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THE FORMAT INTERNATIONAL SECURITY PRINTERS LTD. ARCHIVE

Information and Reference of What was Found in the Archive

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

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

Formerly Basutoland.

1973 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WORLD FOOD PROGRAM
Scott #136-9, SG #235-8

1973 10th Anniversary of the World Food Program Stamps

1976 VARIOUS PLACES AND PRODUCTS OF LESOTHO Scott #199-208, SG #300-9
The 4c and 5c values exist with watermark reversed.

1976 Various Places and Products of Lesotho Stamps

1979 DEATH CENTENARY OF SIR ROWLAND HILL Scott #274-7, SG #375-7,MS378
The souvenir sheet 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 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.

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

1980 OLYMPIC GAMES, MOSCOW Scott #291a(291-5),296, SG #392a(392-6),MS397
Printed in horizontal strips of five throughout the sheet.
A further series for the Moscow Olympics, printed by Walsall, showing 4s, Javelin, 10s, Sprinting, 15s, Marathon and 25s, Football, was prepared, but not issued.

1980 Olympic Games, Moscow Stamps
HORIZONTAL STRIP OF 5
1980 Olympic Games, Moscow Stamp Strip
1980 Olympic Games, Moscow Souvenir Sheet

1980 POTTERY Scott #301, SG #MS422
The souvenir sheet 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 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.

1980 Pottery Souvenir Sheet

1980 80TH BIRTHDAY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER
Scott #313, SG #423-5
Printed in sheetlets of nine.
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.

1980 80th Birthday of The Queen Mother Se-tenant Stamps
SHEETLET OF 9
1980 80th Birthday of The Queen Mother Sheetlet

1980 CHRISTMAS Scott #317-18, SG #429,MS430
Harrison Printing printed the low values of the set.
The souvenir sheet 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 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.

1980 Christmas 75s Stamp
1980 Christmas Souvenir Sheet

1981 SPACE EXPLORATION Scott #319-20, SG #431-5,MS436
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.

1981 Space Exploration Stamp Strip
1981 Space Exploration Souvenir Sheet

1981 BIRDS (PERF 14.5) Scott #321-34, SG #437-50
A number of these issues perforated, imperforate proofs including progressive color 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.

1981 Birds (perf 14.5) Stamps

1981 BIRDS (PERF 13) Scott #321a-27a, SG #437a-443a
A number of these issues perforated, imperforate proofs including progressive color 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.

1981 Birds (perf 13) Stamps

1981 BIRDS BOOKLET Scott #unlisted, SG #SB1
A number of this issue perforated, imperforate proofs including progressive color 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.

1981 Birds Booklet

1981 ROYAL WEDDING Scott #335-337A, SG #451-3,MS454
A number of these issues as perforated, imperforate proofs including progressive color 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.

1981 Royal Wedding Stamps
1981 Royal Wedding Souvenir Sheet

1981 ROYAL WEDDING BOOKLET Scott #335a,336a,337b-c, SG #SB2
A number of this issue as perforated, imperforate proofs including progressive color 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.

1981 Royal Wedding Booklet

1981 CHRISTMAS, PAINTINGS BY NORMAN ROCKWELL
Scott #344-50, SG #455-60,MS461
A number of these issues perforated, imperforate proofs including progressive color 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.

1981 Christmas, Paintings by Norman Rockwell Stamps
1981 Christmas, Painting by Botticelli Souvenir Sheet

1981 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH'S AWARDS
Scott #338-43, SG #462-6,MS467
A number of these issues perforated, imperforate proofs including progressive color 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.

1981 25th Anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh's Awards Stamps
1981 25th Anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh's Awards Souvenir Sheet

1981-3 WORLD RARITIES GOLD FOIL EMBOSSED
Scott #unlisted, SG #listed but no numbers
1981-3 World Rarities Gold Foil Embossed Stamps

1982 WILDLIFE Scott #351-6, SG #468-72,MS473
Issued in sheetlets of 12 plus four labels.
All issues as perforated, imperforate proofs came onto the market after the liquidation of the Format International Security Printers Ltd. in 1988. The souvenir sheet exists as progressive color proofs also. 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.

1982 Wildlife Stamps
SHEETLETS of 12 PLUS LABELS
1982 Wildlife Sheetlets
1982 Wildlife Souvenir Sheet

1982 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BOY SCOUTS MOVEMENT
Scott #357-62, SG #474-8,MS479
Issued in sheetlets of eight plus four se-tenant continuous design labels.
A number of these issues as perforated, imperforate proofs including progressive color 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.

1982 Boy Scouts Movement Stamps
SHEETLETS OF 8 PLUS 4 LABELS
1982 Boy Scouts Movement Sheetlets
1982 Boy Scouts Movement Souvenir Sheet

1982 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BOY SCOUTS MOVEMENT BOOKLET
Scott #361a, SG #SB3
A number of this issue as perforated, imperforate proofs including progressive color proofs of the cover 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.

1982 Boy Scouts Movement Booklet

1982 WORLD CUP SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP, SPAIN
Scott #363-4, SG #480-91,MS492
Issued in sheetlet of 12.
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 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.

