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Singapore  1998  "Dinosaurs" 

Isue Date 22.04.1998
ID Michel:  874-876 Scott: 831-833 Stanley Gibbons: 916-918 Yvert: 846-848  UPU: N/A Category: pR
Author Designer: Nicodemus Loh, Graphic designer: Elsie Koh
Stamps in set 3 (self-adhesive ATM)
Value No value indicator, for local post only (22c)
 Motives x3:
Size (width x height) 24.67mm x 31.2mm
Sheet (self-adhesive) size: 74mm x 156mm
Layout 15 stamps per sheet
Products FDC x 1  MS x1
Paper Unwatermarked
Perforation Die-Cut (imperforated)
Print Technique Rotogravure
Printed by Avery Dennison
Quantity  7,500,000
Issuing Authority Singapore Post
Dinosaurs on stamps of Singapore 1998

Dinosaurs are probably the best-known prehistoric life. Their dynasty
started 230 million years ago, in the Mesozoic Era, from the Late Triassic until the end of Cretaceous, a total of 165 million years.
Two groups of dinosaurs existed, the saurischian (or lizard-hipped
dinosaurs) and the ornithischiun (or bird-hipped dinosaurs), and they can be plant or meat-eaters. Many myths and legends have been told about the dinosaurs. Some are based on facts, others no more than guess work. The three dinosaurs featured here are from different family groups and lived in different periods. Fossil findings shows that all existed in North America during the Mesozoic.
The sheet 15 stamps was sold exclusively via OCBC (Oversea Chinese Banking Corporation) ATMs for limited period of time. Within that period, two different designs(back of the sheet) were issued. They were designed with exactly the same dimensions(156mmx74mm) as the currency note of SGD 50 and very thin (less than 0.13mm ) so that they can be issued through the same aperture. (New notes with a different dimensions were issued in 1999)

There were only 2 such issues, the other was Palm Tree issued in 1993. They were issued through arrangement by the bank with Singapore Post.

Pentucerutops dinosaur on stamp of Singapore 1998 Apatosaurus dinosaur on stamp of Singapore 1998 Albertosuurus dinosaur on stamp of Singapore 1998
The Pentucerutops ("five horned face") belongs to the family of  Cerutopsidae. They looked like the rhinoceros and were plant-eaters with huge heads, bulky bodies and heavy limbs and hoo?ike claws. Most had two long brow homs and a short nose horn or vice versa. It is believed that Cetaopsides roamed in herds browsing on low-growing vegetation. The four-legged dinosaur existed in the Late Cretaceous period and could grow to 6m long. The Apatosaurus ("deceptive lizard") was from the family of
Diplodocidae. The Diplodocids stood highest at the hips, earing weight upon their elephantine limbs with short broad "hands" and feet. The Apatosaurus were plant-eaters which existed in the Late Iurassic period, and were very large with long whiplash tail and long neck. It was one of the longest dinosaurs with small heads, sloping with eyes far back and peg-like teeth only at the front of the jaws for cutting soft leaves. It was huge and could grow up to 21m long, 4.5m high at the shoulder and weighed more than 20,000 kg!
The Albertosuurus ("Alberta lizards") was related to the Tyrannosaurus (or T-rex) featured in the movies. It came from the family of Tyrunnosauridae (tyrant lizards) which had a huge head, with semi-forwarding facing eyes in some long, curved and, saw-edged fangs in jaws big enough to swallow animals as big as humans. They were fierce predatory animal that ran fast and they would lunge with their heads to take "scoop bites" from their victims bodies. Albertosuurus existed in the Late Cretaceous
period and could grow up to 8m long and probably weighed over 2,000 kg.


FDC (Inside text is here) Used covers

Dinosaurs on FDC of Singapore 1998

Mini Sheet (the MS is available with two different back sides, the brown one is less common.

Mini Sheet with Dinosaurs of Singapore 1998

Back side of Mini Sheet with Dinosaurs of Singapore 1998

Acknowledgement:  Many thanks to fellow stamp collector Ai Lyn Lim from Singapore, for her help to find some additional information about these stamps.  

References:  Inside text of and FDC


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