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THE FORMAT INTERNATIONAL SECURITY PRINTERS LTD. ARCHIVE

Information and Reference of What was Found in the Archive

Stamp issues for Ras al Khaima printed by the Format International Security Printers Ltd. in 1971 and items found in the Archive

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RAS AL KHAIMA
1971

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

Ras al Khaimah was the last of the Trucial States to issue its own stamps. Ras al Khaima post office was opened on December 21, 1964. Its first set, which was issued on the same day of the opening of the post office, was very similar to the original Trucial States designs. From the opening of post office in 1964 to the last issued set in December of 1972, According to Michel, Ras al Khaima issued 903 stamps and 148 souvenir sheets.
As far as the souvenir sheets are concerned though Michel has listed some of the deluxe sheetlets as souvenir sheets. They have also not listed many souvenir sheets also. Therefore the numbers are inaccurate.

Please visit my introduction page for the Trucial States to understand how the following sets have been determined to have been printed by the Format International Security Printers.

INTRODUCTION TO THE TRUCIAL STATES STAMPS PRINTED BY THE FORMAT INTERNATIONAL SECURITY PRINTERS

A NOTE ON THE AGENCIES

You will find here that the evidence presented refutes every document created and presented on the ohmygosh webpages by the Middle East Stamp Company as false and misleading including the statements and the "contracts" presented there. These "copies of documents" can be found at this link:

The Fujairah Stamps and Postal History Site

These "documents" are presented on the Ajman and Fujairah (Fujiera) webpages and can be googled easily thus many collectors and dealers may become "misinformed" as to the true facts on the status of many Trucial States stamps.
If the documents that are presented on that website were true then almost every issue cataloged in Michel and Minkus during 1970 through 1972 would have to be considered as unofficial and fake issues. Judging from all the covers and such that are available all over the world and that have been shown to be officially honored by the various Trucial States, obviously this shows us that the "documents" presented are false and misleading. The Middle East Stamp Company never had any dealings with the Format International Security Printers and thus with the evidence shown here, proving who printed the stamps, we can see who really was the "jealous and envious" company yes?

1971 13TH WORLD SCOUTS JAMBOREE (Japan) Michel #519-26, Blocks 96-7, Minkus #567-76

The single stamps were printed in panes of 20.
The stamps exist perforated and imperforate including the souvenir sheets. Two versions of Deluxe sheet sets exist.

Errors of missing color exist. They were "found" in stocks purchased by Empire Stamp Company at the time of issue. In some instances it is known and documented that certain stamp dealers (probably this one included) had ties to the printers and in reality purchased the errors which were purposely made and then moved them through to other dealers under the false statements of "finding them" in their stocks. As we can see the printers of stamps (not just Format) and the dealers who had associations with them have a long and dark history.

Ras al Khaima 1971 World Scout Jamboree Stamps
SOUVENIR SHEET
Girl Scouts
Ras al Khaima 1971 World Scout Jamboree Girl Scouts Souvenir Sheet
SOUVENIR SHEET
Boy Scouts
Ras al Khaima 1971 World Scout Jamboree Boy Scouts Souvenir Sheet
DELUXE SHEETLET SET WITH WHITE BACKGROUND AND NUMBERED
Ras al Khaima 1971 World Scouts Jamboree Deluxe Sheetlet Set with White Background and Numbered
DELUXE SHEETLET SET WITH GREEN BACKGROUND AND NUMBERED
Ras al Khaima 1971 World Scouts Jamboree Deluxe Sheetlet Set with Green Background and Numbered
WORLD SCOUT JAMBOREE STAMP WITH MISSING COLOR ERROR
Ras al Khaima 1971 World Scouts Jamboree Stamp with Missing Color Error

1971 SOYUZ XI RUSSIAN COSMONAUTS MEMORIAL
Michel #529-32, Block 98, Minkus #584-7, 587A

The singles exist perforated and imperforate including the souvenir sheet. Two varieties of deluxe sheet sets of the singles also exist.

