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THE FORMAT INTERNATIONAL SECURITY PRINTERS LTD. ARCHIVE

Information and Reference of What was Found in the Archive

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

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

In 1966 British Guinea gained independence and was renamed Guyana.

1969 BIRTH CENTENARY OF MAHATMA GANDHI Scott #100-1, SG #509-10

1969 Birth Centenary of Mahatma Gandhi Stamps

1971 FLOWERING PLANTS Scott #143-7, SG #552-6
The Format Printers produced the high values whereas other printing companies produced all the lower values of this set.

1971 Flowering Plants Stamps

1973 EASTER Scott #176-9, SG #585-8

1973 Easter Stamps

1980 CHRISTMAS, TREES AND FOLIAGE Scott #325-8, SG #752-5

1980 Christmas Stamps

1983 PRESIDENT BURNHAM'S 60TH BIRTHDAY, AND 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF ELECTION TO PARLIAMENT
Scott #608-10, SG #1049-52
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 President Burnham's 60th Birthday Stamps

1983 RIVER BOATS Scott #661-5, SG #1127-31
Tete-beches and inverted watermarks exist.

1983 Riverboats Stamps
TETE-BECHE PAIRS
1983 Riverboats Tete-beche Pairs

1983 125TH ANNIVERSARY OF USE OF GREAT BRITAIN STAMPS IN GUYANA Scott #706-13, SG #1172-91

1983 125th Anniversary of use of Great Britain Stamps in Guyana Stamps

1984 CENTENARY OF GUYANA TEACHERS' ASSOCIATION Scott #822-5, SG #1298-1301

1984 Centenary of Guyana Teachers' Association Stamps

1984 OLYMPIC GAMES, LOS ANGELES (3rd issue) Scott #913, SG #1420
This issue 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.

1984 Olympic Games, Los Angeles (3rd issue) Stamp

1985 GEORGETOWN BUILDINGS Scott #918-22, SG #1430-6

1985 Georgetown Buildings Stamps

1985 REPUBLIC DAY OVERPRINT Scott #924-6, SG #1438-41

A conflict exists with the listing. Stanley Gibbons states the overprint was done by Autoprint. If this is so then why was this issue with this overprint in possession of the Format Printers?
We believe the "Republic Day 1970-1985" overprint was done by Format whereas the surcharges on the $6 stamp were made by Autoprint.

This issue overprinted "1980-1985" in error 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 the 1983 President Burnham's 60th Birthday Stamps Overprinted for Republic Day

1985 WILDLIFE PROTECTION Scott #927-32, SG #1444-6
The 25c inscribed "1986" and perf 14 and all 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.

1985 Wildlife Protection Stamps

The Reichenbachia Orchid Series 1 and 2 are all issues with images depicting the 192 famous orchid paintings by Dr. Heinrich Gustav Reichenbach of Hamburg, Germany and commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the publication of Frederick Sander's REICHENBACHIA. The series was produced and issued from July 9, 1985 to March 1, 1989. There were 35 issue sets produced in all for the basic stamps. This is just the tip of the iceberg so to speak as far as the Reichenbachia Orchid series are concerned.

There is an ENORMOUS number and range of overprints and varieties on the orchid issues, as well as other issues of Guyana of which the Format International Security Printers Ltd. only made a few of. At present it is not known exactly what issues were actually overprinted by the Format International Security Printers Ltd. except for a few listed as such in Stanley Gibbons. Research is ongoing by specialists in the field on all the varieties of these issues.
Hopefully more evidence will be found in their research clarifying some of the issues that WERE actually overprinted by the Format Printers.

This is the FIRST time a web page has ever been produced showing all the BASIC issues in crystal clarity for the public to view.

We thank Kai Detto (Specialist Collector/Researcher of the Guyana Orchid Issues) for his contribution of all the following crystal clear images of the basic issues.

