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THE FORMAT INTERNATIONAL SECURITY PRINTERS LTD. ARCHIVE

Information and Reference of What was Found in the Archive

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

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

1973 GOWNS BY FAMOUS DESIGNERS, COUTURIERS
Scott #909-11, C839-44, C844a, SG #1875-83, MS1884
The souvenir sheet was produced with the full set in slightly different colors and with three labels.

1973 Gowns of Famous Designers, Couturiers Stamps

SOUVENIR SHEET
1973 Gowns of Famous Designers, Couturiers Souvenir Sheet

1973 CHILD WELFARE AND CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL, MANAGUA
Scott #C845, CB1-11, SG #1885-96

1973 Child Welfare and Children's Hospital, Managua Stamps

1973 CHRISTMAS "DOES SANTA CLAUS EXIST?"
Scott #912-17, C846-8, C848a SG #1897-1905

1973 Christmas Stamps

SOUVENIR SHEET
1973 Christmas Souvenir Sheet

1974 BIRTH CENTENARY OF SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL
Scott #918-22, C849-52, SG #1907-13, MS1914

1974 Birth Centenary of Sir Winston Churchill Stamps

SOUVENIR SHEETS

Churchill and 10 Downing Street
1974 Birth Centenary of Sir Winston Churchill 10 Downing Street Souvenir Sheet

Churchill and Houses of Parliament
1974 Birth Centenary of Sir Winston Churchill Houses of Parliament Souvenir Sheet

1974 WORLD CUP FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Scott #923-31, C853, C853A-B, SG #1915-24, MS1925

1974 World Cup Football (soccer) Championship Stamps

SOUVENIR SHEETS

1974 World Cup Football (soccer) Championship Green Souvenir Sheet

1974 World Cup Football (soccer) Championship Red Souvenir Sheet

1974 CENTENARY OF THE UNIVERSAL POSTAL UNION
Scott #939-44, C855A-D, SG #1935-43, MS1944

Noting Stanley Gibbons does not note who printed this set. Indeed it was Format.

1974 Centenary of the Universal Postal Union Stamps

SOUVENIR SHEETS

Noting that neither Scott Catalog nor Stanley Gibbons make note that there are two different souvenir sheets. One is imperforate and the other has simulated perforations.

Imperforate
1974 Centenary of the Universal Postal Union Imperforate Souvenir Sheet

Imperforate with Simulated Perforations
1974 Centenary of the Universal Postal Union Imperforate Souvenir Sheet with Simulated Perforations

PROOF THAT THE FORMAT PRINTERS PRODUCED THIS ISSUE
1974 Centenary of the Universal Postal Union Full Sheet Proving Format Produced this Stamp Issue

1974 WILD ANIMALS
Scott #946-53, C857-8, SG #1947-56

Again I note that Stanley Gibbons does not note who printed this set. Indeed, again it was Format.

1974 Wild Animals Stamps

PROOF THAT THE FORMAT PRINTERS PRODUCED THIS ISSUE
1974 Wild Animals Proof Presentation Folders showing that Format Produced this Stamp Issue

1974 CHRISTMAS AND 500TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF MICHELANGELO
Scott #954-61, C859-62, Souvenir Sheet Noted, SG #1957-68, MS1969

Again I note that Stanley Gibbons does not note who printed this set. Indeed, again it was Format.

1974 Christmas and 500th Birth Anniversary of Michelangelo Stamps

SOUVENIR SHEET

Imperforate with Simulated Perforations
1974 Christmas and 500th Birth Anniversary of Michelangelo Souvenir Sheet

PROOF THAT THE FORMAT PRINTERS PRODUCED THIS ISSUE
1974 Christmas and 500th Birth Anniversary of Michelangelo Full Sheet Proving Format Produced this Stamp Issue

1975 EASTER STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Scott #969-77, C871-5, SG #1986-99

1975 Easter Stations of the Cross Stamps

1975 BICENTENARY OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION (1st issue)
Scott #978-88, C876-9, Souvenir Sheets Noted, SG #2000-2014, MS2015

1975 Bicentenary of the American Revolution (1st issue) Stamps

SOUVENIR SHEETS
Noting the souvenir sheets have the same stamp but with different inscriptions on them.

