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THE FORMAT INTERNATIONAL SECURITY PRINTERS LTD. ARCHIVE

Information and Reference of What was Found in the Archive

Stamp issues for Congo (People's Republic) printed by the Format International Security Printers Ltd. and items found in the Archive

Flag of Congo People's Republic
Marquee for Golowe's Reference Site on the Format International Security Printers

CONGO (People's Republic)

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

Noting for Congo that Stanley Gibbons nor any other catalog seems to note who the printers were during the time that Format printed stamps for the Congo. By scanning thousands of images looking for clues like the color guides and logo's and analyzing archival material I am able to present this page.

Scott Catalog Notes that from 1959 onward the majority of sets were produced in limited numbers as imperforates, on deluxe sheetlets etc. Not only did Format have orders to produce them but Cartor printing also apparently had the same orders long before Format ever made stamps for the Congo. The evidence is the stamps themselves. Again I state that many other printing companies of the time were producing imperforates, deluxe sheetlets, specimen's, color proofs etc. in limited quantities exactly as the Format printers were. The quantities they produced were just never exposed because they were never put on trial. Therefore valuation of these varieties should be equal no matter who printed them.

1976 AMERICAN BICENTENNIAL
Scott #390-5, SG #546-50, Souvenir Sheet not listed

The stamps and the souvenir sheet exist imperforate. It appears that mint normal sets are getting scarcer. The imperforates exist in quantities of around 5,000 sets. Deluxe sheetlet set around 1,000 sets.

Congo 1976 American Bicentennial Stamps
Battle of Lexington
Congo 1976 American Bicentennial Souvenir Sheet

Deluxe Sheetlet Set
Congo 1976 American Bicentennial Deluxe Sheetlet Set

1977 HISTORY OF THE ZEPPELIN
Scott #408-12,C236, SG #567-71, Souvenir Sheet not listed

The stamps and the souvenir sheet exist imperforate. The imperforates exist in quantities of around 5,000 sets. Deluxe sheetlet set around 1,000 sets.

Congo 1977 History of the Zeppelin Stamps
LZ127 Over U.S. Capital
Congo 1977 History of the Zeppelin Souvenir Sheet

Deluxe Sheetlet Set
Congo 1977 History of the Zeppelin Deluxe Sheetlet Set

1977 HISTORY OF AVIATION
Scott #421-6, SG #583-7, Souvenir Sheet not listed

The stamps and the souvenir sheet exist imperforate. The imperforates exist in quantities of around 5,000 sets. Deluxe sheetlet set around 1,000 sets.

Congo 1977 History of Aviation Stamps
Lindbergh and Spirit of St. Louis over Ship in Atlantic
Congo 1977 History of Aviation Souvenir Sheet

Deluxe Sheetlet Set
Congo 1977 History of Aviation Deluxe Sheetlet Set

1977 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE REIGN OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II
Scott #427-8, C244, SG #591-2, Souvenir Sheet not listed

The stamps and the souvenir sheet exist imperforate. The imperforates exist in quantities of around 5,000 sets. Deluxe sheetlet set around 1,000 sets.

Congo 1977 25th Anniversary of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth II Stamps
Royal Family on Balcony
Congo 1977 25th Anniversary of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth II Souvenir Sheet

Deluxe Sheetlet Set
Congo 1977 25th Anniversary of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth II Deluxe Sheetlet Set

1977 KING BAUDOUIN OF BELGIUM AND CHARLES DE GAULLE PRESIDENT OF FRANCE
Scott #429-30, SG #589-90

The stamps exist imperforate. The imperforates exist in quantities of around 5,000 sets. Deluxe sheetlet set around 1,000 sets.

Congo 1977 King Baudouin and Charles de Gaulle Stamps
Deluxe Sheetlet Set
Congo 1977 King Baudouin and Charles de Gaulle Deluxe Sheetlet Set

1978 RUBENS PAINTINGS
Scott #433-7, SG #596-9, Souvenir Sheet not listed

The stamps and the souvenir sheet exist imperforate. The imperforates exist in quantities of around 5,000 sets. Deluxe sheetlet set around 1,000 sets.
There exists the set of unlisted souvenir sheets which were planned but never issued. Estimated quantity is around 3-5,000 sets. A couple of the uncut press sheets were found in the archive of these.