1985 CENTENARY OF PUBLICATION OF SANDERS' REICHENBACHIA (1st issue) Scott #1035,1022,1029,1033,1045,1061,1057,1023,1028,1037,1044,1047,1055,1059,1060,1024, SG #1518-33

1985 Centenary of Publication of Sanders' Reichenbachia Orchids (1st issue) Stamps

1985 ARMS OF GUYANA Scott #1337,1339,1341, SG #1534-35b

1985 Arms of Guyana Stamps

1985 85TH BIRTHDAY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER (1st issue) Scott #1342-5, SG #1536-8,MS1539

1985 85th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Stamps
1985 85th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Souvenir Sheetlet

1985 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF ABOLITION OF SLAVERY (1984) (1st issue) Scott #1355-8, SG #1547-50
The two high values 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 150th Anniversary of Abolition of Slavery (1984) (1st issue) Stamps

1985 CENTENARY OF PUBLICATION OF SANDERS' REICHENBACHIA (2nd issue) Scott #1089,1032,1050,1085,1107,1078,1082,1066,1041,1068,1062,1064,1065,1073,1083,1104, SG #1551-66

1985 Centenary of Publication of Sanders' Reichenbachia Orchids (2nd issue) Stamps

1985 CENTENARY OF PUBLICATION OF SANDERS' REICHENBACHIA (3rd issue) Scott #1030,1051,1088,1103,1105,1116,1119,1021,1034,1058,1072,1075,1080,1038,1048,1077, SG #1571-86

1985 Centenary of Publication of Sanders' Reichenbachia Orchids (3rd issue) Stamps

1985 CENTENARY OF PUBLICATION OF SANDERS' REICHENBACHIA (4th issue) Scott #1095, SG #1597

1985 Centenary of Publication of Sanders' Reichenbachia Orchids (4th issue) Stamp

1985 COLUMBUS DAY Scott #1372, SG #1598
Never issued without surcharge.

1985 Columbus Day Stamps

1985 CHRISTMAS Scott #1393, SG #MS1619

1985 Christmas Sheetlet

1985 CENTENARY OF PUBLICATION OF SANDERS' REICHENBACHIA (5th issue) Scott #1100,1090,1098,1120,1123,1096,1109,1067,1081,1097,1099,1111,1110,1056,1063,1053, SG #1620-35
A number of these issues prepared but never issued 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 Centenary of Publication of Sanders' Reichenbachia Orchids (5th issue) Stamps

1985 CLIVE LLOYD'S TESTIMONIAL YEAR Scott #1394-8, SG #1636-42

1985 Clive Lloyd's Testimonial Year Stamps

1986 CENTENARY OF THE APPEARANCE OF REICHENBACHIA VOLUME I Scott #1402-3, SG #1657-8

1986 Centenary of the Appearance of Reichenbachia Volume I Stamps

1986 CENTENARY OF PUBLICATION OF SANDERS' REICHENBACHIA (6th issue) Scott #1126,1092,1156,1162,1026,1141,1129,1131,1139,1087,1143, SG #1663-73

1986 Centenary of Publication of Sanders' Reichenbachia Orchids (6th issue) Stamps

1986 CENTENARY OF PUBLICATION OF SANDERS' REICHENBACHIA (7th issue) Scott #1117,1115,1147,1102,1161, SG #1679-83

1986 Centenary of Publication of Sanders' Reichenbachia Orchids (7th issue) Stamps

1986 CENTENARY OF PUBLICATION OF SANDERS' REICHENBACHIA (8th issue) Scott #1144,1042,1158,1113,1155,1122,1070,1153, SG #1731-8

1986 Centenary of Publication of Sanders' Reichenbachia Orchids (8th issue) Stamps

1986 APPEARANCE OF HALLEY'S COMET Scott #1461, SG #1744-5,MS1746
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 Appearance of Halley's Comet Stamp Pair

