Niuafoʻou (Tonga) 1993 "Evolution of the Earth" (V)


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Issue Date 14.09.1993
ID Michel: 237-240, Scott: Stanley Gibbons: Yvert: UPU: N/A Category: pR
Designer Mr. Ray Edge, Walsall Security Printers of London, UK
Stamps in set 1
Value T$10 - Mammoth and Sabretooth Tiger
Size (width x height) 25mm x 40mm
Layout Mini-Sheet of 10 stamps with 2 tabs in the middle
Products FDC x1
Paper
Perforation 14 x 14
Print Technique Offset, multicolor
Printed by Walsall Security Printers of London, UK
Quantity
Issuing Authority Post office of the Goverment of Tonga
Mammoth and Sabretooth Tiger on stamp of Niuafoʻou 1993

On November 14th of 1993, the Post Authority of Niuafoʻou (Tonga) issued the last stamp in their multi-year stamps set "Evolution of the Earth". (The first part of this set was issued in 1989. )
This stamp shows a Sabretooth Tiger hunting the Mammoth and the skull of the Sabretooth Tiger on the foreground.
The stamp was printed in Mini-Sheet of 10 stamps with 2 tabs in the middle. The tabs shows some scenes from the "Evolution of the Earth" stamps of the previous years.



Products

Tonga did not issue any imperf stamps from this set, the only imperfs known are genuine plate proofs, and come from the Walsall Security Printers archives.
FDC Mini-Sheet Artwork of the tab
Mammoth and Sabretooth Tiger on FDC of Niuafoʻou 1993 Mammoth and Sabretooth Tiger on stamp of Niuafoʻou 1993 Mammoth and Sabretooth Tiger on stamp of Niuafoʻou 1993
Used cover Specimens [1]
Mammoth and Sabretooth Tiger on stamp of Niuafoʻou 1993 Mammoth and Sabretooth Tiger on stamp of Niuafoʻou 1993
Notes:

[1] The "SPECIMEN" overprint in black was the normal specimen overprint done for most sets ot Tonga from 1981 to 1997.



References:
  • [R1] Technical details and stamps presentation:



Acknowledgement:
  • Many thanks to fellow collector Dr. Jon Noad from Canada, for sharing a scan of the Artwork from his collection.
  • Many thanks to fellow collector Mr. Peter Brandhuber from Germany, for sharing a scan of some covers from his collection.
  • Many thanks to Mr. Greg Jorgensen from Australia, who sells philatelic materials from archive of Walsall Security Printers on the Internet under nickname tonga2, for explanations about their printing process.


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