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THE FORMAT INTERNATIONAL SECURITY PRINTERS LTD. ARCHIVE

Information and Reference of What was Found in the Archive

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

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SAINT VINCENT GRENADINES

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

SPECIMEN overprinted stamps exist for all issues.

1981 DETAIL FROM EARLY MAPS Scott #203-8, SG #189-94

1981 Early Map Stamps

1982 21ST BIRTHDAY OF PRINCESS OF WALES Scott #243-5, SG #229-31
Inverted watermarks exist.

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

1983 BICENTENARY OF MANNED FLIGHT Scott #275-8, 278a SG #250-3, MS254

1983 Manned Flight Stamps
1983 Manned Flight Souvenir Sheet

1983 LEADERS OF THE WORLD, BRITISH MONARCHS Scott #279-84, SG #255-66
Quantities of most of these issues perforated, imperforate proofs, errors and intentional 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.

UPDATE

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

1983 Saint Vincent Grenadines British Monarchs Fake StampsView the FAKE Saint Vincent Grenadines 1983 British Monarchs Stamps here.

1983 British Monarchs Stamps

1984 LEADERS OF THE WORLD, RAILWAY LOCOMOTIVES (1st SERIES) Scott #297,299,303,307,313,318,328,342 SG #271-86
Quantities of most of these issues perforated, imperforate proofs, errors and intentional 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.

View the SPECIALIZED Saint Vincent Grenadines Automobiles and Locomotives Series Page here.View the SPECIALIZED Saint Vincent Grenadines Automobiles and Locomotives Series Page here.
1984 Leaders of the World 1st Series Locomotives Stamps

1984 REEF FISH Scott #399-402, SG #287-90
The 45c exists with watermark "POST OFFICE" reading upwards.

1984 Reef Fish Stamps

1984 LEADERS OF THE WORLD, CRICKETERS (1st Series) Scott #403-5,407,410,412,414,417, SG #291-306
A quantity of most 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 any of this issue have an extreme rarity factor.

View the Saint Vincent Grenadines Cricket Players Stamps and Varieties Page here.View the Saint Vincent Grenadines Cricket Players Stamps and Varieties Page here.
1984 Leaders of the World 1st Series Cricket Players Stamps

1984 LEADERS OF THE WORLD, RAILWAY LOCOMOTIVES (2nd SERIES) Scott #295,298,306,308,319,329,335,344, SG #311-26
Quantities of most of these issues perforated, imperforate proofs, errors and intentional 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.

View the SPECIALIZED Saint Vincent Grenadines Automobiles and Locomotives Series Page here.View the SPECIALIZED Saint Vincent Grenadines Automobiles and Locomotives Series Page here.
1984 Leaders of the World 2nd Series Locomotives Stamps

1984 LEADERS OF THE WORLD, CRICKETERS (2nd Series) Scott #406,408,413,416, SG #331-8
A quantity of most of these issues perforated and 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 any of this issue have an extreme rarity factor.

View the Saint Vincent Grenadines Cricket Players Stamps and Varieties Page here.View the Saint Vincent Grenadines Cricket Players Stamps and Varieties Page here.
1984 Leaders of the World 2nd Series Cricket Players Stamps

1984 LEADERS OF THE WORLD, AUTOMOBILES (1st SERIES) Scott #441,444,446,453, SG #339-46
Quantities of most of these issues perforated, imperforate proofs, errors and intentional 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.

View the SPECIALIZED Saint Vincent Grenadines Automobiles and Locomotives Series Page here.View the SPECIALIZED Saint Vincent Grenadines Automobiles and Locomotives Series Page here.
1984 Leaders of the World 1st Series Automobiles Stamps

1984 CHRISTMAS Scott #469-71, 471a, SG #347-9, MS350

1984 Christmas Stamps
1984 Christmas Souvenir Sheet

1985 LEADERS OF THE WORLD, RAILWAY LOCOMOTIVES (3rd SERIES) Scott #296,304,324,345,345a, SG #351-8, MS359
Quantities of most of these issues perforated, imperforate proofs, errors and intentional 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.

View the SPECIALIZED Saint Vincent Grenadines Automobiles and Locomotives Series Page here.View the SPECIALIZED Saint Vincent Grenadines Automobiles and Locomotives Series Page here.
1985 Leaders of the World 3rd Series Locomotives Stamps
1985 Leaders of the World 3rd Series Locomotives Souvenir Sheet

1985 SHELL FISH Scott #472-5, SG #360-3

1985 Shell Fish Stamps

1985 LEADERS OF THE WORLD, CRICKETERS (3RD SERIES) Scott #409,411,415, SG #364-9
A quantity of most of these issues perforated and 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 any of this issue have an extreme rarity factor.