1982 World Cup Soccer Championship, Spain Stamps
1982 World Cup Soccer Championship, Spain Souvenir Sheet

1982 WORLD CUP SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP, SPAIN BOOKLET
Scott #unlisted, SG #SB4
A number of this issue as perforated, imperforate proofs including progressive color proofs of the cover 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.

1982 World Cup Soccer Championship, Spain Booklet

1982 BIRTH BICENTENARY OF GEORGE WASHINGTON
Scott #365-71, SG #493-8,MS499
A number of this issue 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 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.


1982 Birth Bicentenary of George Washington Stamps
1982 Birth Bicentenary of George Washington Souvenir Sheet

1982 BIRDS (1981 series watermarked) Scott #321b-334a, SG #500-13
A number of these issues perforated, imperforate proofs including progressive color 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.

1982 Birds Stamps

1982 BIRDS BOOKLET (1981 series watermarked) Scott #unlisted, SG #SB5
Image will be updated when I can find this one.

1982 Birds Booklet

1982 21ST BIRTHDAY OF DIANA, PRINCESS OF WALES Scott #372-5, SG #514-17
A number of these issues perforated, imperforate proofs including progressive color 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.

1982 21st Birthday of Princess Diana Stamps

1982 CENTENARY OF THE SESOTHO BIBLE Scott #376-8, SG #518-20
Issued se-tenant in horizontal strips of 3.
Printed in Sheetlets of nine.
A number of these issues perforated, imperforate proofs including progressive color 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.

1982 Centenary of the Sesotho Bible Stamps
SHEETLET OF 9
1982 Centenary of the Sesotho Bible Sheetlet

1982 CHRISTMAS, DISNEY "The Twelve Days of Christmas"
Scott #381-9, SG #523-30,MS531
Printed in horizontal se-tenant pairs.
A number of these issues perforated, imperforate proofs including progressive color 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.

1982 Christmas, Disney Stamps
1982 Christmas, Disney Souvenir Sheet

1983 FUNGI Scott #390-3, SG #532-5
Printed in tete-beche sheets of 36 plus 4 labels.
A number of these issues as perforated, imperforate proofs including progressive color 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 Fungi Stamps

1983 FUNGI BOOKLET Scott #391a,393a, SG #SB6
A number of this issue as perforated, imperforate proofs including progressive color 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 Fungi Booklet

1983 COMMONWEALTH DAY Scott #394-7, SG #536-9
A number of these issues as perforated, imperforate proofs including progressive color 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 Commonwealth Day Stamps

1983 ROCK PAINTINGS Scott #398-402, SG #540-3,MS544
A number of these issues as perforated, imperforate proofs including progressive color 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 Rock Paintings Stamps
1983 Rock Paintings Souvenir Sheet

1983 BICENTENARY OF MANNED FLIGHT Scott #403-7, SG #545-8,MS549
A number of these issues as perforated, imperforate proofs including progressive color 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 Bicentenary of Manned Flight Stamps
1983 Bicentenary of Manned Flight Souvenir Sheet

1983 BICENTENARY OF MANNED FLIGHT BOOKLET Scott #unlisted, SG #SB7
A number of this issue 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 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 Bicentenary of Manned Flight Booklet

1984 BUTTERFLIES Scott #421-36, SG #563-78
A number of these issues perforated, imperforate proofs including progressive color 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 Butterflies Stamps

1984 EASTER, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS Scott #437-8, SG #579-88,MS589
Printed in sheetlets of 12 plus 2 labels
A number of these issues perforated, imperforate proofs including progressive color 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 Easter Sheetlet
1984 Easter Souvenir Sheet

1984 SUMMER OLYMPICS, LOS ANGELES Scott #439-44, SG #590-4,MS595
A number of these issues as perforated, imperforate proofs including progressive color 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 Summer Olympics, Los Angeles Stamps
1984 Summer Olympics, Los Angeles Souvenir Sheet

1984 PREHISTORIC FOOTPRINTS (2nd series) Scott #445-7, SG #596-8
A number of these issues as perforated, imperforate proofs including progressive color 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 Prehistoric Footprints (2nd series) Stamps

1984 MAIL COACH BICENTENARY AND AUSIPEX Scott #448-52, SG #599-603,MS604
Issued in sheetlets of 4 plus the 50c logo stamp..
Also printed in panes of 50. The 50c logo stamp was only printed in the sheetlets.
A number of these issues as perforated, imperforate proofs including progressive color 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 Mail Coach Bicentenary and AUSIPEX Stamps
THE SHEETLETS OF 4 plus Logo Stamp
1984 Mail Coach Bicentenary and AUSIPEX Sheetlets
1984 Mail Coach Bicentenary and AUSIPEX Souvenir Sheet

1984 RAILWAYS OF THE WORLD Scott #453-8, SG #605-9,MS610
A number of these issues as perforated, imperforate proofs including progressive color proofs and also error varieties 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.

