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Ireland  1999  "Extinct Irish Animals" (self-adhesive)

Issue Date 11.10.1999
ID Michel: 1192-1195 Scott: 1209-1212 Stanley Gibbons:  Yvert: 1196-1199  UPU:  N/A Category: pR
Author Finbarr O'Connor
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
Products FDC x1
Paper phosphor tagging (stamps only)
Perforation 14 x 15
Print Technique Lithography multicolour with
Printed by  Irish Security Stamp Printing Ltd
Quantity

60,000 stripes of 4 stamps + box of 100 stamps 6 Mio

Issuing Authority Îrish Post
Mammoth and giant deer among extinct irish animals on self adhesive stamps of Ireland 1999

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.

Wolf on extinct irish animals stamp of Ireland 1999The 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
Eurasia.
Brown bear on extinct irish animals stamp of Ireland 1999The 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.
Mammoth on extinct irish animals stamp of Ireland 1999Fossilised 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. Giant deer on extinct irish animals stamp of Ireland 1999Although 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.

Products

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

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