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Portugal  2000  "Dinosaurs of Portugal" (Dinossurios em Portugal) 

Issue Date 21.02.2000 @ Amiel machine (on sale till 31.12.2001)
13.03.2000 @ SMD machine  (on sale till 31.12.2001)
ID Michel: 29-32 Scott:  Stanley Gibbons:  Yvert:   UPU:  N/A Category: pR
Author Jose Projecto
Stamps in set 4 self-adhesive ATM labels
Value Sauropod with footprints,
Size (width x height)   55x30 mm
Layout stripe of 4 self adhesive labels
Products FDC - none
Perforation none
Print Technique Offset
Printed by   Ovelar/Espanha
Quantity  N/A
Issuing Authority CTT Correios de Portugal
dinosaurs on ATM stamps of Portugal 2000

In 2000 Portugal as well as  another 15 European countries start some preparation to use a common currency -EURO.  As part of the preparations all prices on every thing are written in both local and EURO currencies till the EURO money replace local currencies in Jan. 2002. The same changes are done for the dinosaur ATM stamps too. First stamps with double currency issued on Feb. 21 at Amiel machines and on March 13 at SMD one.    

Since  November 1999 till March 2002 Post Authority of Portugal issued 3-5 various sets of machine (ATM) stamps per year.   "Dinosaurs of Portugal" stamps are one of them. Four different stamp-template depicted some dinosaurs and their footprints. Fossilized remains of all of them as well as their  footprints are found in Portugal. 

Change of postal rates on dinosaur ATM stamps of Portugal between 1999 and 2003
Year of issue
Correio normal (regulat mail)Correio Azul (priority mail)different machine of Portugal which issued dinosaur ATM stamps in 2002
Amiel machine                          SMD machine
up to 20 g.
up to
100 g.
up to 20 g.
except Spain,
up to 20 g.
Rest of the world,
up to 20 g.
up to 20 g
up to 20 g.
2000*50.00$ / €0.25*85.00$ / €0.42*95.00$ / €0.45*100.00$ / €0.50*140.00$ / €0.70*80.00$ / €0.42*350.00$ / €1.75
  1. Distinguished  from year 1999, in 2000 Escudo 85 stamps was available at ATM machines,  as well as at philatelic desks of  Portuguese Post.
  2. Amiel and SMD ATM machines at Philatelic Service Center programmed differently as similar machines at Post Offices. Stamps are issued by ATM machines at Philatelic Service Center used  a point (".") as Euro value separator (€0.25 for example). ATM machines at Post Offices used  a coma (",") as Euro value separator (€0,25 for example).  Stamps with coma are more difficult to get and are more expensive according to Afinsa, national stamp catalogue. 
Similar to 1999, these stamps were on sale in two different ATM machine: AMIEL and SMD.  The printing looks very similar  in both machines , but the Euro symbol is different.  The Euro symbol on the SMD stamps it  is more round  than on AMIEL stamps. Moreover, stamps issued by Amiel machine uses bold and larger text. (Compare to stamps from 1999, text on dinosaur ATM  stamps  of Amiel machine from 2000 is bit smaller). Stamps of are issued by SMD machine had smaller and thin text on it

Zoomed Amiel face value
Zoomed  SMD face value

Here are some examples:
Stamp issued by Amiel machine  Stamp issued by SMD machine

Amiel dinosaur ATM stamp, Portugal 2000

SMD  dinosaur ATM stamp, Portugal 2000

Related:   Portugal 2000 "Examples of circulated covers"   Portugal 2000  "Stamp variations"   #  Portugal 1999  "Dinosaurs of Portugal"   Portugal 2002 "Dinosaurs of Portugal"

Supplying materials

Circulated covers
FDC of dinosaur ATM stamps of Portugal 2000 used letters with dinosaur ATM stamps of Portugal 2000
Stamps variations (blank, test, all face values etc.)
Stamps variations (blank, test, all face values etc.)
Currency conversion error  on dinosaur ATM stamps of Portugal 2000 Value error  on dinosaur ATM stamps of Portugal 2000

   Many thanks to fellow stamp collectors Vitor Vieira  and  José Lalanda Jorge  from Portugal, for his help to find some information about these stamps and who share scans of some stamps and covers.

ReferencesAtms Portugal ATM-World


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