1986 CENTENARY OF PUBLICATION OF SANDERS' REICHENBACHIA (9th issue) Scott #1164,1134,1151,1149,1125,1040,1137,1133, SG #1747-54

1986 Centenary of Publication of Sanders' Reichenbachia Orchids (9th issue) Stamps

1986-7 CENTENARY OF PUBLICATION OF SANDERS' REICHENBACHIA WITH WATERMARK (1st set) Scott #1028a,1037a,1047a,1055a, SG #1759-62

1986-7 Reichenbachia Orchids Watermarked (1st set) Stamps

1986-7 CENTENARY OF PUBLICATION OF SANDERS' REICHENBACHIA WITH WATERMARK (2nd set) Scott #1032a,1050a,1085a,1107a, SG #1763-66

1986-7 Reichenbachia Orchids Watermarked (2nd set) Stamps

1986-7 CENTENARY OF PUBLICATION OF SANDERS' REICHENBACHIA WITH WATERMARK (3rd set) Scott #1072a,1075a,1080a,1077a, SG #1767-70

1986-7 Reichenbachia Orchids Watermarked (3rd set) Stamps

1986-7 CENTENARY OF PUBLICATION OF SANDERS' REICHENBACHIA WITH WATERMARK (4th set) Scott #1090a,1096a,1109a,1053a, SG #1771-4

1986-7 Reichenbachia Orchids Watermarked (4th set) Stamps

1986-7 CENTENARY OF PUBLICATION OF SANDERS' REICHENBACHIA WITH WATERMARK (5th set) (1987) Scott #1126a,1092a,1156a,1162a,1026a,1141a,1129a,1131a,1139a,1087a,1143a, SG #1775-85

1986-7 Reichenbachia Orchids Watermarked (5th set) Stamps

1986-7 CENTENARY OF PUBLICATION OF SANDERS' REICHENBACHIA WITH WATERMARK (6th set) (1987) Scott #1117a,1115a,1147a,1102a,1161a, SG #1786-90

1986-7 Reichenbachia Orchids Watermarked (6th set) Stamps

1986-7 CENTENARY OF PUBLICATION OF SANDERS' REICHENBACHIA WITH WATERMARK (7th set) (1987) Scott #1144a,1042a,1158a,1113a,1155a,1122a,1070a,1153a, SG #1791-8

1986-7 Reichenbachia Orchids Watermarked (7th set) Stamps

1986-7 CENTENARY OF PUBLICATION OF SANDERS' REICHENBACHIA WITH WATERMARK (8th set) (1987) Scott #1164a,1134a,1151a,1149a,1125a,1040a,1137a,1133a, SG #1799-1806

1986-7 Reichenbachia Orchids Watermarked (8th set) Stamps

1986 ARMS OF GUYANA BOOKLET AND COIL STAMPS Scott UNLISTED, SG #1807-8b

1986 Arms of Guyana Watermarked Stamps

1986 CENTENARY OF PUBLICATION OF SANDERS' REICHENBACHIA (10th issue) Scott #1220,1205,1181,1240,1172,1232,1175,1183,1188,1219,1227, SG #1809-19

1986 Centenary of Publication of Sanders' Reichenbachia Orchids (10th issue) Stamps

1986 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE (2nd issue) Scott #1467-9, SG #1820-21a

1986 Arms of Guyana Stamps Overprinted 1966-1986 for Independence

1986 CENTENARY OF PUBLICATION OF SANDERS' REICHENBACHIA (11th issue) Scott #1154, SG #1822

1986 Centenary of Publication of Sanders' Reichenbachia Orchids (11th issue) Stamps

1986 CENTENARY OF PUBLICATION OF SANDERS' REICHENBACHIA (12th issue) Scott #1145,1184, SG #1868-9

An interesting note on Plate No. 86 (Series 1):
The botanical name ODONTOGLOSSUM is noted in Stanley Gibbons as being misspelled on numerous issues as ONTOGLOSSUM.
There are over 20 different "versions" of this plate number (listed and unlisted)including watermarks, overprints and value changes. Numerous catalog numbers are noted as having this error. THIS particular value is not in the list showing that Stanley Gibbons captures some issues but not all which is the case on many other plate numbers as well.

