Grab your binoculars and experience New Zealand’s prehistoric reptiles as you’ve never seen them before.
In 2010 we celebrated our incredible extinct natural heritage with oversized stamps and five amazing coins. These species disappeared 65 million years ago, but with a little help from New Zealand Post, you can see what it might have been like to meet them face to face.
A hundred million years ago, our land formed the eastern margin of the southern super-continent of Gondwanaland. Separated by ocean, ‘Zealandia’ had its own group of dinosaurs, pterosaurs (flying reptiles) and giant marine reptiles that thrived here for 20 million years.
The Ancient Reptiles of New Zealand stamp and coin issue explored the behaviour and habitats of this exceptional group of animals, as if an explorer has travelled back in time and observed them directly. Illustrations on the stamps and coins were ‘field sketches’ – reconstructions based on the most up-to-date information on animal behaviour, ecology and New Zealand palaeontology.
The Ideal Presentation
These stamps were also displayed on the first day cover and oversized self-adhesive miniature sheet, whch measured 230mm x 200mm. You could discover more about the fascinating creatures featured in this issue through information on the reverse of the miniature sheet. Each miniature sheet also included a set of reptile stickers.
Discover a Lost World
You could learn more about the giant reptiles that lived in New Zealand more than 65 million years ago in a colourful three-panel presentation pack. In-depth information was created in the style of a field researcher’s notebook and accompanied by five gummed stamps, a miniature sheet, a set of stickers, a first day cover and an A2 map tracing their migration over the ancient super-continent of Gondwanaland.
Take a look at the commemorative coins that were also part of this issue. Click here to find out more.
Product Listing for Ancient Reptiles of New Zealand
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|Date of issue:||3 March 2010|
|Number of stamps:||Five gummed stamps and one self-adhesive miniature sheet|
|Denominations:||50c, $1.00, $1.80, $2.30, $2.80|
|Stamps, miniature sheet and first day cover designed by:||Eklektus Inc., Wellington, New Zealand|
|Printer and process:||Southern Colour Print Ltd by offset lithography|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours (plus red phosphor tagging on miniature sheet)|
|Stamp size and format:||52mm x 37.5mm (horizontal)|
|Miniature sheet:||230mm x 200mm|
|Paper type:||Gummed: Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper; Self-adhesive: Avery Dennison B100 PS1 Gloss Back Adhesive 210gsm|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||20|
|Perforation gauge:||Stamp sheets: 14.40 x 14.60; Miniature sheets: die cut|
|Special blocks:||Plate/imprint blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks were available in both A and B formats.|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until close of business 2 March 2011.|