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THE FORMAT INTERNATIONAL SECURITY PRINTERS LTD. ARCHIVE

Information and Reference of What was Found in the Archive

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

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NIGER

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

Noting for Niger that Stanley Gibbons nor any other catalog seems to note who the printers were during the time that Format printed stamps for Niger. By scanning thousands of images looking for clues like the color guides and logo's and analyzing archival material I am able to present this page.

As Noted in Scott Catalog, from 1960 onward the majority of sets were produced in limited numbers as imperforates, on deluxe sheetlets etc. Not only did Format have orders to produce them but Cartor, De la Rue and Editions de I'Aubetin SA and other companies also had the same orders long before Format ever made stamps for Niger. The evidence is the stamps themselves. Again I state that many other printing companies of the time were producing imperforates, deluxe sheetlets, specimen's, color proofs etc. in limited quantities exactly as the Format printers were. The quantities they produced were just never exposed because they were never put on trial. Therefore valuation of these varieties should be equal no matter who printed them.

Orders for imperforates ran in quantities of 3-5,000 sets. Orders for deluxe sheetlets ran in quantities of 2-3,000 sets. In the 1980's they ran more toward 5,000 sets for popular topics. Most are not rare.

1976 12TH WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES, INNSBRUCK
Scott #347-9, C266-C268, SG #608-12, MS613

The stamps and the souvenir sheet exist imperforate. Deluxe sheetlets with white or pink backgrounds were produced also.
A number of this issue as perforated, imperforate proofs came onto the market after the liquidation of the Format International Security Printers Ltd. in 1989. There are some varieties that are legitimately rare.

Niger 1976 12th Winter Olympic Games, Innsbruck Stamps
Niger 1976 12th Winter Olympic Games, Innsbruck Souvenir Sheet

1976 AMERICAN BICENTENNIAL
Scott #352-3, C269-C272, SG #616-20, MS621

The stamps and the souvenir sheet exist imperforate. Deluxe sheetlets with white or light blue backgrounds were produced also.

Niger 1976 American Bicentennial Stamps
Niger 1976 American Bicentennial Souvenir Sheet

1976 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ZEPPELIN
Scott #C273-C278, SG #624-8, MS629

The stamps and the souvenir sheet exist imperforate. Deluxe sheetlets with white or pink backgrounds were produced also.

Niger 1976 75th Anniversary of the Zeppelin Stamps
Niger 1976 75th Anniversary of the Zeppelin Souvenir Sheet

1976 21ST SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES, MONTREAL
Scott #363-7, C279, SG #633-7, MS638

The stamps and the souvenir sheet exist imperforate. Deluxe sheetlets with light pink backgrounds were produced also.
A number of this issue as perforated, imperforate proofs came onto the market after the liquidation of the Format International Security Printers Ltd. in 1989. There are some varieties that are legitimately rare.

Niger 1976 21st Summer Olympic Games Stamps
Niger 1976 21st Summer Olympic Games Souvenir Sheet

1977 VIKING MARS PROJECT
Scott #389-90, C283-C286, SG #667-71, MS672

The stamps and the souvenir sheet exist imperforate. Deluxe sheetlets with white or light blue backgrounds were produced also.

Niger 1977 Viking Mars Project Stamps
Niger 1977 Viking Mars Project Souvenir Sheet

1977 NOBEL PRIZE WINNERS
Scott #406-10, C287, SG #688-92, MS693

The stamps and the souvenir sheet exist imperforate. Deluxe sheetlets with white or light green backgrounds were produced also. The light green are common.

Niger 1977 Nobel Prize Winners Stamps
Niger 1977 Nobel Prize Winners Souvenir Sheet

1977 WORLD CUP SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP, ARGENTINA
Scott #412-17, SG #695-99, MS700

The stamps and the souvenir sheet exist imperforate. Deluxe sheetlets with white or pale green backgrounds were produced also.

Niger 1977 World Cup Soccer Championship Stamps
Niger 1977 World Cup Soccer Championship Souvenir Sheet

1978 RUBENS PAINTINGS
Scott #426-31, SG #708-12, MS713

The stamps and the souvenir sheet exist imperforate. Deluxe souvenir sheets of the singles were produced also.

Niger 1978 Rubens Paintings Stamps
1978 Rubens Paintings Deluxe Souvenir Sheet Set
Niger 1978 Rubens Paintings Deluxe Souvenir Sheet Set

Niger 1978 Rubens Paintings Souvenir Sheet

1978 11TH WORLD CUP SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP, ARGENTINA
Scott #438-42, SG #722-5, MS726

The stamps and the souvenir sheet exist imperforate. Deluxe sheetlets with white or light pink with red wavy lined backgrounds were produced also.

Niger 1978 World Cup Soccer Championship Stamps
Niger 1978 World Cup Soccer Championship Souvenir Sheet

1978 ANIMALS, ENDANGERED SPECIES (WWF)
Scott #447-52, SG #735-40

The stamps exist imperforate. Deluxe sheetlets with salmon color backgrounds were produced also.