Ras al Khaima 1971 Soyuz XI Russian Cosmonauts Memorial Stamps
SOUVENIR SHEET
The Funeral
Ras al Khaima 1971 Soyuz XI Russian Cosmonauts Memorial Souvenir Sheet
DELUXE SHEETLET SET WITH WHITE BACKGROUND
Ras al Khaima 1971 Soyuz XI Russian Cosmonauts Memorial Deluxe Sheetlet Set with White Background
DELUXE SHEETLET SET WITH PINK BACKGROUND AND NUMBERED
Ras al Khaima 1971 Soyuz XI Russian Cosmonauts Memorial Deluxe Sheetlet Set with Pink Background and Numbered

1970 WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES (Sapporo 1972) OVERPRINTED SAPPORO OLYMPIC/GOLD MEDAL/WINNERS
Michel #534-9, Block 99, Minkus #339A-344A, 344B

The single stamps were printed in panes of 12 (2 sets) and 3 labels. Perforated and imperforates exist for all including the souvenir sheet. No deluxe sheet sets of the singles with overprints exist.

Noting this set is included on the proof sheet shown with the 1970 World Soccer Cup set proving it was printed by the Format Printers.

SE-TENANT BLOCK OF 6
Ras al Khaima 1970 Winter Olympic Games (Sapporo 1972) Overprinted Stamps
SOUVENIR SHEET
Ras al Khaima 1970 Winter Olympic Games (Sapporo 1972) Overprinted Souvenir Sheet
PANE OF 12 PLUS 3 LABELS
Ras al Khaima 1970 Winter Olympic Games (Sapporo 1972) Overprinted Pane of 12 Plus 3 Labels

1970 OLYMPIC GAMES (Munich 1972) OVERPRINTED MUNICH OLYMPIC/MEDAL WINNERS
Michel #540-5, Block 100, Minkus #345A-350A, 350B

The single stamps were printed in panes of 12 (2 sets) and 3 labels. Perforated and imperforates exist for all including the souvenir sheet. No deluxe sheet sets of the singles with overprints exist.

Noting this set is included on the proof sheet shown with the 1970 World Soccer Cup set proving it was printed by the Format Printers.

SE-TENANT BLOCK OF 6
Ras al Khaima 1970 Olympic Games (Munich 1972) Overprinted Stamps
SOUVENIR SHEET
Ras al Khaima 1970 Olympic Games (Munich 1972) Overprinted Souvenir Sheet
PANE OF 12 PLUS 3 LABELS
Ras al Khaima 1970 Olympic Games (Munich 1972) Overprinted Pane of 12 Plus 3 Labels

1971 SOYUZ XI AND THE SALYUT ORBITAL PROJECT
Michel #548-52, Block 101, Minkus #637-43

The single stamps were printed in panes of 20. Perforated and imperforates exist for all including the souvenir sheet. Two varieties of deluxe sheet sets of the singles also exist.
I have been notified that this set does have forgeries of the deluxe sheetlets. More information on this set can be found at Yu Zubakin's website linked below. It is in Russian so just use Google translator to translate the page if need.

Yu Zubakin's FANTASTIC SALUTE

Also noting that here I present more proof of Format printing.

Ras al Khaima 1971 Soyuz 11 and the Salyut Orbital Project Stamps
SOUVENIR SHEET
Soyuz 11 Trip to Salyut Orbital Station
Ras al Khaima 1971 Soyuz 11 and the Salyut Orbital Project Souvenir Sheet
SOYUZ XI AND THE SALYUT ORBITAL PROJECT PANES OF 20
Ras al Khaima 1971 Soyuz 11 and the Salyut Orbital Project Panes of 20
DELUXE SHEETLET SET WITH WHITE BACKGROUND
Ras al Khaima 1971 Soyuz 11 and the Salyut Orbital Project Deluxe Sheetlet Set with White Background
DELUXE SHEETLET SET WITH GRAYISH BACKGROUND AND NUMBERED
Ras al Khaima 1971 Soyuz 11 and the Salyut Orbital Project Deluxe Sheetlet Set with Grayish Background and Numbered
PROOF THAT THE FORMAT PRINTERS PRINTED THIS SET
Ras al Khaima 1971 Soyuz 11 and the Salyut Orbital Project Proof showing Gripper Key Proving Format Printed Them

1971 APOLLO XV
Michel #A561-5, Block 103, Minkus #588-94

The single stamps were printed in panes of 20. Perforated and imperforates exist for all including the souvenir sheet. Two varieties of deluxe sheet sets of the singles also exist.

