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South Africa Postal Services 2009 Issue
Designed by Chantelle Basson

3D Dinosaurs

The South Africa Postal Service has issued ten new stamps that have a postage value of airmail postcard rate named "3D Dinosaurs" on the 2nd of November 2009. These 10 stamps depict 5 different Dinosaurs and their 5 Skeletons. This dinosaur stamp set is also the first ever 3D effect to be issued by the South African Post Office. The method used to create this 3D effect is known as an anaglyph. An anaglyph is a stereo image that requires special glasses with red and green (or blue) lenses for 3D viewing. To achieve the effect, two views of a picture are printed in two colors, usually red for the left eye and blue or green for the right eye.

Each of the dinosaurs has an African connection and is listed in the table below.

  • Suchomimus (Top Left Dinosaur and Skeleton)
  • Jobaria (Top Middle Dinosaur and Skeleton)
  • Heterodontosaurus (Top Right Dinosaur and Skeleton)
  • Ouranosuarus (Bottom Left Dinosaur and Skeleton)
  • Afrovenator (Bottom Right Dinosaur and Skeleton)

"3D Dinosaurs" stamps can be purchased as a set of 10 or FDC's. The size of each stamp is 38mm x 28.88mm and the size of the sheet is 172mm x 233mm. They will be printed by Cartor Security Printers, France using the Offset Lithography printing process. A quantity of 150,000 sheets will be printed using 102gms paper and PVA gum.


3D Dinosaurs First Day Covers


To order these stamps or to learn more go to http://www.postoffice.co.za/ Use the Universal currency conversion tool at www.xe.com/ucc/convert.cgi to convert currency.

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