Perforated
1975 Bicentenary of the American Revolution (1st issue) Perforated Souvenir Sheet

Imperforate
1975 Bicentenary of the American Revolution (1st issue) Imperforate Souvenir Sheet

1975 "NORDJAMB 75" WORLD SCOUT JAMBOREE, NORWAY
Scott #989-94, C880-3, Souvenir Sheets Noted, SG #2016-2025, MS2026

1975 NORDJAMB 75 World Scout Jamboree Stamps

SOUVENIR SHEETS
Perforated
1975 NORDJAMB 75 World Scout Jamboree Perforated Souvenir Sheet

Imperforate
1975 NORDJAMB 75 World Scout Jamboree Imperforate Souvenir Sheet

1975 CHRISTMAS, FAMOUS CHOIRS
Scott #997-1003, C887-90, Souvenir Sheet Noted, SG #2044-2054, MS2055

1975 Christmas, Famous Choirs Stamps

SOUVENIR SHEETS
Imperforate
1975 Christmas, Famous Choirs Imperforate Souvenir Sheet

1976 HISTORY OF CHESS
Scott #1004-11, C891-3, Souvenir Sheets Noted, SG #2032-2042, MS2043

Noting Stanley Gibbons dates this set issued October 15, 1975 whereas Scott Catalog dates this set issued January 8, 1976.
According to FDC's out there...Scott catalog is correct.

1976 History of Chess Stamps

SOUVENIR SHEETS
Perforated
1976 History of Chess Perforated Souvenir Sheet

Imperforate
1976 History of Chess Imperforate Souvenir Sheet

1976 BICENTENARY OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION (2nd issue)
Scott #1028-37, C907-12, Souvenir Sheet Noted, SG #2056-71, MS2072

Noting Stanley Gibbons dates this set issued April 15, 1976 whereas Scott Catalog dates this set issued May 25, 1976.
According to FDC's out there...Scott catalog is correct.

1976 Bicentenary of the American Revolution (2nd issue) Stamps

SOUVENIR SHEET
1976 Bicentenary of the American Revolution (2nd issue) Perforated Souvenir Sheet

1976 OLYMPIC GAMES, GOLD MEDAL WINNERS IN ROWING AND SCULLING
Scott #1022-7, C902-6, SG #2073-82, MS2083

Again I note that Stanley Gibbons does not note who printed this set. Indeed, again it was Format.

Noting Stanley Gibbons dates this set issued in July whereas Scott Catalog dates this set issued September 7, 1976.
According to FDC's out there...Scott catalog is correct.
Neither catalog notes the imperforate souvenir sheet.

1976 Olympic Games, Gold Medal Winners in Rowing and Sculling Stamps

SOUVENIR SHEETS
Perforated
1976 Olympic Games, Gold Medal Winners in Rowing and Sculling Perforated Souvenir Sheet

Imperforate
1976 Olympic Games, Gold Medal Winners in Rowing and Sculling Imperforate Souvenir Sheet

PROOF THAT THE FORMAT PRINTERS PRODUCED THIS ISSUE
1976 Olympic Games, Gold Medal Winners Stamps with Format Logo Proving Format Produced this Stamp Issue

1976 OLYMPIC GAMES OVERPRINTED CELEBRATING EAST GERMAN VICTORY IN THE ROWING EVENT
Scott Catalog notes these, SG #2084, MS2085

Neither catalog notes the imperforate souvenir sheet.

1976 Olympic Games Overprinted Celebrating East German Victory in the Rowing Event Stamp

SOUVENIR SHEETS
Perforated
1976 Olympic Games Overprinted Celebrating East German Victory in the Rowing Event Perforated Souvenir Sheet

Imperforate
1976 Olympic Games Overprinted Celebrating East German Victory in the Rowing Event Imperforate Souvenir Sheet

1977 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST ZEPPELIN FLIGHT
Scott #1045-9, C921-5 SG #2104-12, MS2113

Scott catalog does not note the imperforate souvenir sheet.

1977 75th Anniversary of the First Zeppelin Flight Stamp

SOUVENIR SHEETS
Perforated
1977 75th Anniversary of the First Zeppelin Flight Perforated Souvenir Sheet

Imperforate
1977 75th Anniversary of the First Zeppelin Flight Imperforate Souvenir Sheet

1977 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF LINDBERGH'S TRANSATLANTIC FLIGHT
Scott #1050-5, C926-30, SG #2114-23, MS2124

Again I note that Stanley Gibbons does not note who printed this set. Indeed, again it was Format.

