than previous listed sets.

1977 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CORONATION OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II
Scott noted

The noting in Scott states it is a set of nine. Several embossed stamps exist with "etat" (state) country name having 1977 dating and are inscribed for "Silver Jubilee". I show them below this set. Noted by others that they were printed by Format. The foil stamps were not.

Comoro Islands 1977 25th Anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II Stamps
Comoro Islands 1977 25th Anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II Souvenir Sheet

Gold Foil Embossed 1000F Stamp
Comoro Islands 1977 25th Anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II Gold Foil Embossed 1000F Stamp
Gold Foil Embossed 1000F Imperforate Souvenir Sheet
Comoro Islands 1977 25th Anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II Gold Foil Embossed 1000F Imperforate Souvenir Sheet
STATE OF COMOROS

The following gold foil issues are not noted in Scott.

Gold Foil Embossed 500F Stamp in Sheetlet of Four
Comoro Islands 1977 25th Anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II Gold Foil Embossed 500F Stamps
Gold Foil Embossed 500F Deluxe Souvenir Sheet
Comoro Islands 1977 25th Anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II Gold Foil Embossed 500F Deluxe Souvenir Sheet
Gold Foil Embossed 1000F Souvenir Sheet
Comoro Islands 1977 25th Anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II Gold Foil Embossed 1000F Souvenir Sheet
1978 BUTTERFLIES
Scott noted

No proof that Format produced this set.

Comoro Islands 1978 Butterflies Stamps
Comoro Islands 1978 Butterflies Souvenir Sheet

1978 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF WORLD TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Scott noted

Noted by others that they were printed by Format.

Comoros Islands 1978 10th Anniversary of World Telecommunications Stamps

1978 HISTORY OF AVIATION
Scott noted

No proof that Format produced this set.

Comoro Islands 1978 History of Aviation Stamps
Comoro Islands 1978 History of Aviation Souvenir Sheet

1978 RUBENS PAINTINGS
Scott noted

No proof that Format produced this set. Similar to other issues from other countries.

Comoro Islands 1978 Rubens Paintings Stamps
Comoro Islands 1978 400F Rubens Paintings Souvenir Sheet
Comoro Islands 1978 1000F Rubens Paintings Souvenir Sheet
Comoro Islands 1978 1500F Rubens Paintings Souvenir Sheet
Deluxe Sheetlet Set
Comoro Islands 1978 Rubens Paintings Deluxe Sheetlet Set

1978 DURER PAINTINGS
Scott noted

No proof that Format produced this set. Again similar to other issues from other countries.

Comoro Islands 1978 Durer Paintings Stamps
Comoro Islands 1978 500F Durer Paintings Souvenir Sheet
Comoro Islands 1978 1000F Durer Paintings Souvenir Sheet
Comoro Islands 1978 1500F Durer Paintings Souvenir Sheet
Deluxe Sheetlet Set
Comoro Islands 1978 Durer Paintings Deluxe Sheetlet Set

End of unissued sets.

1978 BIRDS
Scott 285-91, SG 271-6, MS277

Comoro Islands 1978 Birds Stamps
Comoro Islands 1978 Birds Souvenir Sheet
Imperforate Stamp Set
Comoro Islands 1978 Birds Imperforate Stamp Set
1978 DEATH CENTENARY OF SIR ROWLAND HILL
Scott 393-401, SG 300-305, MS306

Comoro Islands 1978 Death Centenary of Sir Rowland Hill Stamps
Comoro Islands 1978 Death Centenary of Sir Rowland Hill Souvenir Sheet
Imperforate Stamp Set
Comoro Islands 1978 Death Centenary of Sir Rowland Hill Imperforate Stamp Set
Deluxe Sheetlet Set
Exists perforated and imperforate.
Comoro Islands 1978 Death Centenary of Sir Rowland Hill Deluxe Sheetlet Set

Gold Foil Embossed 1500F Stamp in Sheetlets of Four
Exists perforated and imperforate.
Comoro Islands 1978 Death Centenary of Sir Rowland Hill Gold Foil Embossed 1500F Stamp Sheetlets
Gold Foil Embossed 1500F Stamp Souvenir Sheetlet
Not listed in Scott Catalog. Exists perforated and imperforate.
Comoro Islands 1978 Death Centenary of Sir Rowland Hill Gold Foil Embossed 1500F Stamp Souvenir Sheetlet
Gold Foil Embossed 1500F Stamp Souvenir Sheet
Exists perforated and imperforate.
Comoro Islands 1978 Death Centenary of Sir Rowland Hill Gold Foil Embossed 1500F Stamp Souvenir Sheet
1981 CENTENARY OF THE BIRTH OF PICASSO
Scott C113-17, SG 442-6, MS447

Deluxe sheet sets exist for the stamps. 1-3,000 sets were produced.