Congo 1978 Rubens Paintings Stamps

Farm at Laeken
Congo 1978 Rubens Paintings Souvenir Sheet

Deluxe Sheetlet Set
Congo 1978 Rubens Paintings Deluxe Sheetlet Set

Unlisted Deluxe Souvenir Sheet Set
Congo 1978 Rubens Paintings Unlisted Deluxe Souvenir Sheet Set

1978 11TH WORLD CUP SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP
Scott #441-6, SG #604-8, Souvenir Sheet not listed

The stamps and the souvenir sheet exist imperforate. The imperforates exist in quantities of around 5,000 sets. Deluxe sheetlet set around 1,000 sets.

Congo 1978 11th World Cup Soccer Championship Stamps

Franz Beckenbauer
Congo 1978 11th World Cup Soccer Championship Souvenir Sheet

Deluxe Sheetlet Set
Congo 1978 11th World Cup Soccer Championship Deluxe Sheetlet Set

1978 NOBEL PRIZE WINNERS
Scott #447-52, SG #610-14, Souvenir Sheet not listed

Imperforates are not on the market for this set at the time I created this page. Many CTO sets exist. Deluxe sheetlet set around 1,000 sets were produced. A couple of the uncut press sheets were found in the archive of these.

Congo 1978 Nobel Prize Winners Stamps

Henri Dunant and Red Cross Station
Congo 1978 Nobel Prize Winners Souvenir Sheet

Deluxe Sheetlet Set
Congo 1978 Nobel Prize Winners Deluxe Sheetlet Set

1978 ENDANGERED ANIMALS (WWF)
Scott #453-8, SG #620-5

The stamps exist imperforate. The imperforates exist in quantities of around 5,000 sets. Deluxe sheetlet set around 1,000 sets.

Congo 1978 Endangered Animals WWF Stamps
Deluxe Sheetlet Set
Congo 1978 Endangered Animals WWF Deluxe Sheetlet Set

1978 THE SEVEN ANCIENT WONDERS OF THE WORLD
Scott #460-7, SG #627-34
The stamps exist imperforate. The imperforates exist in quantities of around 5,000 sets. Deluxe sheetlet sets appear to not exist. It is interesting to note that Robson Lowe wrote an article on the essays for this set in the Philatelist. They were found in the archive along with several press sheets.

Congo 1978 Seven Ancient Wonders of the World Stamps
Unofficial Authenticated Imperforate Set
These cards were made up by a dealer. The claimed quantity is wrong as the general standard print run was 5,000 sets, not 1300 sets. Official proof sets are on Format Presentation cards. Any cards like these are to be questioned. There are a number of sets which this dealer created these cards for. All have the wrong quantities that exist. Should this dealer wish to contend the fact then let them show proof to the contrary.

Congo 1978 Seven Ancient Wonders of the World Imperforate Stamps on unofficial cards
1978 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CORONATION OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II
Scott #468-9, C244, SG #635-6, Airmail Souvenir Sheet not listed
The stamps and the souvenir sheet exist imperforate. The imperforates exist in quantities of around 5,000 sets. Deluxe sheetlet set around 1,000 sets.
Noting there is the variety of red overprint on the souvenir sheet which is not listed. It has been stated that 2,000 sets exist.