Niger 1978 Animals, Endangered Species (WWF) Stamps

1978 WORLD CUP SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS
Scott #453-8, SG #741-5, MS746

The overprint exists in silver or red. It is stated that 2,000 sets exist with the red overprint.
The stamps and the souvenir sheet exist imperforate. Deluxe sheetlets with white or light pink with red wavy lined backgrounds were produced also.

Niger 1978 World Cup Soccer Championship Winners Stamps
Niger 1978 World Cup Soccer Championship Winners Souvenir Sheet
1978 World Cup Soccer Championship Winners Stamp Set with Red Overprints
Niger 1978 World Cup Soccer Championship Winners Stamp Set with Red Overprints

1979 DÜRER PAINTINGS
Scott #462-6, SG #752-5, MS756

The stamps and the souvenir sheet exist imperforate. Deluxe souvenir sheets were produced also. I could not find the 50fr value in this form. Does it exist?

Niger 1979 Dürer Paintings Stamps
1979 Dürer Paintings Deluxe Souvenir Sheet Set
Niger 1979 Dürer Paintings Deluxe Souvenir Sheet Set

Niger 1979 Dürer Paintings Souvenir Sheet

1979 INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF THE CHILD (IYC)
Scott #469-71, SG #761-3

The stamps exist imperforate. Deluxe sheetlets do not seem to exist for this issue.

Niger 1979 International Year of the Child (IYC) Stamps

1979 DEATH CENTENARY OF SIR ROWLAND HILL
Scott #474-8, SG #764-7, MS768

The stamps and the souvenir sheet exist imperforate. Deluxe sheetlets with designed backgrounds were produced also.

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

1979 PRE-OLYMPIC YEAR
Scott #484-8, SG #775-8, MS779

The stamps and the souvenir sheet exist imperforate. Deluxe sheetlets with designed backgrounds were produced also.
A small number of uncut press sheets were found in the archive for this set. Intact pieces from them as in crossgutters, gutters and large selvage pieces are very rare. There were several press sheets of the souvenir sheet. All were cut into imperf between pairs and large selvage singles.

Niger 1979 Pre-Olympic Year Stamps
Niger 1979 Pre-Olympic Year Souvenir Sheet

1979 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST TRANSATLANTIC FLIGHT
Scott #489, SG #771

The stamps do not exist imperforate. Deluxe sheetlets do not seem to exist for this issue.
One or two of the uncut press sheets were found in the archive for this stamp. Intact pieces from them as in crossgutters, gutters and large selvage pieces are very rare.

Niger 1979 60th Anniversary of the First Transatlantic Flight Stamps

1979 13TH WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES, LAKE PLACID
Scott #491-6, SG #787-91, MS792

The stamps and the souvenir sheet exist imperforate. Deluxe sheetlets with designed backgrounds were produced also.
A small number of uncut press sheets were found in the archive for this set. Intact pieces from them as in crossgutters, gutters and large selvage pieces are very rare. There were several press sheets of the souvenir sheet. All were cut into imperf between pairs and large selvage singles.

Niger 1979 13th Winter Olympic Games, Lake Placid Stamps
Niger 1979 13th Winter Olympic Games, Lake Placid Souvenir Sheet

1979 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF APOLLO 11 MOON LANDING
Scott #497-8, C295-C297, SG #782-5, MS786

The overprint was printed in silver and black. Also in red. It is stated that 1,000 sets exist with the red overprint.
The stamps and the souvenir sheet exist imperforate. Deluxe sheetlets do not exist with the overprint.

Niger 1979 10th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing Stamps
Niger 1979 10th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing Souvenir Sheet
1979 Viking Space Project Souvenir Sheet with Apollo 11 Moon Landing Red Overprints
Niger 1979 10th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing Souvenir Sheet with Red Overprints

1980 WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES WINNERS
Scott #501-6, SG #802-6, MS807

The overprint was printed in black and also in red. It is stated that 2,000 sets exist with the red overprint.
The stamps and the souvenir sheet exist imperforate. Deluxe sheetlets do not exist with the overprint.
Errors and varieties of the overprint exist.
Niger 1980 Winter Olympic Games Winners Stamps
Niger 1980 Winter Olympic Games Winners Souvenir Sheet
1979 Winter Olympic Games, Lake Placid Souvenir Sheet with Winners Red Overprint
Niger 1980 Winter Olympic Games Winners Souvenir Sheet with Red Overprints

1980 22ND SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES, MOSCOW
Scott #507-11, SG #797-800, MS801

The stamps and the souvenir sheet exist imperforate. Deluxe sheetlets with designed backgrounds were produced also.

Niger 1980 22nd Summer Olympic Games, Moscow Stamps
Niger 1980 22nd Summer Olympic Games, Moscow Souvenir Sheet

1980 SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES WINNERS
Scott #527-31, SG #816-19, MS820

The stamps and the souvenir sheet exist imperforate. Deluxe sheetlets with designed backgrounds were produced also.

