Tyrannosaurus rex dominated the tail end of the dinosaur age. A recent surge in discoveries has revolutionized our understanding of the fierce carnivore. With this pane of 16 stamps in four designs, the U.S. Postal Service® brings the latest findings to light and, through action-enabling printing technology, vividly brings “the Nation’s T. rex” to life—some 66 million years after its demise.
Two of the stamp designs vividly portray “the Nation’s T. rex,” employing eye-catching lenticular printing, in which several images are divided into thin, alternating parallel lines and overlaid with a transparent film of long parallel lenses. Motion or 3D illusions result from changing the viewing angle. One animated design simulates a face-to-face encounter with a charging T. rex. The other shows the same young adult T. rex with a juvenile Triceratops; animation reveals each dinosaur in both fleshed-out and fossil forms. The other two stamps depict a newly hatched T. rex covered with downy feathers and a bare-skinned juvenile chasing a primitive mammal.
At the bottom-left or -right of each stamp, the term “T. rex” is printed in bold white italics. Reading vertically upwards, “Forever USA” appears at top-left or -right, in smaller capitalized type, also in white.
Due to its ferocity and immensity, T. rex lives on in the imagination like no other dinosaur. With powerful jaws packed in its four-foot-long skull and banana-sized teeth serrated like steak knives, T. rex could bite easily through the flesh and hefty bones of even large dinosaur prey. Its full-grown weight was six to ten tons. Its maximum length was about 40 feet.
The fossil of the young adult portrayed on two of the stamps—in skeletal and fleshed-out renderings—was discovered on federal land in Montana. It has become one of the most studied and important tyrannosaur specimens ever found. The awe-inspiring remains are on display at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, for the wonderment of millions of visitors each year.
Art director Greg Breeding designed the pane with original artwork by scientist and paleoartist Julius T. Csotonyi.
These stamps, titled Tyrannosaurus Rex, are being issued as Forever® stamps. These Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price.
Made in the USA.
SKUs featured on this page: 479204
|Issue:||Tyrannosaurus Rex Stamps|
|Denomination & Type of Issue:||First-Class Mail Forever|
|Format:||Pane of 16 (4 designs)|
|Issue Date & City:||August 29, 2019, Washington, DC 20066|
|Art Director:||Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA|
|Designer:||Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA|
|Typographer:||Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA|
|Artist:||Julius Csotonyi, Vancouver, British Columbia|
|Modeler:||Sandra Lane/Michelle Finn|
|Manufacturing Process:||Flexo, Lenticular|
|Printer:||Banknote Corporation of America|
|Press Type:||Gallus RCS|
|Stamps per Pane:||16|
|Print Quantity:||50,000,000 stamps|
|Paper Type:||Phosphor, Block Tagged|
|Processed at:||Banknote Corporation of America|
|Colors:||Black, Yellow, Rubine Red, Cyan|
|Image Area (w x h):||1.42 x 1.085 in/36.068 x 27.559 mm|
|Overall Size (w x h):||1.56 x 1.225 in/39.624 x 31.115 mm|
|Full Pane Size (w x h):||7.9 x 7.15 in/200.66 x 181.61 mm|
|Press Sheet Size (w x h):||14.3 x 23.7 in/363.22 x 601.98 mm|
|Plate Size:||96 stamps per revolution|
|Plate Numbers:||“B” followed by four (4) single digits|
|Front:||Header: TYRANNOSAURUS REX • Plate numbers in bottom 2 corners|
|Back:||©2019 USPS • USPS Logo • Two barcodes (479200) • Plate position diagram • Promotional text|
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