Dangerous modern forgeries of this issue appearing first in 2014 are on the market!
Imperforate souvenir sheets are forgeries! Visit the linked page to define them and what to avoid.

The Newly Discovered Railways of the World Imperforate Stamp Forgeries.View my Page on how to Define the Newly Discovered Railways of the World Imperforate Stamp Forgeries here.
1984 Railways of the World Stamps
1984 Railways of the World Souvenir Sheet

1984 BABY ANIMALS Scott #459-63, SG #611-15
A number of these issues as perforated, imperforate proofs including progressive color 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 Baby Animals Stamps

1985 SILVER JUBILEE OF KING MOSHOESHOE II Scott #464-7, SG #616-19

1985 Silver Jubilee of King Moshoeshoe Stamps

1985 EASTER, THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS Scott #468-9, SG #620-33,MS634
Issued se-tenant in sheetlets of fourteen stamps and one stamp-size label.

1985 Easter Sheetlet
1985 Easter Souvenir Sheet

1985 LIFE AND TIMES OF QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER
Scott #470-4, SG #635-8,MS639
Issued in sheetlets of twelve plus four labels.
The souvenir sheet 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 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 Life and Times of Queen Mother Stamps
SHEETLETS OF 12 PLUS LABELS
1985 Life and Times of Queen Mother Sheetlets
1985 Life and Times of Queen Mother Souvenir Sheet

1985 CENTURY OF MOTORING Scott #475-80, SG #640-4,MS645
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 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 Century of Motoring Stamps
1985 Century of Motoring Souvenir Sheet

1985 BIRTH BICENTENARY OF JOHN J. AUDUBON (ornithologist)
Scott #481-6, SG #646-51
Reissued in 1986 in sheetlets of five stamps plus label.

1985 Birth Bicentenary of John J. Audubon Stamps
THE SHEETLETS OF 5 PLUS LABEL
1985 Birth Bicentenary of John J. Audubon Sheetlets

1985 INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR AND 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GIRL GUIDE MOVEMENT
Scott #487-91, SG #652-5,MS656
The souvenir sheet 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 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 International Youth Year and Girl Guide Movement Stamps
1985 International Youth Year and Girl Guide Movement Souvenir Sheet

1985 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE UNITED NATIONS Scott #492-5, SG #657-60

1985 40th Anniversary of the United Nations Stamps

1985 WILD FLOWERS Scott #496-501, SG #661-6

1985 Wild Flowers Stamps

1985 DISNEY BIRTH BICENTENARY OF THE GRIMM BROTHERS
Scott #503,505-6,508,511, SG #672-5,MS676
The 60c value was printed in sheetlets of eight stamps

1985 Disney Birth Bicentenary of the Grimm Brothers Stamps
60c SHEETLET
1985 Disney Birth Bicentenary of the Grimm Brothers 60s Sheetlet
1985 Disney Birth Bicentenary of the Grimm Brothers Souvenir Sheet

1986 FLORA AND FAUNA OF LESOTHO Scott #512-20, SG #677-84,MS685

1986 Flora and Fauna of Lesotho Stamps
1986 Flora and Fauna of Lesotho Souvenir Sheet

1986 POSTAGE DUES Scott #J9-11, SG #D19-21
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 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 Postage Due Stamps

1986 FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF NEW CURRENCY (1980) Scott #unlisted, SG #696-700
Printed se-tenant in horizontal strips of five
This set was prepared in 1980, but not issued at that time. Due to increased postal rates a severe shortage of 30s stamps occured in 1986 and thus this set was sold for postal purposes from mid-April to early August.

1986 First Anniversary of New Currency (1980) Stamp Strip of 5

1986 "AMERIPEX" INTERNATIONAL STAMP EXHIBITION, CHICAGO, DISNEY CHARACTERS
Scott #540-4, SG #710-13,MS714

1986 AMERIPEX International Stamp Exhibition Stamps
1986 AMERIPEX International Stamp Exhibition Souvenir Sheet

1986 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE Scott #549-53, SG #740-3,MS744

1986 20th Anniversary of Independence Stamps
1986 20th Anniversary of Independence Souvenir Sheet

1986 CHRISTMAS, DISNEY CHARACTERS Scott #554-8, SG #745-8,MS749

1986 Christmas, Disney Characters Stamps
1986 Christmas, Disney Characters Souvenir Sheet

1987 INVENTORS AND INNOVATORS Scott #578-82, SG #761-4,MS765

1987 Inventors and Innovators Stamps
1987 Inventors and Innovators Souvenir Sheet

1987 FLORA AND FAUNA Scott #583-92, SG #766-73,MS774

1987 Flora and Fauna Stamps
1987 Flora and Fauna 2m Souvenir Sheet
1987 Flora and Fauna 4m Souvenir Sheet

1988 BIRDS Scott #618-32, SG #791-805
A number of these issues as perforated, imperforate proofs and error varieties 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 Lesotho. The company soon after went into bankruptcy.

1988 Birds Stamps
References taken from:
Stanley Gibbons Southern Africa
Scott Catalog
Inventory list for the Format Archive by Robson Lowe
Internet research

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