Congo 1978 25th Anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II Stamps
Royal Family on Balcony With Silver Overprint
Congo 1978 25th Anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II Silver Overprinted Souvenir Sheet
Royal Family on Balcony With Red Overprint
Congo 1978 25th Anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II Red Overprinted Souvenir Sheet
Enlarged View of Royal Family on Balcony With Red Overprint
Congo 1978 25th Anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II Enlarged View of Red Overprint
Deluxe Sheetlet Set
Congo 1978 25th Anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II Deluxe Sheetlet Set
1978 PAINTINGS BY DÜRER
Scott #474-7, SG #647-50
The stamps exist imperforate. The imperforates exist in quantities of around 5,000 sets. The deluxe souvenir sheet set was planned but never issued. Around 3-5,000 sets exist.
A number of uncut press sheets were found in the archive for this set. Intact pieces from them as in crossgutters, gutters and large selvage pieces are very rare.

Congo 1978 Paintings by Dürer Stamps
Unlisted Deluxe Souvenir Sheet Set
Congo 1978 Paintings by Dürer Unlisted Deluxe Souvenir Sheet Set
1978 11TH WORLD CUP SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS
Scott #481-6, SG #652-6, Souvenir Sheet not listed
The stamps and the souvenir sheet exist imperforate. The imperforates exist in quantities of around 5,000 sets. Deluxe sheetlet set around 1,000 sets.
Noting there is the variety of red overprint on both the stamps and the souvenir sheet which is not listed. It has been stated 2,000 sets exist.

Congo 1978 11th World Cup Soccer Championship Winners Stamps
Franz Beckenbauer Souvenir Sheet with Silver Overprint
Congo 1978 11th World Cup Soccer Championship Winners Souvenir Sheet
Comparison of the Silver and Red Overprints
Congo 1978 11th World Cup Soccer Championship Winners Overprint Color Comparison
Deluxe Sheetlet Set
Congo 1978 11th World Cup Soccer Championship Winners Deluxe Sheetlet Set
1979 DEATH BICENTENARY OF CAPTAIN JAMES COOK
Scott #489-92, SG #660-3

The stamps exist imperforate. The imperforates exist in quantities of around 5,000 sets. Deluxe sheetlet set around 1,000 sets.
A number of uncut press sheets were found in the archive for this set. Intact pieces from them as in crossgutters, gutters and large selvage pieces are very rare.

Congo 1979 Death Bicentenary of Captain James Cook Stamps
Deluxe Sheetlet Set
Congo 1979 Death Bicentenary of Captain James Cook Deluxe Sheetlet Set

1979 PRE-OLYMPIC YEAR (1st Issue)
Scott #C256-C260, SG #697-701

The stamps exist imperforate. The imperforates exist in quantities of around 5,000 sets. Deluxe sheetlet set around 1,000 sets.
A number of uncut press sheets were found in the archive for this set. Intact pieces from them as in crossgutters, gutters and large selvage pieces are very rare.

Congo 1979 Pre-Olympic Year (1st issue) Stamps
Deluxe Sheetlet Set
Congo 1979 Pre-Olympic Year (1st issue) Deluxe Sheetlet Set

1979 13TH WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES, LAKE PLACID SKIING
Scott #C261-C265, SG #704-8

The stamps exist imperforate. The imperforates exist in quantities of around 5,000 sets. Deluxe sheetlet set around 1,000 sets.
A number of uncut press sheets were found in the archive for this set. Intact pieces from them as in crossgutters, gutters and large selvage pieces are very rare.

Congo 1979 13th Winter Olympic Games, Lake Placid Skiing Stamps
Deluxe Sheetlet Set
Congo 1979 13th Winter Olympic Games, Lake Placid Skiing Deluxe Sheetlet Set

1979 YEAR OF THE CHILD
Scott #495-496A, SG #666-7, Souvenir Sheet not listed

The stamps and souvenir sheet exist imperforate. The imperforates exist in quantities of around 5,000 sets. Deluxe sheetlet set around 1,000 sets.
A number of uncut press sheets were found in the archive for this set. Intact pieces from them as in crossgutters, gutters and large selvage pieces are very rare. There were around 3-4 press sheets of the souvenir sheet. All were cut into imperf between pairs and large selvage singles.

