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New Zealand 2010 "Ancient Reptiles of New Zealand"

Issue Date 03.03.2010
ID Michel: 2670-2679 Scott: Stanley Gibbons: Yvert: UPU: NZ009.10 Category: pR
Author Stamps and coins are produced by Eklektus Inc. Graphic design was created by The Alchemist, the coin cases by Izzat Design, and illustrations and writing by Eric Dorfman.
Stamps in set 5 mint + 5 self adhensive imperforated
Value 50c - Allosaurus
$1.00 - Anhanguera
$1.80 - Titanosaurus
$2.30 - Moanasaurus
$2.80 - Mauisaurus
Size (width x height) 52 x 37.5 mm
Layout 20 stamps in sheet
Products FDC x 1 PP x1 , Gummed and self adhensive, Silver coins
Paper Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper
Perforation 14.40 x 14.60
Print Technique

offset lithography

Printed by Southern Colour Print, Dunedin, New Zealand
Issuing Authority New Zealand Post
Ancient Reptiles of New Zealand on stamps of New Zealand 2010

In 2010 New Zealand celebrates incredible extinct natural heritage with over sized mint and self adhesive stamps as well as five amazing coins. Mint stamps issued in individual sheets of 20 and numbered mini sheet of all 5 stamps . This special sheet sold in limited edition pack only. Self adhesive stamps issued in sheets of 5 stamps only.
These species disappeared 65 million years ago, but with a little help from New Zealand Post, you can see what it might have been like to meet them face to face.
Eric Dorfman (Eklektus Inc) and Hamish Campbell (GNS Science) on launch day at New Zealand's National Museum (Te Papa)
A hundred million years ago, New Zealand's land formed the eastern margin of the southern super-continent of Gondwanaland. Separated by ocean, "Zealandia" had its own group of dinosaurs, pterosaurs (flying reptiles) and giant marine reptiles that thrived here for 20 million years. The Ancient Reptiles of New Zealand stamp and coin issue explores the behaviour and habitats of this exceptional group of animals, as if an explorer has travelled back in time and observed them directly. Illustrations on the stamps and coins are "field sketches" reconstructions based on the most up-to-date information on animal behavior, ecology and New Zealand paleontology.

50c - Allosaurus

Allosaurus on stamp of New Zealand 2010At 12 metres long, Allosaurus was the largest meat eater on land in the region. It was at the top of the food chain and,it has been suggested,had a cooperative social behaviour, hunting in packs, much like lions do today. It was able to open its jaws extremely widely, allowing it to attack large prey.

$1.00 - Anhanguera

Anhanguera on stamp of New Zealand 2010This pterosaur was the most common flying reptile in Zealandia. Fish eaters with a five-metre wingspan, they formed large coastal nesting colonies, similar to the seabirds of our time. They laid leathery eggs, and the flight centres in the brains of the young developed well before hatching, suggesting that they could fly from birth.

$1.80 - Titanosaurus

Titanosaurus on stamp of New Zealand 2010Titanosaurus was the last descendant of the giant sauropods. It was small for a member of this group of dinosaurs, just 14 metres long, but was still massive and weighed about 13 tonnes. It was tall enough to browse the treetops and large ferns, travelling as part of an extensive herd to protect itself from predators.

$2.30 - Moanasaurus

Moanasaurus on stamp of New Zealand 2010The mosasaurs (including Moanasaurus) were the top predators of the shallow coasts of Zealandia. At 12 metres long, with a 78-centimetre long skull, Moanasaurus would have been a fearsome predator, undulating its snake-like body through the water a little like a crocodile with paddled feet. Although mosasaurs were widespread across the world, Moanasaurus was specific to this region.

$2.80 - Mauisaurus

Mauisaurus on stamp of New Zealand 2010Mauisaurus was a 20-metre marine reptile (plesiosaur), the largest of its kind in the world. It was an "elasmosaur", the type of plesiosaur with a tiny head and very long neck. This meant that, for all its size, its diet was restricted to small fish and squid in the shallow coastal waters in which it lived.

FDC Presentation Pack

Ancient Reptiles of New Zealand on FDC of New Zealand 2010

Ancient Reptiles of New Zealand on Presentation Pack of New Zealand 2010

Mini Sheet of self adhesive stamps Numbered gummed Miniature Sheet specifically designed for limited edition pack

Ancient Reptiles of New Zealand on self adhesive stamps of New Zealand 2010

Ancient Reptiles of New Zealand on limited edition of mint stamps of New Zealand 2010

References: New Zealand Post


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