Ras al Khaima 1971 Apollo 15 Stamps
SOUVENIR SHEET
Apollo 15 Badge
Ras al Khaima 1971 Apollo 15 Souvenir Sheet
DELUXE SHEETLET SET WITH WHITE BACKGROUND
Ras al Khaima 1971 Apollo 15 Deluxe Sheetlet Set with White Background
DELUXE SHEETLET SET WITH SALMON BACKGROUND AND NUMBERED
Ras al Khaima 1971 Apollo 15 Deluxe Sheetlet Set with Salmon Background and Numbered

1971 DOGS
Michel #567-72, Block 104, Minkus #595-601

The single stamps were printed in panes of 20. Perforated and imperforates exist for all including the souvenir sheet. Two varieties of deluxe sheet sets of the singles also exist.

Ras al Khaima 1971 Dogs Stamps
SOUVENIR SHEET
Ras al Khaima 1971 Dogs Souvenir Sheet
DOGS PANES OF 20
Ras al Khaima 1971 Dogs Panes of 20
DELUXE SHEETLET SET WITH WHITE BACKGROUND
Ras al Khaima 1971 Dogs Deluxe Sheetlet Set
DELUXE SHEETLET SET WITH WHITE BACKGROUND AND NUMBERED
Ras al Khaima 1971 Dogs Deluxe Sheetlet Set Numbered
PROOF THAT THE FORMAT PRINTERS PRINTED THIS SET
These were found in the Format Printers Archive
Ras al Khaima 1971 Dogs and Cats Gutter Proofs Found in the Format Archive

1971 CATS
Michel #574-A578, Block 105, Minkus #560-6

The single stamps were printed in panes of 20. Perforated and imperforates exist for all including the souvenir sheet. Two varieties of deluxe sheet sets of the singles also exist.

Noting that as shown with the Dogs issue these are proven to be made by the Format Printers.

Ras al Khaima 1971 Cats Stamps
SOUVENIR SHEET
Ras al Khaima 1971 Cats Souvenir Sheet
DELUXE SHEETLET SET WITH WHITE BACKGROUND
Ras al Khaima 1971 Cats Deluxe Sheetlet Set
DELUXE SHEETLET SET WITH WHITE BACKGROUND AND NUMBERED
Ras al Khaima 1971 Cats Deluxe Sheetlet Set Numbered

1971 PAINTINGS BY DURER
Michel #579-84, Block 106, Minkus #602-8

I believe the single stamps were printed in panes of 20. I cannot find evidence (yet) to support this. This set is the first set for Ras al Khaima in the new design in which future issues were created in large (normal size) designs and matching miniature designs. Perforated and imperforates exist for all including the souvenir sheet. Two varieties of deluxe sheet sets of the singles also exist.

Ras al Khaima 1971 Durer Paintings Stamps
SOUVENIR SHEET
Ras al Khaima 1971 Durer Paintings Souvenir Sheet
DELUXE SHEETLET SET WITH WHITE BACKGROUND
Ras al Khaima 1971 Durer Paintings Deluxe Sheetlet Set with White Background
DELUXE SHEETLET SET WITH BLUE BACKGROUND AND NUMBERED
Ras al Khaima 1971 Durer Paintings Deluxe Sheetlet Set with Blue Background Numbered
PROOF THAT THE FORMAT PRINTERS PRINTED THIS SET
These were found in the Format Printers Archive
Ras al Khaima 1971 Durer Paintings Deluxe Sheetlet Proof Set Found in the Format Archive

1971 COMPOSERS
Michel #586-91, Block 107, Minkus #609-15

I believe the single stamps were printed in panes of 20. I cannot find evidence (yet) to support this. This set is the first set for Ras al Khaima in the new design in which future issues were created in large (normal size) designs and matching miniature designs. Perforated and imperforates exist for all including the souvenir sheet. Two varieties of deluxe sheet sets of the singles also exist.

Ras al Khaima 1971 Durer Paintings Stamps
SOUVENIR SHEET
Ras al Khaima 1971 Durer Paintings Souvenir Sheet
DELUXE SHEETLET SET WITH WHITE BACKGROUND
Ras al Khaima 1971 Durer Paintings Deluxe Sheetlet Set with White Background
DELUXE SHEETLET SET WITH BLUE BACKGROUND AND NUMBERED
Ras al Khaima 1971 Durer Paintings Deluxe Sheetlet Set with Blue Background Numbered
PROOF THAT THE FORMAT PRINTERS PRINTED THIS SET
These were found in the Format Printers Archive
Ras al Khaima 1971 Composers Souvenir Sheet Proof Pair Found in the Format Archive
References taken from:
Michel Asien II
Minkus Trucial States Stamp Catalog
Evidence found in the Format Archive
Online research

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