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 Australia 2013 "Australian's Age of Dinosaurs" (mint)

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Issue Date 24.09.2013
ID Michel:   Stanley Gibbons:    UPU:  Category: pR
Author Illustration: James Gurney
Product design: Sonia Young
Stamps in set 6
Value 6 x 60c
Size (width x height) 30mm x 50mm| 26mm x 37.5mm| 50mm x 30mm| 25mm x 30mm| 30mm x 25mm ;  Minisheet size: 172mm x 80mm
Layout Sheets of 50 for mint stamps, MS of 6 stamps, Booklets of 20 of self adhesive stamps
Products FDC x 1  SS x1
Paper gummed: Tullis Russell ;  self-adhesive: B100
Perforation 14.6 x 13.86
Print Technique

Litography

Printed by McKellar Renown
Quantity
Issuing Authority Australia Post
dinosaurs stamps of Australia 2013

 End of Septemer 2013, after 20 yeras since  issue of  "Australia's Dinosaur Era.", anounced Australian Post about new dinosaur stamps. Similar to stamps of 1993 this issue contain six mint stamps issued in Mini-Sheet and individual sheets of 50 stamps, some self-adhesive stamps with the similar design, issued in booklets.

This stamp issue illustrates six prehistoric animals that lived in Australia during the Cretaceous period (around 145 million years ago to 65 million years ago).
Five of these animals are dinosaurs. The sixth, Koolasuchus is an amphibian that persisted on this continent long after it had become extinct elsewhere, a living fossil of its time.
From left to right, the minisheet covers a period of nearly 30 million years and extends from the older, polar Victoria to the younger,v more temperate Queensland. During those 30 million years, the most profound change that ever occurred in the  terrestrial flora took place. This was the appearance of the flowering plants.The particular animals chosen were from Queensland and Victoria because it is in those two states that the vast majority of dinosaur material has been found on this continent. The amphibian and with one exception, all the dinosaurs depicted, have never previously been illustrated on stamps.

Timinus dinosaur on stamp of Australia from 1993 The one exception is Timimus, a dinosaur that is now interpreted as a member of a quite different group thanvwhen illustrated on an Australian stamp in 1993. This is a perfect example of how science works - a revision of a viewpoint in the light of new information.
Timimus is a genus of small coelurosaurian theropod dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous of Australia. It was originally identified as an ornithomimosaur, but now it is thought to be a different kind of theropod, possibly a tyrannosauroid or unenlagiine.



Timinus dinosaur on stamp of Australia from 2013

This istamps have been developed with the assistance of palaeontologists at the Museum of Victoria and expert  dinosaur illustrator, James Gurney (New York, USA), who already made some dinosaur stamps for USA's Post in 1997  The "Australia's Age of Dinosaurs" stamp issue was not the first scenic dinosaur minisheet that Australia Post produced. Artist Peter Trusler created this landmark stamp scene in 1993, called "Australia's Dinosaur Era." This was one of the ancestors of the current stamp issue, as well as the inspiration for the "World of Dinosaurs" stamps, which James Gursey created for the USA four years later.
Distingushied from many other stamp illustrators, who are not really care how realistic their prehistoric creature are looks, James Gurney spent much effort to paint his images as realistic as possible. Short film about his wotk on the stamps is below.


 
Products
FDC

dinosaurs of Australia on FDC, First Day Cover, from 2013

dinosaurs of Australia on FDC, First Day Cover, from 2013

Gutter Pair stamps and FDC with Gutter pair stamps
Dnosaurs gutter pair stamps of Australia 2013

dinosaurs of Australia on FDC, First Day Cover, from 2013

Mini Sheet Used covers
dinosaurs on mini sheet of Australia 2013 Dinosaurs on circulated covers of Australia 2013


References:   Australia Post

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