Niger 1980 Summer Olympic Games Winners Stamps
Niger 1980 Summer Olympic Games Winners Souvenir Sheet

1981 ROYAL WEDDING OF PRINCE CHARLES AND LADY DIANA
Scott #548-51, SG #860-2, MS863

The stamps and the souvenir sheet exist imperforate. Deluxe sheetlets with designed backgrounds were produced also.
A number of uncut press sheets were found in the archive for this set. Intact pieces from them as in crossgutters, gutters and large selvage pieces are very rare. There were several press sheets of the souvenir sheet. All were cut into imperf between pairs and large selvage singles.

Niger 1981 Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Stamps
Niger 1981 Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Souvenir Sheet

1981 WORLD CUP SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP, ESPANA '82
Scott #557-62, SG #868-72, MS873

The stamps and the souvenir sheet exist imperforate. Deluxe sheetlets with white background and designed backgrounds were produced also.
A number of uncut press sheets were found in the archive for this set. Intact pieces from them as in crossgutters, gutters and large selvage pieces are very rare. There were several press sheets of the souvenir sheet. All were cut into imperf between pairs and large selvage singles.

Niger 1981 World Cup Soccer Championship, ESPANA '82 Stamps
Niger 1981 World Cup Soccer Championship, ESPANA '82 Souvenir Sheet

1981 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GRAND PRIX
Scott #563-8, SG #868-72, MS873

The stamps were issued in sheetlets of 15 with borders.
The souvenir sheet exist imperforate. Deluxe sheetlets with designed backgrounds were produced also.
A number of uncut press sheets were found in the archive for this set. Intact pieces from them as in crossgutters, gutters and large selvage pieces are very rare. There were only one or two press sheets of the souvenir sheet. All were cut into imperf between pairs and large selvage singles.

Niger 1981 75th Anniversary of the Grand Prix Stamps
1981 75th Anniversary of the Grand Prix Sheetlet of 15 with Borders
Niger 1981 75th Anniversary of the Grand Prix Sheetlet of 15 Stamps with Borders
Niger 1981 75th Anniversary of the Grand Prix Souvenir Sheet

1982 ROYAL BIRTH OF PRINCE WILLIAM
Scott #595-8, SG #905-7, MS908

The overprint was printed in blue. A red overprint exist only on the 300fr value. It is standard that at least 1,000 were produced with the red overprint.
The stamps and the souvenir sheet exist imperforate. Deluxe sheetlets do not exist with this overprint.

Niger 1982 Royal Birth of Prince William Stamps
Niger 1982 Royal Birth of Prince William Souvenir Sheet
1982 Royal Birth of Prince William 300fr Stamp with Red Overprint
Niger 1982 Royal Birth of Prince William 300fr Stamp with Red Overprint

1982 WORLD CUP SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS
Scott #603-8, SG #915-19, MS920

The stamps and the souvenir sheet exist imperforate. Deluxe sheetlets with the designed backgrounds were also overprinted.

Niger 1982 World Cup Soccer Championship Winners Stamps
Niger 1982 World Cup Soccer Championship Winners Souvenir Sheet

1982 CHRISTMAS, RUBENS PAINTINGS
Scott #C315-C317, SG #923-5

The stamps exist imperforate. Deluxe sheetlets do not seem to exist for this issue.
A number of uncut press sheets were found in the archive for this set. Intact pieces from them as in crossgutters, gutters and large selvage pieces are very rare.

Niger 1982 Christmas, Rubens Paintings Stamps
1983 BICENTENARY OF MANNED FLIGHT
Scott #C318-C323, SG #926-31

The stamps exist imperforate. Deluxe sheetlets with designed backgrounds were produced also.
A number of uncut press sheets were found in the archive for this set. Intact pieces from them as in crossgutters, gutters and large selvage pieces are very rare.

Niger 1983 Bicentenary of Manned Flight Stamps
1983 RAPHAEL PAINTINGS
Scott #614-21, SG #936-43

The stamps exist imperforate. Deluxe sheetlets with designed backgrounds were produced also.
A number of uncut press sheets were found in the archive for this set. Intact pieces from them as in crossgutters, gutters and large selvage pieces are very rare.

Niger 1983 Raphael Paintings Stamps
1983 CHRISTMAS, BOTTICELLI PAINTINGS
Scott #C329-C331, SG #973-5

The stamps exist imperforate. Deluxe sheetlets seem not to exist for this issue.
These were the last stamps printed by the Format International Security Printers Ltd. for Niger. The company went into bankruptcy in 1989.

Niger 1983 Christmas, Botticelli Paintings Stamps
As you can see every set has imperforates that were made as do most sets made by other printers during the same time era. This is proof that the printers were under contracts that allowed them to be made for promotional reasons and for sale to collectors. Therefore any discrepancy with pricing them for less because they were made by the Format Printers and more because they were made by De la Rue or another company should be disregarded because the quantities that exist are equal no matter who made the stamps.

References taken from:
Scott Catalog
Inventory list for the Format Archive by Robson Lowe
Internet Research

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