Congo 1979 Year of the Child Stamps
Souvenir Sheet
Congo 1979 Year of the Child Souvenir Sheet
Deluxe Sheetlet Set
Congo 1979 Year of the Child Deluxe Sheetlet Set

1979 DEATH CENTENARY OF SIR ROWLAND HILL, TRAINS, LOCOMOTIVES
Scott #499-503, SG #670-3, Souvenir Sheet not listed

The stamps and souvenir sheet exist imperforate. The imperforates exist in quantities of around 5,000 sets. Deluxe sheetlet set around 2,000 sets. A popular stamp on stamp set.
A small number of uncut press sheets were found in the archive for this set. Intact pieces from them as in crossgutters, gutters and large selvage pieces are very rare. There were around 3-4 press sheets of the souvenir sheet. All were cut into imperf between pairs and large selvage singles.
An interesting note is that four press sheets were found imperforate and CTO! Two are still intact!

Congo 1979 Death Centenary of Sir Rowland Hill Stamps
Electric Train, Concorde and Middle Congo Stamp
Congo 1979 Death Centenary of Sir Rowland Hill Souvenir Sheet
Deluxe Sheetlet Set
Congo 1979 Death Centenary of Sir Rowland Hill Deluxe Sheetlet Set

1979 JOHANN BACH AND ALBERT EINSTEIN
Scott #511-12, SG #686-7

The stamps exist imperforate. The imperforates appear to be fairly scarce. At the time I created this page no deluxe sheetlet sets seem to exist.

Congo 1979 Johann Bach and Albert Einstein Stamps

1980 WINTER OLYMPIC GAME WINNERS, LAKE PLACID
Scott #C266-C270, SG #711-15

The stamps exist imperforate. The imperforates exist in quantities of around 5,000 sets. At the time I created this page no deluxe sheetlet sets seem to exist.
A small number of uncut press sheets were found in the archive for this set. Intact pieces from them as in crossgutters, gutters and large selvage pieces are very rare.

Congo 1980 Winter Olympic Games Medal Winners, Lake Placid Stamps

1980 SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES, MOSCOW
Scott #C271-C275, SG #716-19, Souvenir Sheet not listed

The stamps and the souvenir sheet exist imperforate. The imperforates exist in quantities of around 5,000 sets. Deluxe sheetlet set around 2,000 sets.
A small number of uncut press sheets were found in the archive for this set. Intact pieces from them as in crossgutters, gutters and large selvage pieces are very rare. There were around 3-4 press sheets of the souvenir sheet. All were cut into imperf between pairs and large selvage singles.

Congo 1980 Summer Olympic Games, Moscow Stamps

Long Jump
Congo 1980 Summer Olympic Games, Moscow Souvenir Sheet

Deluxe Sheetlet Set
Congo 1980 Summer Olympic Games, Moscow Deluxe Sheetlet Set

1980 WORLD CUP SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP, SPAIN (1982)
Scott #C276-C281, SG #726-30, Souvenir Sheet not listed

The stamps and the souvenir sheet exist imperforate. The imperforates exist in quantities of around 5,000 sets. There are two types of Deluxe sheetlet sets. Around 2,000 sets of each type were produced.
A small number of uncut press sheets were found in the archive for this set. Intact pieces from them as in crossgutters, gutters and large selvage pieces are very rare. There were around 3-4 press sheets of the souvenir sheet. All were cut into imperf between pairs and large selvage singles.

Congo 1980 World Cup Soccer Championship, Spain (1982) Stamps

Barcelona
Congo 1980 World Cup Soccer Championship, Spain (1982) Souvenir Sheet

Deluxe Sheetlet Set with Decorative Background
Congo 1980 World Cup Soccer Championship, Spain (1982) Deluxe Sheetlet Set with Decorative Background

Deluxe Sheetlet Set with Plain White Background
Congo 1980 World Cup Soccer Championship, Spain (1982) Deluxe Sheetlet Set with White Background

1980 SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES WINNERS, MOSCOW
Scott #C292-C296, SG #777-80, Souvenir Sheet not listed

The stamps and the souvenir sheet exist imperforate. The imperforates exist in quantities of around 5,000 sets. No deluxe sheetlets with the overprint known

