|Michel: 2707-2712, BL. 49 Scott: Stanley Gibbons: Yvert: UPU: GB015.09 Category: Dw
|The self-adhesive stamps are designed by hat-trick Design The conventionally gummed miniature sheet is designed by Howard Brown The Prestige Stamp Book is designed by Howard Brown with text by Eugene Byrne.
|Stamps in set
|10: self-adhesive stamps x6 + Mini-sheet with 4 stamps
1st class - Charles Darwin;
48p - Zoology (Marine Iguana);
50p - Ornithology (Galapagos Finches);
56p Geology (Pacific Atoll);
72p - Botany (Bee Orchid);
81p Anthropology (Orang-utan).
Charles Darwin, finches and bee orchid 2009, The Natural History Museum, London; Cocos (Keeling) Islands Karen Willshaw - Undersea Reflections, Cocos (Keeling) Islands; marine iguana Tui De Roy, Roving Tortoise Nature Photography; orang-utan Frans Lanting/Corbis
Miniature Sheet. Stamps showing some of the unique wildlife of the Galapagos Islands.
1st class - Flightless Cormorant
1st class - Giant Tortoise and Cactus Finch
81p - Marine Iguana
81p - Floreana Mockingbird
The animals are shown against the background of the map produced on the Beagle mission.
Galapagos Islands map Crown Copyright. Reproduced by permission of the UK Hydrographic Office; images of the flightless cormorant, giant tortoise, cactus finch, marine iguana and Floreana mockingbird Tui De Roy, Roving Tortoise Nature
|Size (width x height)
stamps 35x33mm plus the 'puzzle'-type tab,
Mini-sheet size 115 x 89mm, with stamps 41 x 30mm.
|self adhesive sheet of 25 and 50
|FDC x MC PP x1
|self-adhesive stamps: Gravure Mini-sheet: lithography
|Walsall Security Printers
|Royal Mail of Great Britai
Zoology (48p) is represented by a photograph of a Marine Iguana, just like the uniquely adapted reptiles observed on the Beagle Voyage.
Ornithology (50p) the Galapagos Finches that demonstrated variation through the shapes of their bills
Geology (56p) a Pacific atoll
Botany (72p) an illustration of a bee orchid
Anthropology (81p) an orang-utan like the one Darwin studied in London Zoo
The town of Darwins birth, Shrewsbury, has been selected as the postmark for this issue. Inside leading science historian Professor Dorothy Porter provides an explanation of Darwins tree of life.
|Some personalized FDCs
Presentation PackThe Presentation Pack is a fold out design is packed with Professors Dorothy Porters insight into Darwins life and the influences that led to his theory of Natural Selection. It contains all six Darwin Mint Stamps and the Miniature Sheet.
Coin CoverRoyal Mail and the Royal Mint have produced an exceptionally fine Coin Cover for this issue, featuring the six Darwin stamps. Designed by Thyme Design Associates, it contains a six-page insert card featuring the Miniature Sheet and Royal Mints 2 Commemorative Coin.
The obverse of the coin is designed by Ian Rank-Broadley, while the reverse designed by Suzie Zamit, features a profile of Darwin facing an ape. The edge inscription on the coin reads; On The Origin of Species 1859.
Prestige BookletThe Prestige Stamp Book includes a fascinating account by noted writer Eugene Byrne who provides his own take on Darwins life, influences and legacy to discover how this Shropshire lad became perhaps the worlds greatest naturalist.
It contains four panes of stamps; two of the panes include three of each of the Darwin stamps in a unique gummed format, the third features the whole Miniature Sheet, and the final pane is of mixed definitive stamps.
Philatelic Bureau Official Postmark
|Ref FD906 Shrewsbury Official Postmark "I am turned into a short of machine for observing facts and grinding out conclusions."
Darwin Road, London W5 (Adapted Christian Fish symbol)
Charles Darwin, Shrewsbury
Charles Darwin's Theory of Evolution, Cambridge
|Ref L11241 - Darwin, Bletchley Park Post Office, Milton Keynes
Darwin House, Birmingham
Darwin's Finch, Downe Orpington
|Ref L11247 Carlton
House Terrace, London SW1
(location of the Royal Society)
Marine Iguana, Regent's Park London NW1
Charles Darwin, Shrewsbury
|Ref W11263 The Beagle Project, Lawrenny, Pembrokeshire (not M11263)
|L11248 Piccadilly, London W1 (location of the Linnean Society of London)
|W11264 (not W11263)
HMS Beagle, Plymouth
|L11244 Friends of the Earth, London N1
'On the Origin of Species', Downe, Orptington, Kent
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