Comoro Islands 1981 Centenary of the Birth of Picasso Stamps

Deluxe Sheetlet Set with White Background
Comoro Islands 1981 Picasso Deluxe Sheetlet Set with White Background

1981 SPACE EXPLORATION
Scott 517-21, SG 447-50, MS451

Imperforates exist for this set. 5,000 sets were produced.
Deluxe sheet sets exist for the stamps. 1-3,000 sets were produced.
Unique perforated press sheets for this issue were found in the archive purchases of Kasimir Bileski. Gutters and Souvenir Sheet Pairs were created from them and are extremely rare.

Comoro Islands 1981 Space Exploration Stamps
Comoro Islands 1981 Space Exploration Souvenir Sheet
Deluxe Sheetlet Set with White Background
Comoro Islands 1981 Space Exploration Deluxe Sheetlet Set with White Background

1981 ROYAL WEDDING OF PRINCE CHARLES AND LADY DIANA
Scott 522-4, 524a, SG 452-4, MS455

Imperforates exist for this set. At least 5,000 sets were produced.
Deluxe sheet sets exist for the stamps. 1-3,000 sets were produced.
Several perforated press sheets for this issue were found in the archive purchases of Kasimir Bileski. Gutters and Souvenir Sheet Pairs were created from them and are extremely rare.

Comoro Islands 1981 Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Stamps
Comoro Islands 1981 Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Souvenir Sheet
Imperforate Stamp Set
Comoro Islands 1981 Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Imperforate Stamp Set
Deluxe Sheetlet Set with Light Blue Decorative Background
Comoro Islands 1981 Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Deluxe Sheetlet Set with Decorative Blue Background

1981 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GRAND PRIX
Scott 535-40, SG 469-73, MS474

Imperforates exist for this set. 5,000 sets were produced.
Deluxe sheet sets exist for the stamps. 1-3,000 sets were produced.
Unique perforated press sheets for this issue were found in the archive purchases of Kasimir Bileski. Gutters and Souvenir Sheet Pairs were created from them and are extremely rare.

Comoro Islands 1981 75th Anniversary of the Grand Prix Stamps
Comoro Islands 1981 75th Anniversary of the Grand Prix Souvenir Sheet
Deluxe Sheetlet Set with Light Green Decorative Background
Comoro Islands 1981 75th Anniversary of the Grand Prix Deluxe Sheetlet Set with Light Green Decorative Background

1982 SCOUTING YEAR
Scott 541-5, SG 475-8, MS479

Imperforates exist for this set. 5,000 sets were produced.
Deluxe sheet sets exist for the stamps. 1-3,000 sets were produced.

Comoro Islands 1982 Scouting Year Stamps
Comoro Islands 1982 Scouting Year Souvenir Sheet
Deluxe Sheetlet Set with Light Brown Decorative Background
Comoro Islands 1981 75th Anniversary of the Grand Prix Deluxe Sheetlet Set with Light Brown Decorative Background

1982 21ST BIRTHDAY OF PRINCESS DIANA
Scott 546-8, SG 482-3, MS484

Imperforates exist for this set. 5,000 sets were produced.
Several perforated press sheets for this issue were found in the archive purchases of Kasimir Bileski. One unique press sheet containing both the 21st Birthday issue and the Goethe issue was found. Souvenir Sheet Pairs were created from the souvenir sheet press sheets and are extremely rare.

Comoro Islands 1982 21st Birthday of Princess Diana Stamps
Comoro Islands 1982 21st Birthday of Princess Diana Souvenir Sheet

1982 JOHANNES VON GOETHE
Scott 549-50, SG 480-1

Imperforates exist for this set. 5,000 sets were produced.
Deluxe sheet sets exist for the stamps. 1-3,000 sets were produced.
A unique perforated press sheet for this issue along with the 21st Birthday issue was found in the archive purchases of Kasimir Bileski.