View the Saint Vincent Grenadines Cricket Players Stamps and Varieties Page here.View the Saint Vincent Grenadines Cricket Players Stamps and Varieties Page here.
1985 Leaders of the World 3rd Series Cricket Players Stamps

1985 LEADERS OF THE WORLD, FLOWERS Scott #476-9, SG #370-7
Quantities of most of these issues perforated, imperforate proofs, errors and intentional 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.
UPDATE

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

1985 Saint Vincent Grenadines Flowers Fake StampsView the FAKE Saint Vincent Grenadines 1985 Flowers Stamps here.

1985 Leaders of the World Flowers Stamps

1985 LEADERS OF THE WORLD, AUTOMOBILES (2nd SERIES) Scott #442,447,449,451, SG #378-85
Quantities of most of these issues perforated, imperforate proofs, errors and intentional 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.

View the SPECIALIZED Saint Vincent Grenadines Automobiles and Locomotives Series Page here.View the SPECIALIZED Saint Vincent Grenadines Automobiles and Locomotives Series Page here.
1985 Leaders of the World 2nd Series Automobiles Stamps

1985 TOURISM Scott #484-7, SG #386-9

1985 Tourism Stamps

1985 LEADERS OF THE WORLD, RAILWAY LOCOMOTIVES (4th SERIES) Scott #300,310,315,343, SG #390-7
Quantities of most of these issues perforated, imperforate proofs, errors and intentional 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.

View the SPECIALIZED Saint Vincent Grenadines Automobiles and Locomotives Series Page here.View the SPECIALIZED Saint Vincent Grenadines Automobiles and Locomotives Series Page here.
1985 Leaders of the World 4th Series Locomotives Stamps

1985 FRUITS AND BLOSSOMS Scott #488-91, 491a, SG #398-401, MS402

1985 Fruits and Blossoms Stamps
1985 Fruits and Blossoms Souvenir Sheet

1985 LEADERS OF THE WORLD, LIFE AND TIMES OF QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER Scott #496-500, SG #403-10, MS411
New information has been discovered.

View the SPECIALIZED Saint Vincent Grenadines 1985 85th Birthday Omnibus Series Page here.View the SPECIALIZED Saint Vincent Grenadines 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 Leaders of the World Life and Times of Queen Elizabeth Stamps
1985 Leaders of the World Life and Times of Queen Elizabeth Souvenir Sheet
RESTRICTED PRINTING (5000 estimated to exist)
1985 Leaders of the World Life and Times of Queen Elizabeth Restricted Printing $4.00 Souvenir Sheet
RESTRICTED PRINTING (5000 estimated to exist)
1985 Leaders of the World Life and Times of Queen Elizabeth Restricted Printing $5.00 Souvenir Sheet

1985 LEADERS OF THE WORLD, RAILWAY LOCOMOTIVES (5th SERIES) Scott #309,323,333,339, SG #412-19
Quantities of most of these issues perforated, imperforate proofs, errors and intentional 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.

View the SPECIALIZED Saint Vincent Grenadines Automobiles and Locomotives Series Page here.View the SPECIALIZED Saint Vincent Grenadines Automobiles and Locomotives Series Page here.
1985 Leaders of the World 5th Series Locomotives Stamps

1985 ROYAL VISIT Scott #503-9, SG #420-6
These stamps were from various earlier issues and were overprinted "CARIBBEAN ROYAL VISIT-1985" with new values.

1985 Caribbean Royal Visit Stamps

1985 TRADITIONAL DANCES Scott #510-13, SG #427-30

1985 Traditional Dances Stamps

1986 LEADERS OF THE WORLD, AUTOMOBILES (3rd SERIES) Scott #443,445,448,450,452,454, SG #431-42
Quantities of most of these issues perforated, imperforate proofs, errors and intentional 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.

View the SPECIALIZED Saint Vincent Grenadines Automobiles and Locomotives Series Page here.View the SPECIALIZED Saint Vincent Grenadines Automobiles and Locomotives Series Page here.
1986 Leaders of the World 3rd Series Automobiles Stamps

1986 LEADERS OF THE WORLD, RAILWAY LOCOMOTIVES (6th SERIES) Scott #305,314,320,325,330,336,340,346, SG #443-58
Quantities of most of these issues perforated, imperforate proofs, errors and intentional 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.

