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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

 lithography

Printed by Southern Colour Print, Dunedin, New Zealand
Quantity
Issuing Authority New Zealand Post
Dinosaurs on stamps of New Zealand 1993

On January 10th 1993, Post authority of New Zealand issued set of 6 stamps and a Souvenir Sheet that shows various dinosaurs. One of these stamps issued in booklet of  10, other stamps issued in individual sheets of 100 stamps. The colorful 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  Dinosaur souvenir sheet to commemorate the event.

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.

Carnosaur and Sauropod on booklet stamp of New Zealand 1993  45c - Booklet stamp: Carnosaur and Sauropod

This stamp design illustrates a carnosaur about to attack a sauropod

Sauropod on stamp of New Zealand 1993  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.
Pterosaur on stamp of New Zealand 1993  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.
Ankylosaur  on stamp of New Zealand 1993$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.

Mauisaurus on stamp of New Zealand 1993  $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.

Carnosaur  on stamp of New Zealand 1993$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!



Products
FDC

Dinosaurs on FDC of New Zealand 1993

Dinosaurs on FDC of New Zealand 1993

Signed FDC (signed by stamp designed Geoffrey Cox )
Some personalized FDC

Dinosaurs on FDC of New Zealand 1993

Dinosaurs on FDC of New Zealand 1993

Booklet FDC with booklet stamps

Dinosaurs booklet stamps of New Zealand 1993

Dinosaurs on FDC of New Zealand 1993

Used cover Overprinted Souvenir Sheet

Dinosaur stamps on used cover from New Zealand

Dinosaurs booklet stamps of New Zealand 1993


References
New Zealand Post

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