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THE FORMAT INTERNATIONAL SECURITY PRINTERS LTD. ARCHIVE

Information and Reference of What was Found in the Archive

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

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Honduras stamps printed by Format International Security Printers Ltd.
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The Format International Security Printers Ltd. did indeed design several stamp issues for Honduras in 1979. These were never issued and aside from the artists proofs and such I do not believe they ever reached the full production stage. What was produced and issued was the 1980 IYC issue and the Rowland Hill Death Centenary stamp issues. Because of political turmoil within Honduras, the sets were issued very late in December 1980. They should have been issued in 1979.

The Format Printers name is not cited in Stanley Gibbons nor are the stamps noted as being litho. Be it by design or error the following three sets are cataloged the same way with no mention of the printers. Solid evidence which proves that Format printed the stamps is imaged for the first two sets. The third set is by logical deduction by the perf size (perf 15) which was used by Format in the first issue shown and not by other printers. The fourth and final set is noted correctly in Stanley Gibbons.

1980 INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF THE CHILD (IYC) (1979)
Scott #C682-7, SG #977-81, MS982
The souvenir sheet exists numbered or with no number. Numbered examples appear to be more plentiful on the market.
1980 International Year of the Child (IYC) (1979) Stamps
SOUVENIR SHEET
1980 International Year of the Child (IYC) (1979) Souvenir Sheet
NUMBERED SOUVENIR SHEET
1980 International Year of the Child (IYC) (1979) Numbered Souvenir Sheet
PROOF THAT FORMAT PRINTED THIS ISSUE
1980 International Year of the Child (IYC) (1979) Proof Stamps on Presentation Cards

1980 DEATH CENTENARY OF SIR ROWLAND HILL (1979)
Scott #C688-94, SG #983-8, MS989
Again the souvenir sheet exists numbered or with no number. Numbered examples appear to be more plentiful on the market.
1980 Death Centenary of Sir Rowland Hill (1979) Stamps

SOUVENIR SHEET
1980 Death Centenary of Sir Rowland Hill (1979) Souvenir Sheet

NUMBERED SOUVENIR SHEET
1980 Death Centenary of Sir Rowland Hill (1979) Numbered Souvenir Sheet

PROOF THAT FORMAT PRINTED THIS ISSUE
1980 Death Centenary of Sir Rowland Hill (1979) Proof Stamp on Presentation Card

1981 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE INTER-AMERICAN WOMEN'S COMMISSION
Scott #C695-8, SG #990-3

1980 50th Anniversary of the Inter-American Women's Commission Stamps

1981 COMMEMORATION OF BERNARDO O'HIGGINS PAINTINGS
Scott #C699-C702, SG #994-7
These were the last stamps printed by the Format International Security Printers Ltd. for Honduras. The company went into bankruptcy in 1988.

1981 Commemoration of Bernardo O'higgins Paintings Stamps

References taken from:
Stanley Gibbons Central America
Scott Catalog
Inventory list for the Format Archive by Robson Lowe

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