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Ornithomimus Edmontonicus

Dinos of Canada

Title

Ornithomimus Edmontonicus

Denomination

PERMANENT™ (P)

Date of Issue

April 13, 2015

Year

Quantity

1,240,000

Postal Administration

Canada

Series

Dinos of Canada

Series Time Span

2015 - 2016

Perforation or Dimension

Serpentine Die Cut 13½

Printer

Lowe-Martin

Creators

Design: Andrew Perro. Photography: Judy Arndt. Illustration: Julius Csotonyi.

Layouts

Booklet of 10 stamps

Quantity Produced - 500,000
Original Price: $8.50
Dimension: 28.5 mm x 33.5 mm, 28.5 mm x 29.5 mm, 28.5 mm x 28.5 mm, 31 mm x 28.5 mm, 28.5 mm x 29.5 mm
Printing Process: Lithography in 4 colours + 1 foil

Souvenir sheet

Quantity Produced - 200,000
Original Price: $4.25
Dimension: 159 mm x 65 mm
Printing Process: Lithography in 4 colours + 1 foil + 1 emboss

Uncut press sheet of 8 souvenir sheets

Quantity Produced - 5,000
Original Price: $34.00
Dimension: 608 mm x 358 mm
Printing Process: Lithography in 4 colours + 1 foil + 1 emboss

Souvenir sheet Official First Day Cover

Quantity Produced - 15,000
Cancellation Location: Drumheller AB
Original Price: $5.25
Dimension: 191 mm x 113 mm

About Stamp

Unearthed from the Canadian bedrock, these prehistoric creatures once chomped and stomped their way through places we now call home. Brought back to life by Toronto stamp designer Andrew Perro and Vancouver-based paleoartist Julius Csotonyi, these fearsome beasts now roam from coast to coast through the mail.

Perro was thrilled to work on this issue, and he brought a sense of childhood wonder and adult fascination to the design.

“Whether being startled by them on the big screen, seeing their massive fossils in museums or reading books about them with my kids, dinosaurs have universal appeal,” says Perro. “Their existence on Earth continues to capture the imagination of young and old alike.”

Picture, if you will, the perilous land these formidable creatures once inhabited during the Late Cretaceous period. The well-armored Euoplocephalus tutus ate mostly low-growing vegetation and defended itself from predators with a clubbed tail. Foraging herds of horned Chasmosaurus belli also kept a look out for hungry meat-eaters, but there was usually safety in numbers.

The ostrich-like Ornithomimus edmontonicus – an opportunistic predator itself – used its speed to outrun pursuers or catch its own snack. Meanwhile, in the shallow coastal waters of the inland sea that once covered much of North America, the mosasaur Tylosaurus pembinensis stalked fish as the king of its own domain.

But nothing was more ferocious than Tyrannosaurus rex, the famous tyrant king of dinosaurs. The enormous carnivore, featured on the stamp and uncut press sheet, has very real ties to Canada. “Scotty,” one of the most complete T. rex skeletons ever found, was unearthed near Eastend, Saskatchewan.

Perro created a stark backdrop for these creatures from photographs of Dinosaur Provincial Park, one of Canada’s richest sources of dinosaur fossils.

“The backgrounds have the same look as traditional Canadian landscape stamps and feature the beauty of the Alberta badlands,” explains Perro. “So many dinosaurs have been found there that it’s like stepping back in time 66 million years.”

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