View the SPECIALIZED Saint Vincent Grenadines Automobiles and Locomotives Series Page here.View the SPECIALIZED Saint Vincent Grenadines Automobiles and Locomotives Series Page here.
1986 Leaders of the World 6th Series Locomotives Stamps

1986 60TH BIRTHDAY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II Scott #514-18, SG #459-62, MS463
New information has been discovered.

View the SPECIALIZED Saint Vincent Grenadines 1986 60th Birthday Omnibus Series Page here.View the SPECIALIZED Saint Vincent Grenadines 1986 60th Birthday Omnibus Series Page here.
UPDATE

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

1986 Saint Vincent Grenadines 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth Fake Souvenir SheetsView the FAKE Saint Vincent Grenadines 1986 60th Birthday Souvenir Sheets here.

1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II Stamps
1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II Souvenir Sheet

1986 HANDICRAFTS Scott #519-22, SG #464-7

1986 Handicrafts Stamps

1986 WORLD CUP SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP, MEXICO Scott #523-32, SG #468-75, MS476
A further $3.00 souvenir sheet, showing the South Korean player, was prepared, but not issued. Imperforates, proofs and unissued items exist for these.

1986 World Cup Soccer Championship in Mexico Stamps
1986 World Cup Soccer Championship in Mexico Souvenir Sheet
1986 World Cup Soccer Championship in Mexico Souvenir Sheet
UNISSUED SOUVENIR SHEET
1986 World Cup Soccer Championship in Mexico Unissued Souvenir Sheet

1986 ROYAL WEDDING (1ST ISSUE) Scott #539-41, SG #481-4, MS485

View the SPECIALIZED Grenadines of Saint Vincent 1986 Royal Wedding Omnibus Series Page here.View the SPECIALIZED Grenadines of Saint Vincent 1986 Royal Wedding Omnibus Series Page here.
UPDATE 2016!

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

1986 Saint Vincent Grenadines Royal Wedding ForgeriesView the Saint Vincent Grenadines 1986 Royal Wedding Forgery Stamps here.

1986 Royal Wedding 1st Issue Stamps
1986 Royal Wedding 1st Issue Souvenir Sheet

1986 ROYAL WEDDING (2ND ISSUE) OVERPRINTED "CONGRATULATIONS TO T.R.H. THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF YORK" Scott #542-3, SG #486-9
View the SPECIALIZED Grenadines of Saint Vincent 1986 Royal Wedding Omnibus Series Page here.View the SPECIALIZED Grenadines of Saint Vincent 1986 Royal Wedding Omnibus Series Page here.
1986 Royal Wedding 2nd Issue Stamps

1986 DRAGONFLIES Scott #546-9, SG #490-3

1986 Dragonflies Stamps

1986 CENTENARY OF THE STATUE OF LIBERTY Scott #550-8, SG #MS494
No information on any varieties.

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 Statue of Liberty Stamps

1987 LEADERS OF THE WORLD, RAILWAY LOCOMOTIVES (7th SERIES) Scott #301,311,316,321,326,331,334,337, SG #504-19
Quantities of most of these issues perforated, imperforate proofs, errors and intentional 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.

View the SPECIALIZED Saint Vincent Grenadines Automobiles and Locomotives Series Page here.View the SPECIALIZED Saint Vincent Grenadines Automobiles and Locomotives Series Page here.
I have discovered recently created (2014) forgeries of this issue! Fake normal and imperforate sets are on the market!
Don't get ripped off! View this page to define and avoid them.

1987 Saint Vincent Grenadines 7th Series Locomotives Fake StampsView the FAKE Saint Vincent Grenadines 1987 Locomotives 7th Series Stamps here.

1987 Leaders of the World 7th Series Locomotives Stamps

1987 LEADERS OF THE WORLD, RAILWAY LOCOMOTIVES (8th SERIES) Scott #302,312,317,322,327,332,338,341, SG #520-35
Quantities of most of these issues perforated, imperforate proofs, errors and intentional 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.

View the SPECIALIZED Saint Vincent Grenadines Automobiles and Locomotives Series Page here.View the SPECIALIZED Saint Vincent Grenadines Automobiles and Locomotives Series Page here.
1987 Leaders of the World 8th Series Locomotives Stamps

1987 ROYAL RUBY WEDDING AND 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF QUEEN VICTORIA'S ACCESSION Scott #568-73, SG #536-40, MS541
Quantities 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.