Congo 1980 Summer Olympic Game Winners, Moscow Stamps

Long Jump With Overprint
Congo 1980 Summer Olympic Game Winners, Moscow Souvenir Sheet

1981 CONQUEST OF SPACE
Scott #580-4, SG #796-9, Souvenir Sheet not listed

The stamps and the souvenir sheet exist imperforate. The imperforates exist in quantities of around 5,000 sets. Deluxe sheetlet set around 2,000 sets.
A small number of uncut press sheets were found in the archive for this set. Intact pieces from them as in crossgutters, gutters and large selvage pieces are very rare. There were around 3-4 press sheets of the souvenir sheet. All were cut into imperf between pairs and large selvage singles.

Congo 1981 Conquest of Space Stamps

Columbia Space Shuttle 1981
Congo 1981 Conquest of Space Souvenir Sheet

Deluxe Sheetlet Set
Congo 1981 Conquest of Space Deluxe Sheetlet Set

1981 ROYAL WEDDING OF PRINCE CHARLES AND LADY DIANA
Scott #604-7, SG #823-5, Souvenir Sheet not listed

The stamps and the souvenir sheet exist imperforate. The imperforates exist in quantities of around 5,000 sets. Deluxe sheetlet set around 3,000 sets.
A number of uncut press sheets were found in the archive for this set. Intact pieces from them as in crossgutters, gutters and large selvage pieces are very rare. There were around 5 press sheets of the souvenir sheet mint and 5 more CTO. All were cut into imperf between pairs and large selvage singles all being in the very rare category.

Congo 1981 Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Stamps

The Royal Couple
Congo 1981 Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Souvenir Sheet

Deluxe Sheetlet Set
Congo 1981 Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Deluxe Sheetlet Set

1982 21ST BIRTHDAY OF PRINCESS DIANA
Scott #639-41, SG #858-9, Souvenir Sheet not listed

The stamps and the souvenir sheet exist imperforate. The imperforates exist in quantities of around 5,000 sets. Deluxe sheetlet set do not seem to exist.
A number of uncut press sheets were found in the archive for this set. Intact pieces from them as in crossgutters, gutters and large selvage pieces are very rare. There were around 5 press sheets of the souvenir sheet mint and 5 more CTO. All were cut into imperf between pairs and large selvage singles all being in the very rare category.

Congo 1982 21st Birthday of Princess Diana Stamps

Diana
Congo 1982 21st Birthday of Princess Diana Souvenir Sheet

1982 BIRTH OF PRINCE WILLIAM OF WALES
Scott #647-50, SG #869-71, Souvenir Sheet not listed

The stamps and the souvenir sheet exist imperforate. The imperforates exist in quantities of around 5,000 sets. Deluxe sheetlet set do not seem to exist with the overprint.

Congo 1982 Birth of Prince William of Wales Stamps

The Royal Couple with Overprint
Congo 1982 Birth of Prince William of Wales Souvenir Sheet

1982 WORLD CUP SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP FINALISTS, SPAIN (1982)
Scott #C298-C303, SG #874-8, Souvenir Sheet not listed

The stamps and the souvenir sheet exist imperforate. The imperforates exist in quantities of around 5,000 sets. Deluxe sheetlet set do not seem to exist with the overprint.

Congo 1980 World Cup Soccer Championship Finalists, Spain (1982) Stamps

Barcelona with Finalist Overprint
Congo 1980 World Cup Soccer Championship Finalists, Spain (1982) Souvenir Sheet

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

As you can see every set has imperforates that were made as do most sets made by other printers during the same time era. This is proof that the printers were under contracts that allowed them to be made for promotional reasons and for sale to collectors. Therefore any discrepancy with pricing them for less because they were made by the Format Printers and more because they were made by Cartor should be disregarded because the quantities that exist are equal no matter who made the stamps.

References taken from:
Scott Catalog
Inventory list for the Format Archive by Robson Lowe
Internet research

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