Comoro Islands 1982 Johannes von Goethe Stamps

Deluxe Sheetlet Set with Light Green Decorative Background
Comoro Islands 1982 Johannes von Goethe Deluxe Sheetlet Set with Light Green Decorative Background

1982 BIRTH OF PRINCE WILLIAM OF WALES
Scott 551-3, 553a, SG 485-7, MS488

Imperforates exist of the souvenir sheet for this set.
Several perforated press sheets for this issue were found in the archive purchases of Kasimir Bileski. Gutters and Souvenir Sheet Pairs were created from them and are extremely rare.

Comoro Islands 1982 Birth of Prince William Stamps
Comoro Islands 1982 Birth of Prince William Souvenir Sheet

Red Overprint
Many call this an error. It is not. Simply a limited printing.

Comoro Islands 1982 Birth of Prince William Stamp with Red Overprint
1982 NORMAN ROCKWELL PAINTINGS
Scott 561-6, SG 495-500

Imperforates exist for this set. 5,000 sets were produced.
Several perforated press sheets for this issue were found in the archive purchases of Kasimir Bileski. Gutter Pairs were created from them and are very rare.

Comoro Islands 1982 Norman Rockwell Paintings Stamps

1983 BICENTENARY OF MANNED FLIGHT
Scott C122-6, SG 505-8, MS509

Imperforates exist for this set. 5,000 sets were produced.
Deluxe sheet sets exist for the stamps. 1-3,000 sets were produced.

Comoro Islands 1983 Bicentenary of Manned Flight Stamps
Comoro Islands 1983 Bicentenary of Manned Flight Souvenir Sheet
Deluxe Sheetlet Set with Light Blue Decorative Background
Comoro Islands 1983 Bicentenary of Manned Flight Deluxe Sheetlet Set with Light Blue Decorative Background

1983 PRE-OLYMPIC YEAR SAILING
Scott C127-31, SG 510-13, MS514

Imperforates exist for this set. 5,000 sets were produced.
Deluxe sheet sets exist for the stamps. 1-3,000 sets were produced.

Comoro Islands 1983 Pre-Olympic Year Sailing Stamps
Comoro Islands 1983 Pre-Olympic Year Sailing Souvenir Sheet

Deluxe Sheetlet Set with Yellow Decorative Background
Comoro Islands 1983 Pre-Olympic Year Sailing Deluxe Sheetlet Set with Yellow Decorative Background

1983 HORSES
Scott 579-86, SG 523-30

Deluxe sheet sets exist for the stamps. 1-3,000 sets were produced.

Comoro Islands 1983 Horses Stamps
Deluxe Sheetlet Set with Yellow Decorative Background
Comoro Islands 1983 Horses Deluxe Sheetlet Set with Yellow Decorative Background

1983 RAPHAEL PAINTINGS
Scott 587-90, SG 531-4

Comoro Islands 1983 Raphael Paintings Stamps

1984 SUMMER OLYMPICS
Scott C132-7, SG 536-40, MS541

Comoro Islands 1984 Summer Olympics Stamps
Comoro Islands 1984 Summer Olympics Souvenir Sheet

1984 SHIPS AND AUTOMOBILES
Scott 591-8, SG 542-9

Comoro Islands 1984 Ships and Automobiles Stamps

1985 BICENTENARY OF THE BIRTH OF JOHN J. AUDUBON BIRDS
Scott C139-42, SG 550-3

Imperforates exist for this set. 5,000 sets were produced.

Comoro Islands 1985 Bicentenary of the Birth of John J. Audubon Birds Stamps

1985 ANNIVERSARIES AND EVENTS
Scott 604-8, SG 557-61

Deluxe sheet sets exist for the stamps. 1-3,000 sets were produced.

Comoro Islands 1985 Anniversaries and Events Stamps

Deluxe Sheetlet with Blue Decorative Background
Comoro Islands 1985 Anniversaries and Events Deluxe Sheetlet with Blue Decorative Background

1985 SEA SHELLS
Scott 609-13, SG 566-70

Several perforated press sheets for this issue were found in the archive purchases of Kasimir Bileski. Gutter Pairs were created from them and are very rare. Also a set of the color proof press sheets were retained. Also quite rare in any form.

Comoro Islands 1985 Sea Shells Stamps

Crossgutter Color Proof Set from the Press Sheets
Comoro Islands 1985 Sea Shells Color Proof Set

These were the last stamps printed by the Format International Security Printers Ltd. for the Comoro Islands (Comoros, Comores).

References taken from:
Stanley Gibbons Online Catalog
Scott Catalog
Inventory list for the Format Archive by Robson Lowe
Internet Research

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