View Errors and Proofs Page here.View Errors and Proofs Page Here

1987 Royal Ruby Wedding Stamps
1987 Royal Ruby Wedding Souvenir Sheet

1987 MARINE LIFE Scott #574-8, SG #542-5, MS546

1987 Marine Life, Coral Fish Stamps
1987 Marine Life, Coral Fish Souvenir Sheet

1988 OCEAN RACING YACHTS Scott #579-85, SG #547-52, MS553

1988 Ocean Racing Yachts Stamps
1988 Ocean Racing Yachts Souvenir Sheet

1988 BEQUIA REGATTA Scott #586-90, SG #554-7, MS558

View the Special Bequia Regatta Stamps and Varieties Page here.View the Special Bequia Regatta Stamps and Varieties Page Here

1988 Bequia Regatta Stamps
1988 Bequia Regatta Souvenir Sheet

1988 MUSTIQUE AIRWAYS Scott #591-5, SG #559-62, MS563
1988 Mustique Airways Stamps
1988 Mustique Airways Souvenir Sheet

1988 GREAT EXPLORERS Scott #596-605, SG #563-71, MS572
An unissued $6.00 souvenir sheet exists showing the Santa Maria.
It is the same as the issued souvenir sheet BUT the colors are darker
and the frame around the stamp is a salmon color versus the issued lighter yellowish color.
Scott Catalog lists the $5.00 and $6.00 souvenir sheets correctly but fails to mention the unissued variety.
Stanley Gibbons lists TWO $5.00 SOUVENIR SHEETS with correct pictorial descriptions and NOTES the $6.00 unissued souvenir sheet.
This is in ERROR as there were never two $5.00 souvenir sheets issued for this set.

UPDATE

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

1988 Saint Vincent Grenadines Great Explorers Fake StampsView the FAKE Saint Vincent Grenadines 1988 Great Explorers Stamps here.

View Errors and Proofs Page here.View Errors and Proofs Page Here

1988 Explorers Stamps
1988 Explorers Souvenir Sheet
It appears that some sellers think this souvenir sheet was not issued.
THEY ARE WRONG!
1988 Explorers Souvenir Sheet
THIS IS THE UNISSUED 1988 EXPLORERS SOUVENIR SHEET!
Note the Salmon pink frame of the stamp and the much darker and heavier overall yellow color of the souvenir sheet. The brown and red colors appear much lighter.
1988 Explorers Unissued $6.00 Souvenir Sheet

1988 CRICKETERS OF 1988 INTERNATIONAL SEASON Scott #606-13, SG #573-80, MS581
The souvenir sheet is said to have never been issued by Scott Catalog as stated by the St. Vincent P.O.. 4 uncut press sheets of the souvenir sheet were found in the archive. Each sheet contained 6 of these mini panes imperforated on one side of the stamp.

Quantities of this issue perforated, imperforate proofs, specimen overprinted came onto the market after the liquidation of the Format International Security Printers Ltd. in 1988.
The color proof panes and other varieties were released in 2008. There are some varieties that are legitimately rare. Full uncut press sheets of this issue seem not to exist for the stamps.

View the 1988 Cricket Players Stamps and Varieties Page here.View the 1988 Cricket Players Stamps and Varieties Page Here
1988 Cricketers of 1988 International Season Stamps
1988 Cricketers of 1988 International Season Souvenir Sheet

1988 INTERNATIONAL TENNIS PLAYERS Scott #614-22, SG #582-9, MS590
Quantities of this issue perforated, imperforate proofs, errors and intentional 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. Full uncut press sheets of this issue no longer exists.

View the Tennis Players Stamps and Varieties Page here.View the Tennis Players Stamps and Varieties Page Here
1988 International Tennis Players Stamps
1988 International Tennis Players Souvenir Sheet

1988 OLYMPIC GAMES, SEOUL No catalog numbers.
A set of 6 stamps and a mini pane were produced but never issued. These were the last stamps printed by the Format International Security Printers Ltd. for Saint Vincent Grenadines. The company soon after went into bankruptcy.
New information has been discovered on these.

View the SPECIALIZED 1988 Seoul Olympics Unissued Stamp Sheetlets and Souvenir Sheets Page here.View the SPECIALIZED 1988 Seoul Olympics Unissued Stamp Sheetlets and Souvenir Sheets Page here.
SAINT VINCENT GRENADINES UNISSUED 1988 OLYMPIC GAMES STAMPS
Saint Vincent Grenadines Unissued 1988 Olympic Games Stamp Sheetlet and Souvenir Sheet
References taken from:
Stanley Gibbons Windward Islands and Barbados
Scott Catalog
Inventory list for the Format Archive by Robson Lowe

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