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THE FORMAT INTERNATIONAL SECURITY PRINTERS LTD. ARCHIVE

Information and Reference of What was Found in the Archive

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

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

1972 CHRISTMAS Scott #282-5, SG #303-6

1972 Christmas Stamps

1973 480TH ANNIVERSARY OF COLUMBUS DISCOVERY OF MONTSERRAT Scott #292-5,295a, SG #313-6,MS317

1973 480th Anniversary of Columbus Discovery of Montserrat Stamps
1973 480th Anniversary of Columbus Discovery of Montserrat Souvenir Sheet

1976 CHRISTMAS Scott #355-8,358a, SG #386-9,MS390

1976 Christmas Stamps
1976 Christmas Souvenir Sheet

1981 MONTSERRAT NATIONAL TRUST Scott #461-4, SG #506-9

1981 Montserrat National Trust Stamps

1982 350TH ANNIVERSARY OF SETTLEMENT OF MONTSERRAT BY SIR THOMAS WARNER Scott #483A-483J, SG #532-41

1982 350th Anniversary of Settlement of Montserrat Stamps

1982 21ST BIRTHDAY OF PRINCESS DIANA Scott #484-6, SG #542-4
A number of these issues overprinted SPECIMEN, perforated, imperforated proofs, and errors 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 fakes of this issue appearing first in 2014 are on the market. They do not have the correct perf size!
Inverted frame errors perforated and imperforate are forgeries! Visit the linked page to define all of them and what to avoid.

The Newly Discovered 21st Birthday of Princess Diana Invert Frame Error Forgeries.View my Page on how to Define the Newly Discovered 21st Birthday of Princess Diana Invert Frame Error Forgeries here.
1982 21st Birthday of Princess Diana Stamps

1982 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BOY SCOUTS MOVEMENT Scott #487-8, SG #545-6
A number of these issues perforated, imperforated proofs, and errors 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 75th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts Movement Stamps

1983 HUMMINGBIRDS Scott #497-500, SG #571-4

1983 Hummingbirds Stamps

1983 BICENTENARY OF MANNED FLIGHT Scott #503-6,506a, SG #586-9,MS590

1983 Bicentenary of Manned Flight Stamps
1983 Bicentenary of Manned Flight Souvenir Sheet

1983 21ST BIRTHDAY OF PRINCESS DIANA OFFICIALS OVERPRINTED O.H.M.S. Scott #O62-4, SG #O59-61

1983 21st Birthday of Princess Diana Official Stamps

1983 CHRISTMAS, CARNIVAL Scott #516-19, SG #591-4

1983 Christmas, Carnival Stamps

1983 BICENTENARY OF MANNED FLIGHT REPRINTS ON FDC
Re-issued set of 4 stamps overprinted "INAUGURAL FLIGHT Montserrat-Nevis-St. Kitts"

1983 Bicentenary of Manned Flight Reprints on First Day Cover
1984 MAIL PACKET BOATS (2nd Series) Scott #539-42,542a, SG #615-18,MS619

1984 Mail Packet Boats Stamps
1984 Mail Packet Boats Souvenir Sheet

1985 NATIONAL EMBLEMS Scott #551-3, SG #628-30

1985 National Emblems Stamps

1985 ORCHIDS OF MONTSERRAT Scott #554-7,557a, SG #631-4,MS635
A number of these issues perforated, imperforated proofs, and errors 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 Orchids of Montserrat Stamps
1985 Orchids of Montserrat Souvenir Sheet

1985 LEADERS OF THE WORLD LIFE AND TIMES OF QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER Scott #558-64, SG #636-43,MS644
The "Leaders of the World" logo was not placed on this set.
This issue exists in a set of unissued miniature sheets found in the archive.
Stanley Gibbons states that an unissued 15c value miniature sheet was also produced and found in the archive.
None were found of this value and none are being sold on the market.
New information has been discovered.

View the SPECIALIZED Montserrat 1985 85th Birthday Omnibus Series Page here.View the SPECIALIZED Montserrat 1985 85th Birthday Omnibus Series Page here.
Dangerous modern fakes of this issue appearing first in 2014 are on the market. They have the correct perf size!
Visit the linked page to define all of them and what to avoid.

The Newly Discovered 85th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth souvenir Sheet Forgeries.View my Page on how to Define the Newly Discovered 85th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth Souvenir Sheet Forgeries here.
1985 Life and Times of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Stamps
1985 Life and Times of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother $2.00 Glamis Castle Souvenir Sheet
RESTRICTED PRINTING (5000 estimated to exist)
1985 Life and Times of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother $3.50 Restricted Printing Souvenir Sheet
RESTRICTED PRINTING (5000 estimated to exist)
1985 Life and Times of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother $6.00 Restricted Printing Souvenir Sheet
UNISSUED DESIGNS (5000 sets estimated to exist)
1985 Life and Times of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Unissued Souvenir Sheet Set

1985 MONTSERRAT SEA ISLAND COTTON INDUSTRY Scott #569-72,572a, SG #645-8,MS649
A number of these issues perforated, imperforated proofs, and errors 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 Montserrat Sea Island Cotton Industry Stamps
1985 Montserrat Sea Island Cotton Industry Souvenir Sheet

1985 ROYAL VISIT, VARIOUS ISSUES OVERPRINTED "CARIBBEAN ROYAL VISIT 1985" Scott #573-9, SG #650-6

1985 Caribbean Royal Visit Overprint Stamps

1985 LEADERS OF THE WORLD BIRTH BICENTENARY OF JOHN J. AUDUBON (ORNITHOLOGIST) Scott #580-3, SG #657-64
A number of these issues perforated, imperforated proofs, and errors 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.

