USA 2022 "Monument Valley"
Art director: Mr. Greg Breeding,
Artist: Mr. Dan Cosgrove.
|Stamps in set
|| $8.95 - Priority Mail - a scene from Monument Valley in Utah
|Size (width x height)
||39.624mm x 31.115mm
||Mini-Sheets of 4 stamps
||Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag
||Ashton Potter Ltd., USA
On February 14th
, 2022 the Post Authority of USA - USPS, issued two very high value stamps:
"Palace of Fine Arts" for Priority Mail Express with the face value of $26.25 and
"Monument Valley" for Priority Mail with the face value of $8.95.
Both stamps were issued in Panes (Mini-Sheets) of 4.
Commemorative postmarks for official FDC with stamp of Monument Valley in Utah of USA 2022.
With this Priority Mail stamp, the Postal Service celebrates Monument Valley, an iconic landscape of the American West.
Reminiscent of a vintage travel poster, this stamp features artwork that emphasizes the vast stone formations
of Monument Valley while highlighting the vivid colors of the sky, the earth and the area’s distinctive plant life.
Artist Dan Cosgrove created the digital illustration for the stamp based on photographs of Monument Valley,
including a view facing northwest at sunrise.
Known to the Navajo as Tsé Bii' Ndzisgaii, Monument Valley is part of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, which includes nearly
92,000 acres on the border of Utah and Arizona.
Although the most famous View of the valley spans only around five square miles,
its spectacular vistas and rock formations are synonymous With the American West in the minds of people around the world.
Monument Valley has appeared in numerous movies, especially Westerns, and has served as the setting for countless television shows.
The valley is of great geological significance and according to the traditions of the Navajo, the stone formations in
Monument Valley have sacred stories to tell.
Geologically, Monument Valley is a combination of rock layers formed during the Permian and Triassic Periods
several hundred million years ago that have been subjected to differential erosion
(by which hard rocks erode more slowly than soft rocks).
The results can be quite complex and stunningly beautiful.
The first time Permian vertebrae remains of prehistoric animals who lived on the territory of
Monument Valley more than 300 million years ago, were reported in 1936.
These fossils were discovered in the Halgaito Shale near the San Juan River shortly west of the
Honaker Trail, and in the Organ Rock Shale both north of and southeast of Train Rock.
Later one, fossils were discovered in many other parts of Monument Valley:
along Lime Creek, the Valley of the Gods, Johns Canyon, the general area southeast of
Monument Pass and more.
Teeths of the ubiquitous freshwater sharks of Early Permian time, Xenacanthus
, are common in the valley.
Amphibians of both the better known labyrinthodont-kind (Eryops
and the less understood lepospondylous-kind are known from the Halgaito.
is known from several sites in the Halgaito.
One of the most complete skeleton of a sail-backed Permian synapsid predator known as
were also found in Monument Valley (Bears Ears).
Prehistoric shark Xenacanthidae on stamp of Kyrgyzstan 2012, MiNr.: 727A, Scott: 423
Eryops on stamp of Benin 1996, MiNr.: 839, Scott: 887
Diadectes absitus on postmark of Germany 2002.
Dimetrodon on stamp of Nicaragua 1987, MiNr.: 2777, Scott: 1618
On top of fossils of many Permian animals, many of their trackways were discovered in Monument Valley too.
Vertebrate trackways are abundant in the DeChelly Sandstone and are found at many localities, but large suites are
exposed only where erosion has properly planed the originally leeward slopes of aeolian dunes that make up the formation.
There is an excellent site just west of Tsegi-ot-sosi Canyon.
|the Pane (Mini Sheet)
||Official FDC (standard and digital color FDC postmarks)
Many thanks to
Dr. Peter Voice
from Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Western Michigan University,
for the draft page review and his very valuable comments.