1986 Centenary of Publication of Sanders' Reichenbachia Orchids (12th issue) Stamps
The 40c Value with Error of Misspelling

1986 Centenary of Publication of Sanders' Reichenbachia Orchids 40c Spelling Error Stamp

1986 CENTENARY OF PUBLICATION OF SANDERS' REICHENBACHIA (13th issue) Scott #1197,1224,1214,1263,1246,1190,1244,1254,1185,1177, SG #1872-81

1986 Centenary of Publication of Sanders' Reichenbachia Orchids (13th issue) Stamps

1986 CENTENARY OF PUBLICATION OF SANDERS' REICHENBACHIA (14th issue) Scott #1112,1043,1169,1210, SG #1884-7

1986 Centenary of Publication of Sanders' Reichenbachia Orchids (14th issue) Stamps
1986 CENTENARY OF PUBLICATION OF SANDERS' REICHENBACHIA (15th issue) Scott #1189, SG #1907

1986 Centenary of Publication of Sanders' Reichenbachia Orchids (15th issue) Stamps

1986 PRESIDENT BURNHAM COMMEMORATION Scott #1505-8, SG #1908-11

1986 President Burnham Commemoration Stamps

1986 CENTENARY OF PUBLICATION OF SANDERS' REICHENBACHIA (16th issue) Scott #1084,1106,1209,1215, SG #1912-15
Scott Catalog does not list 1106 with watermark as SG does in this issue.
Scott Catalog DOES list 1108 as watermarked. Which catalog is in error?

1986 Centenary of Publication of Sanders' Reichenbachia Orchids (16th issue) Stamps

1986 CENTENARY OF PUBLICATION OF SANDERS' REICHENBACHIA (17th issue) Scott #1203,1179,1194,1171,1192,1223,1207,1200,1217, SG #1916-24

1986 Centenary of Publication of Sanders' Reichenbachia Orchids (17th issue) Stamps

1987 CENTENARY OF PUBLICATION OF SANDERS' REICHENBACHIA (18th issue) Scott #1245,1193,1094,1199,1168, SG #1925-9

1987 Centenary of Publication of Sanders' Reichenbachia Orchids (18th issue) Stamps

1987 CENTENARY OF PUBLICATION OF SANDERS' REICHENBACHIA (19th issue) Scott #1239,1212,1310,1305,1314,1316,1258,1278, SG #2066-73

1987 Centenary of Publication of Sanders' Reichenbachia Orchids (19th issue) Stamps

1987 CENTENARY OF PUBLICATION OF SANDERS' REICHENBACHIA (20th issue) Scott #1249,1235,1267,1231,1202,1261A,1256,1167, SG #2171-8

1987 Centenary of Publication of Sanders' Reichenbachia Orchids (20th issue) Stamps

1987 CENTENARY OF PUBLICATION OF SANDERS' REICHENBACHIA (21st issue) Scott #1312,1318,1307, SG #2180-2

1987 Centenary of Publication of Sanders' Reichenbachia Orchids (21st issue) Stamps

1987 ARMS OF GUYANA Scott #1338,1340, SG #2183-4

1987 Arms of Guyana Stamps

1987 "CAPEX" INTERNATIONAL STAMP EXHIBITION, TORONTO Scott #1822, SG #2185-6
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 'CAPEX' International Stamp Exhibition, Toronto Stamps