Reprints of this issue were created in 1991 that have different perforations.
Dangerous modern fakes of this issue including inverted frame errors appearing first in 2014 are on the market. They have the correct perf size!
Visit the linked page to define all of them and what to avoid.

The Newly Discovered Audubon Birds Reprints and Forgeries.View my Page on how to Define the Newly Discovered Audubon Birds Reprints and Forgeries here.
1985 Birth Bicentenary of John J. Audubon Stamps

1985 CHRISTMAS Scott #588-91, SG #665-8
A number of these issues perforated, imperforated proofs, and errors 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 Christmas Stamps

1986 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF MONTSERRAT GIRL GUIDE MOVEMENT Scott #592-5, SG #669-76

1986 50th Anniversary of Montserrat Girl Guide Movement Stamps

1986 60TH BIRTHDAY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II Scott #600-4, SG #677-80,MS681
This issue exists in a set of unissued miniature sheets.
A lot of new information has been discovered.

View the SPECIALIZED Montserrat 1986 60th Birthday Omnibus Series Page here.View the SPECIALIZED Montserrat 1986 60th Birthday Omnibus Series Page here.
UPDATE

I have discovered recently created (2014) forgeries of this issue! Fake inverts and imperforate souvenir sheets are on the market!
Don't get ripped off! View this page to define and avoid them.

1986 Montserrat 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth Fake StampsView the FAKE Montserrat 1986 60th Birthday Stamps here.

1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II Stamps
1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II Souvenir Sheet
UNISSUED DESIGNS (5000 estimated to exist)
1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II Unissued Souvenir Sheet Set

1986 APPEARANCE OF HALLEY'S COMET Scott #605-14, SG #682-9,MS690

1986 Appearance of Halley's Comet Stamps
1986 Appearance of Halley's Comet grayish Souvenir Sheet
1986 Appearance of Halley's Comet purplish Souvenir Sheet

1986 ROYAL WEDDING OF SARAH FERGUSON AND PRINCE ANDREW (1st issue) Scott #615-17, SG #691-4,MS695

View the SPECIALIZED Montserrat 1986 Royal Wedding Omnibus Series Page here.View the SPECIALIZED Montserrat 1986 Royal Wedding Omnibus Series Page here.
UPDATE

I have discovered recently created (2015) forgeries of this issue! Fake perforated sets are on the market!
Don't get ripped off! View this page to define and avoid them.

1986 Montserrat Royal Wedding Forgery StampsView the Montserrat 1986 Royal Wedding Forgery Stamps here.

1986 Royal Wedding of Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew Stamps
1986 Royal Wedding of Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew Souvenir Sheet

1986 UNISSUED WORLD CUP SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP SET
Scott Catalog notes the existence, Stanley Gibbons notes the existence
Only 182 sets of eight found in the archive according to Robson Lowe!
Here is a link to a .pdf file from my Bileski documents files.

The Bileski Write-up on what was found in the Archive

1986 Unissued World Cup Soccer Championship Stamps

1986 ROYAL WEDDING OF SARAH FERGUSON AND PRINCE ANDREW (2nd issue)
OVERPRINTED "Congratulations to T.R.H. THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF YORK" Scott #628-9, SG #705-8

View the SPECIALIZED Montserrat 1986 Royal Wedding Omnibus Series Page here.View the SPECIALIZED Montserrat 1986 Royal Wedding Omnibus Series Page here.
1986 Royal Wedding of Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew Overprinted Stamps

1986 CENTENARY OF THE STATUE OF LIBERTY Scott #636-8, SG #MS709
A number of these issues perforated, imperforated proofs, and errors 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 fakes of this issue appearing first in 2014 are on the market. They have the correct perf size!
Visit the linked page to define all of them and what to avoid.

The Newly Discovered Centenary of the Statue of Liberty souvenir Sheet Forgeries.View my Page on how to Define the Newly Discovered Centenary of the Statue of Liberty Souvenir Sheet Forgeries here.
1986 Centenary of the Statue of Liberty Souvenir Sheet Set

1986 TOURISM Scott #639-42, SG #710-13
A number of some of these issues perforated, imperforated proofs, and errors 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 Tourism Stamps

1987 CAPEX INTERNATIONAL STAMP EXHIBITION, TORONTO
The 1986 Appearance of Halley's Comet Souvenir Sheets overprinted "CAPEX 87" Scott #656-7, SG #MS729
A number of these issues perforated, imperforated proofs, and errors 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 the Montserrat. The company soon after went into bankruptcy.

1987 Grayish Halley's Comet Souvenir Sheet Overprinted CAPEX 87
1987 Purplish Halley's Comet Souvenir Sheet Overprinted CAPEX 87

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

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