Neither catalog notes the imperforate souvenir sheet.

1977 50th Anniversary of Lindbergh's Transatlantic Flight Stamps

SOUVENIR SHEETS
Perforated
1977 50th Anniversary of Lindbergh's Transatlantic Flight Perforated Souvenir Sheet

Imperforate
1977 50th Anniversary of Lindbergh's Transatlantic Flight Imperforate Souvenir Sheet

PROOF THAT THE FORMAT PRINTERS PRODUCED THIS ISSUE
1977 50th Anniversary of Lindbergh's Transatlantic Flight Stamp Pane with Format Logo Proving Format Produced this Stamp Issue

1977 CHRISTMAS, SCENES FROM THE "NUTCRACKER" SUITE
Scott #1056-65, C931, SG #2125-34, MS2135

Again I note that Stanley Gibbons does not note who printed this set. Indeed, again it was Format.

1977 Christmas, Scenes From the 'Nutcracker' Suite Stamps

SOUVENIR SHEET
1977 Christmas, Scenes From the 'Nutcracker' Suite Souvenir Sheet

PROOF THAT THE FORMAT PRINTERS PRODUCED THIS ISSUE
1977 Christmas Stamp Pane with Format Logo Proving Format Produced this Stamp Issue

1977 PAINTINGS
Scott #1066-71, C932-4, SG #2136-43, MS2144

1977 Paintings Stamps

SOUVENIR SHEET
1977 Paintings Souvenir Sheet

1978 750TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CANONIZATION OF SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI
Scott #1072-8, C935-7, SG #2145-53, MS2154

1978 750th Anniversary of the Canonization of Saint Francis of Assisi Stamps

SOUVENIR SHEET
1978 750th Anniversary of the Canonization of Saint Francis of Assisi Souvenir Sheet

1978 CENTENARY OF NICARAGUAN RAILROADS
Scott #1079-84, C938-41, SG #2155-63, MS2164

1978 Centenary of Nicaraguan Railroads Stamps

SOUVENIR SHEET
1978 Centenary of Nicaraguan Railroads Souvenir Sheet

1978 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF JULES VERNE
Scott #1085-8, C942-4, SG #2165-70, MS2171

1978 150th Anniversary of the Birth of Jules Verne Stamps

SOUVENIR SHEET
1978 150th Anniversary of the Birth of Jules Verne Souvenir Sheet

1978 HISTORY OF AVIATION, 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST POWERED FLIGHT
Scott #1089-92, C945-7, SG #2172-7, MS2178

These were the last unoverprinted stamps printed by the Format International Security Printers Ltd. for Nicaragua. The country soon after went into political turmoil.

1978 History of Aviation, 75th Anniversary of the First Powered Flight Stamps

SOUVENIR SHEET
1978 History of Aviation, 75th Anniversary of the First Powered Flight Souvenir Sheet

The following two sets were produced but never issued without overprints on them. A surplus of unoverprinted stamps was discovered in the archive during the liquidation of the company.

1979 UNISSUED DEATH CENTENARY OF SIR ROWLAND HILL
Scott unlisted, SG not mentioned

This set without overprints exists in an unknown quantity. At one time it was considered quite rare. Due to the availability of this set without overprints on the market from known holders of the material I estimate at least 3-5,000 sets exist.

The set was overprinted in 1980 with various overprints by the Litografia Nacional Printers who also made the souvenir sheets. These sets are listed in Stanley Gibbons. They are not in Scott Catalog.

1979 Unissued Death Centenary of Sir Rowland Hill Stamps

1979 UNISSUED BIRTH CENTENARY OF ALBERT EINSTEIN
Scott unlisted, SG not mentioned

This set without overprints also exists in an unknown quantity. At one time it was considered quite rare. Due to the availability of this set without overprints on the market from known holders of the material I estimate at least 3-5,000 sets exist.

The set was overprinted in 1980 with various overprints by the Litografia Nacional Printers who also made the souvenir sheets. These sets are listed in Stanley Gibbons. They are not in Scott Catalog.

1979 Unissued Birth Centenary of Albert Einstein Stamps

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

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