1987 CENTENARY OF PUBLICATION OF SANDERS' REICHENBACHIA (22nd issue) Scott #1302,1296,1325,1288, SG #2190-3

1987 Centenary of Publication of Sanders' Reichenbachia Orchids (22nd issue) Stamps

1987 GUYANA RAILWAYS Scott #1826-31, SG #2194-2213

1987 Guyana Railways Stamps

1987-8 CENTENARY OF PUBLICATION OF SANDERS' REICHENBACHIA ADDITIONALLY INSCRIBED "EXPRESS" Scott #E7-10, SG #E6-9

1987 Centenary of Publication of Sanders' Reichenbachia Orchids Special Delivery Stamps

1987 CENTENARY OF PUBLICATION OF SANDERS' REICHENBACHIA (23rd issue) Scott #1242,1250,1322, SG #2216-18

1987 Centenary of Publication of Sanders' Reichenbachia Orchids (23rd issue) Stamps

1987-8 CENTENARY OF PUBLICATION OF SANDERS' REICHENBACHIA ADDITIONALLY INSCRIBED "OFFICIAL" Scott #O40-56, SG #O53-69

1987 Centenary of Publication of Sanders' Reichenbachia Orchids Official Stamps

1987 CENTENARY OF PUBLICATION OF SANDERS' REICHENBACHIA (24th issue) Scott #1291A,1291B, SG #2219a,2220

1987 Centenary of Publication of Sanders' Reichenbachia Orchids (24th issue) Stamps

1987 CENTENARY OF PUBLICATION OF SANDERS' REICHENBACHIA (25th issue) Scott #1283,1326,1270, SG #2225-7

1987 Centenary of Publication of Sanders' Reichenbachia Orchids (25th issue) Stamps

1987 CENTENARY OF PUBLICATION OF SANDERS' REICHENBACHIA (26th issue) Scott #1271,1260,1328,1276,1252,1280,1300,1294, SG #2235-42
The 800c and 850c exist with face value omitted.

1987 Centenary of Publication of Sanders' Reichenbachia Orchids (26th issue) Stamps
The 800c and SG#2183 with Face Value Omitted. SG#2183 not listed with this Error!
1987 Reichenbachia Orchids 26th Issue Imperforate Proof of the 800c and SG 2183 with Face Value Omitted
The 850c with Face Value Omitted.
1987 Reichenbachia Orchids 26th Issue Imperforate Proof of the 850c with Face Value Omitted

1988 CENTENARY OF PUBLICATION OF SANDERS' REICHENBACHIA (27th issue) Scott #1333-6, SG #MS2275

1988 Centenary of Publication of Sanders' Reichenbachia Orchids (27th issue) Stamps

1988 CENTENARY OF PUBLICATION OF SANDERS' REICHENBACHIA (28th issue) Scott #1237,1321, SG #2276-7
Both exist with face value omitted.

1988 Centenary of Publication of Sanders' Reichenbachia Orchids (28th issue) Stamps
The $12.00 Value with Face Value Omitted.
1988 Reichenbachia Orchids 28th Issue $12.00 Value with Face Value Omitted

1988 CENTENARY OF PUBLICATION OF SANDERS' REICHENBACHIA (29th issue) Scott #1196,1290,1229,1284,1282, SG #2314-18

1988 Centenary of Publication of Sanders' Reichenbachia Orchids (29th issue) Stamps

1988 CENTENARY OF PUBLICATION OF SANDERS' REICHENBACHIA (30th issue) Scott #1273,1268,1221,1298, SG #2322-5

1988 Centenary of Publication of Sanders' Reichenbachia Orchids (30th issue) Stamps

1988 CENTENARY OF PUBLICATION OF SANDERS' REICHENBACHIA (31st issue) Scott #1291, SG #2328

1988 Centenary of Publication of Sanders' Reichenbachia Orchids (31st issue) Stamps

1988 CENTENARY OF PUBLICATION OF SANDERS' REICHENBACHIA (32nd issue) Scott #1289,1327,1195,1329-32, SG #2329-31,MS2332
Scott Catalog does not list 1289, 1327, 1195 with "1985-1988" inscription which is placed on them in this issue. Also Scott Catalog states the mini sheetlets were issued July 7, 1989 when actually they were issued July 7, 1988.

