|ID||Michel: 1192-1195 Scott: 1209-1212 Stanley Gibbons: Yvert: 1196-1199 UPU: N/A Category: pR|
|Stamps in set||4 self adhesive|
|Value||30p x4: Giant Deer, Mammoth, Wolf, Brown Bear|
|Size (width x height)||37.5mmx26mm|
|Layout||stripe of 4, box of 100 stamps|
|Paper||phosphor tagging (stamps only)|
|Perforation||14 x 15|
|Print Technique||Lithography multicolour with|
|Printed by||Irish Security Stamp Printing Ltd|
60,000 stripes of 4 stamps + box of 100 stamps 6 Mio
|Issuing Authority||Îrish Post|
On October 11, 1999, Post Authority of
Ireland issued set of four stamps "Extinct Irish Animals" that shows
two extinct and two prehistoric
animals: Mammoth and Giant Deer. These stamps issued
in mint sheet of 16 and mini sheet of 4 stamps, as
well as box of 100 self
adhesive stamps, where all stamps are printed in a stripe.
Following on from 1998 years Endangered Animals issue, stamp artist, Finbarr O'Connor has this year produced an equally exciting and colorful series of stamps featuring four animals which are now extinct in Ireland - the Wolf, the Brown Bear, the Mammoth and the Giant Irish Deer.
Distinguished from mint stamps, self-adhesive once issued in stripe rather than two se-tenant pairs. Another difference, all self-adhesive stamps have the same face value of 30p.
|The wolf (Canis lupus) was living in
Ireland before man arrived and
remained here until the beginning of the eighteenth century. Wolves
were quite common in wilder regions of Ireland up to the end of the
Middle Ages, when hunting and the destruction of their natural hab itat
led to their rapid decline. They are still found in North America and
the mountains of
|The brown bear (Ursus arctos) was also present in Ireland when man first arrived around 10,000 years ago and it is thought that the clearance of forests may have led to the animal becoming extinct here. Up to a few hundred years ago, brown bears inhabited the forests of northem Europe but are now in decline.|
|Fossilised bones, dated to around 33,000 years ago, con?nn the presence of the mammoth (Mammuthus piimigenius) in Ireland around this time. The woolly mammoth was about the same size as a modern African elephant and had a thick two-layered coat of brown hair. After the last major cold phase of the Ice Age, about 20,000 years ago, mamrnoths became extinct here.||Although the giant Irish deer
(Megaloceros giganteus) first
appearedjaround the same time as the mammoth, this animal is especially
associated with a warm period about 12,000 years ago. The male of the
species was about 2 metres tall at the shoulder with huge antlers.
Since the antlers were discarded and re-grown every year, the animal
had to eat large quantities
of calcium-rich vegetation to sustain itself.
FDC(The first day cover, which features the now extinct male arctic fox (Alopex lagopus) in summer coat, is also designed by Finbarr O'Connor.)
References: Inside text of FDC
Latest update 06.11.2017
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