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Spain 2016 "Dinosaurs (2nd)"

Issue Date 30.06.20016
ID Michel: Scott: Stanley Gibbons: Yvert: UPU: Category: pR
Author Ramiro Undabeytia
Stamps in set 4
Value €2 Europelta
€2 Pelecaniminus
€2 Proa
€2 Turiasaurus
Size (width x height) 57.6 mm x 40.9 mm
Layout Sheets of 16 and sheet of 12 stamps (Anquilosaurus)
Paper gummed
Perforation 13x13
Print Technique Offset, scales texture, R.A., phosphorescence, 3D
Printed by RCM-FNMT
Quantity 250.000 each stamp
Issuing Authority Correos Y Telegrafos SA
dinosaurs stamps of Spain 2016

On June 30, 2016, Post Authority of Spain issued the second stamps of Dinosaurs (first set issued in 2015). The set contain four stamps each one printed with different technique: scales texture, Augmented Reality, phosphorescence, 3D and special glasses, which allows to some of the effects.

Distinguished from stamps of 2015 when all shown dinosaurs were well known to wide public: Ankylosaurus, Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus, Diplodocus, this year only "local" dinosaurs are depicting. Euro 2 each is very expensive even for European country and make their postal usage very limited. Seems as they issued with a purpose to be sold for collectors, rather to be used on letters, therefore these stamps are marked as undesired.

"Four new stamps shows the images of these some creatures that disappeared from Earth more than 65 million years ago. Dinosaurs who star in the series this year are: Europelta, which is printed with the technique called lenticular printing, the Pelecaniminus whose image has been printed with holographic ink, the dinosaur known as Proa presented in a Premium Pliego 3D and finally Turiasaurus, printed with thermo chromic ink that changes color when subjected to temperature changes.

Ankylosaurus on stamp of Spain 2016
The Europelta lived about 110 million years ago and is a type of dinosaur Ankylosaurus, ie battleship. It was small, no more than a meter tall and fed on the plants growing in the muddy Teruel area (so far the only place where fossils of this dinosaur are found) was more than 100 million years ago.
Tyrannosaurus on stamp of Spain 2016
The European Pelecaniminus was a theropod dinosaur. The only place where its fossils are found is Cuenca. Its average length ranges of two meters and its weight could reach 25 kilos. This ornitomimosauriano had a long beak like his head and had a bag underneath, like the pelicans, perhaps, to keep capturing prey. He had more teeth than other members of their species, particularly about 220. At the top of his head protruded a small ridge and is believed to be omnivorous.
Triceratops on stamp of Spain 2016
The Proa is an unusual basal iguanodóntido whose unique feature is the presence of a pre-dental single peak in their group. Seems that it was herbivorous and measured seven to eight meters in length. He lived in the mid-Cretaceous period some 112 million years ago and its remains were found at the lignite mine Santa Maria in Ariño (Teruel) in 2010.
Ankylosaurus on stamp of Spain 2016
Turiasaurus was a sauropod with large and sturdy limbs that lived in the late Jurassic period about 145 million years ago. It seems that the Turiasaurus riodevensis could weigh 40 tons and measuring about 30 meters long, exceeding the size of any dinosaur found in Europe and ranking among the largest supersaurópodos the world."
Carmen Alvarez Casanova


Commemorative post marks

FDC Mini Sheet with some illustration on the margins
Dinosaurs on FDC of Spain 2016
Tyrannosaurus on Mini Sheet of Spain 2016

References: Correos Spain


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