1988 Centenary of Publication of Sanders' Reichenbachia Orchids (32nd issue) Stamps

1988 CENTENARY OF PUBLICATION OF SANDERS' REICHENBACHIA (33rd issue) Scott #1319,1308,1285,1286, SG #2468-71

1988 Centenary of Publication of Sanders' Reichenbachia Orchids (33rd issue) Stamps

1988 CENTENARY OF PUBLICATION OF SANDERS' REICHENBACHIA (34th issue) Scott #1243,1241,1173,1253,1255,1186,1208,1213,1292,1323,1299,1272,1274,1228, SG #2498-2511

1988 Centenary of Publication of Sanders' Reichenbachia Orchids (34th issue) Stamps

1988 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF ABOLITION OF SLAVERY (1984)
(2nd issue changed colors) Scott #1994-7, SG #2552-5
All values 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.

1988 Abolition of Slavery (changed colors) Stamps

1989 CENTENARY OF PUBLICATION OF SANDERS' REICHENBACHIA (35th issue) Scott #1251,1259,1269,1275, SG #2605-8

1989 Centenary of Publication of Sanders' Reichenbachia Orchids (35th issue) Stamps

1990 BIRDS Scott #2305-31, SG #2762-88
There is some dispute as to whether this set was actually issued or not. The catalogs say they are but the Format International Printing Company was not producing ANY stamps at this time and were under full liquidation. This set was produced in 1988-9 and I believe it is the LAST set ever made by the Format Printers. In a newswire sent in January of 1989 this set was cancelled according to Dr. E. A. Oud Kirik who represented the Guyana Post Office Corporation. There is only one value that I have seen cancelled and that may not be an authentic one. Try to find examples used and you will find none. FDC's are rare and the stamps are placed on a generic first day cover of which many other Guyana unissued stamps have been placed.
This set is found on a panel series called STAMPS OF THE WORLD which was produced by FLEETWOOD in the early 1990's. I believe there was a philatelic deal made to produce these either through the agent or the Guyana Post as it is possible that a quantity was shipped to Guyana at the time.
In the Format Archive Press sheets and panes of this set were found in the UNISSUED section of the archive. Robson Lowe and Kasimir Bileski both state this set was never issued. Because the set exists did the catalogs just throw in the set as issued to save face of their lack of knowledge on this set? More research is needed. Any information to enlighten collectors on this will be appreciated.

A conflict between catalogs

Stanley Gibbons lists this set as being perf 14 x 13.5. Scott Catalog lists it as Perf 14.
I have been informed that Scott catalog rounded 1/4 perfs until the year 2000. The actual perf size for this set is 14x13.75 thus Scott catalog rounded them to perf 14 all around. Because the sizes differ they really should have rounded it down instead of up for all stamps with this problem.
It has been stated through sources that Scott catalogs only resource to validity of postal issues is through the philatelic agents that have them produced. In regards to this set the philatelic agent was IGPC. Sources state that IGPC has not been fully on the up and up in the past with other questionable stamp issues for other countries that were produced through their agency. IGPC is a stamp dealer run agency.

This shows us that both catalogs have little knowledge if any on this set and shows us more evidence that the set may never have been issued but sold for profits to dealers at the time who in turn "said" they were issued because unissued stamps did not sell well at the time. Big name stamp dealers who basically rule stamp societies had and have a lot of influence as to what goes into major stamp catalogs and status of those stamps. The general rule is that if it is not listed....it won't sell. When one or several of these dealers gets stamps like these they are going to do everything in their power to get them listed including bribery and lying about it.

All values as 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.
These were the last stamps printed by the Format International Security Printers Ltd. for Guyana. The company had already went into bankruptcy.

1990 Birds Stamps

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

Acknowledgments:
To Kai Detto (Specialist Collector/Researcher of the Guyana Orchid Issues)

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