Royal Mail’s Dinosaur Issue Launching on 10th October

\"dianosarus\"Over the past 200 years the fossilised remains of the skeletons of the dinosaurs featured in this issue have been found in the UK, mostly in southern Britain – hence they are ‘British’ dinosaurs. Dinosaurs have not appeared on stamps since 1991 and as they are a perennially popular subject, especially with children, an examination of how they may have looked was considered to be a popular approach, but one that had to be backed up by science. The stamp designs in this issue are printed such that the creatures ‘break out’ of the self-adhesive stamp frame, so there is not a clean straight edge to the stamp.The following dinosaurs feature on the stamps:

• Polacanthus

• Ichthyosaurus

• Iguanodon

• Ornithocheirus

• Baryonyx

• Dimorphodon

• Hypsilophodon

• Cetiosaurus

• Megalosaurus

• Plesiosaurus

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This 9,000 limited-edition, individually numbered Medal Cover features all ten stamps from the ‘Dinosaurs’ set cancelled with a special postmark. It also contains a medal specially produced by the Royal Mint showing the head of a Megalosaurus – one of the dinosaurs that appears in the stamp set. Inside is a detailed and beautifully illustrated insert card which looks in depth at the discoveries of the various dinosaurs featured on the stamps as well as other fossil reptiles. It also explains how dinosaurs are reconstructed based on fossil remains using both traditional and digital techniques which combined are bringing new realism to dinosaur movement and behaviour. You will also learn about the geology of the earth and Great Britain over the past 252 million years including the Mesozoic Era which is also often referred to as the ‘Age of Reptiles’ when dinosaurs were dominant.

Technical details:Issue date: 10 October 2013 Stamps: Ten Design: Why Not Associates Stamp Format: Landscape Stamp Size: 37mm x 27mm excluding protrusions Printer: Walsall Security Printers Print Process: Gravure Sheet size: 115mm x 89mm Perforations: 13.5 x 14 Phosphor: All over Gum: Self-adhesive Number Per Sheet: 25/50

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