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New Zealand 1993 "Dinosaurs"

Issue Date 01.10.1993
ID Michel: 1314, 1315-1319, Bl.39, 39I  Scott: 1180-1184, 1184a    Stanley Gibbons:  1762-1767, 1768 Yvert: 1247-1251, 1252, 90, 92  UPU: N/A Category: pR
Author Geoffrey Cox, Auckland, NZ
Stamps in set 6
Value 45c    -  Booklet stamp
45c    -  Sauropod
80c    -  Pterosaur
$1.0   -  Ankylosaur
$1.20 -  Mauisaurus
$2.80 -  Carnosaur
Size (width x height) 28 x 40 mm, Block 124 x 99 mm
Layout 100 stamps in sheet
Products FDC x 2   Block x 2 Booklet 1
Paper Harrison and Sons, red phosphor coated, unwatermarked
Perforation heet stamps: 13.5; Booklet stamps: 12; Miniature Sheet stamp: 14.5 x 14
Print Technique


Printed by Southern Colour Print, Dunedin, New Zealand
Issuing Authority New Zealand Post

For 165 million years dinosaurs ruled the earth with unparalleled strength and power. To date, some 500 types of dinosaur have been identified, but this is believed to be only a fraction of the species that actually existed. They came in all shapes and sizes (some were as small as chickens, while some were as tall as five-storey buildings) and they displayed a wide range of social behaviour patterns (some were gentle in nature and ate plant life, while others were violent and threatening, and ate those that ate the plant life!). The name 'dinosaur' originates from a combination of two Greek words: 'deinos' meaning terrible and 'sauros' meaning lizard. It is these 'terrible lizards' - in particular those that once walked on New Zealand soil - that are the subject of this stamp issue.

  45c - Booklet stamp

This stamp design illustrates a carnosaur about to attack a sauropod



  45c - Sauropod

A giant herbivore that used its long giraffe-like neck to graze on lush tree top vegetation. Apatosaurus (also called brontosaurus) and diplodocus are among the best known of this group of dinosaur.

  80c - Pterosaur

The pterosaurs were the first animals (other than insects) to take to the air and fly. Their wings were large membranes of skin which measured four metres across. The pterosaurs diet consisted of fish and other marine life.


$1.0 - Ankylosaur

Up to three metres long and weighing around half a tonne, the herbivorous ankylosaur was well protected from predators with a heavy bone armour which plated its back and head.


  $1.20 - Mauisaurus
Mauisaurus was a plesiosaur - a marine reptile that swum with its head above the water and fed on fish and other prey. Measuring nine metres long, mauisaurus was the largest plesiosaur to be found in New Zealand waters.

$2.80 - Carnosaur

The large meat-eating carnosaur was among the most terrifying of all dinosaurs. It walked on its hind legs, had powerful clawed hands and may have been capable of speeds of up to 40 or 50 kilometres per hour!




Mint Block

Exhibition Block with overprint


This colourful miniature sheet incorporates the $1.50 stamp from the issue and depicts a lively scene showing a conflict between two carnosaurs and a pair of hypsilophodonts


Between 1-10 October 1993 stamp collectors, postal administrations and exhibitors flocked to Thailand to attend Bangkok '93 World Philatelic Exhibition. New Zealand Post produced an overprinted 1993 Dinosaur miniature sheet to commemorate the event.

Used on cover





Some books about Dinosaurs and other anticient reptiles of New Zealand.

Dinosaurs of Australia and New Zealand and Other Animals of the Mesozoic Era

Amazon: USA

Reptiles Of New Zealand, including: Dinosaurs Of New Zealand

Amazon: USA

References:  New Zealand Post


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