Stanley Gibbons: Yvert:
|Stamps in set
|Size (width x height)
||57.6 mm x 40.9 mm
||Sheets of 16 and sheet of 12 stamps (Anquilosaurus)
scales texture, R.A.,
||Correos Y Telegrafos SA
On May 7, 2015, Post
Authority of Spain issued the first stamps of Dinosaurs. 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
of the dinosaurs shown on the stamps are "classical", well known to
wide public, but fossils of none of them are found in Spain. The
dinosaurs are depicting at "children draw" style, another
weakness of these stamps is the price. Euro 2 each it 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.
stamps, as well as the book "A dinosaur in your mailbox",
presented to a public on 47º
Expo National stamp fair in Madrid. This year, the main theme of the fair was
to these prehistoric animals, with the intention of attracting the
children and young people in addition to those interested in philately.
|Images above are from Dinoweb website
Official description of these stamps is:
"The Earth was once inhabited by
strange prehistoric creatures that suddenly died out around 65 million
years ago. They were the dinosaurs or "terrible lizards", a compound
Greek word first used by scientist Richard Owen in 1842. This stamp
series will continue next year and is issued using novel printing
techniques such as phosphorescent stamps, scale textures, 3D and
Augmented Reality (AR).
The Ankylosaurus or "fused lizard" had
skin and a tail ending in a kind of club. It could measure up to 9
metres long and weigh 6 tonnes. It was a quadruped, with the hind legs
longer than the forelegs, a low, very wide body, and a wide triangular
head. It was a herbivore with small teeth and no molars..
Tyrannosaurus was one of the largest
the most famous dinosaur. It could reach over 12 metres long and weigh
8 tonnes. It had an enormous skull and a long, heavy tail with over 40
vertebrae which helped to balance its body. A bipedal carnivore, its
upper limbs were small while its legs were very long in proportion to
its body. It was an excellent hunter with a short, muscular, S-shaped
Triceratops , or "three-horned face", is
distinguished by the frill on the back of its skull and its three
horns, one on the snout and two over the eyes, which could be over one
metre long. It had a large, robust body and four sturdy legs. Its head
was a third of its length. It was a herbivore.
Diplodocus was one of the longest dinosaurs
up to 36 metres. It had four sturdy legs, slightly shorter in the front
than the rear, a long neck and an extremely long, whip-like tail.
dominated the Earth during the Mesozoic or Secondary era. Although now
extinct, the fossils found on every continent and the work of
scientists have enabled us to discover how these animals lived."
written by Yolanda Stephanie.
Library of Postal and Telegraph Museum
||Mini Sheet with
some illustration on the margins
Dinoweb, Correos Spain
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