America's Favorite Dinosaur Lives Again on Upcoming USPS Stamps

America's Favorite Dinosaur Lives Again on Upcoming USPS Stamps

U.S. Postal Service Issuing Tyrannosaurus Rex Forever Stamps Aug. 29


With this pane of 16 stamps, the Postal Service brings Tyrannosaurus rex to life — some 66 million years after its demise. The Tyrannosaurus rex will prowl again at the stamp dedication ceremony on Thursday, August 29, 2019 at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. The ceremony is free and open to the public. News of the T. rex stamp is being shared with the hashtag #USPSTRexStamps.

Tyrannosaurus rex dominated the tail end of the dinosaur age. A recent surge in discoveries has revolutionized our understanding of the fierce carnivore. The new issues feature four dynamic designs on a pane of 16 stamps, depicting the awe-inspiring dinosaur in growth stages from infancy to adulthood. 

T-Rex Stamp Images-1

One design illustrates a face-to-face encounter with a T. rex approaching through a forest clearing; another shows the same young adult T. rex with a young Triceratops — both dinosaurs shown in fossil form. The third and fourth stamps depict a newly hatched T. rex covered with downy feathers and a bare-skinned juvenile T. rex chasing a primitive mammal.

“The Nation’s T. rex,” the young adult depicted on two of the stamps, was discovered on federal land in Montana and is one of the most studied and important specimens ever found. Its remains are now exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamps with original artwork by scientist and paleoartist Julius T. Csotonyi.

The first day of issue dedication ceremony will take place on Thursday, August 29, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. The ceremony, located in Baird Auditorium at the Museum of National History, will feature remarks from

  • Isaac Cronkhite, chief human resources officer and executive vice president, U.S. Postal Service and dedicating official
  • Kirk Johnson, director, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
  • Julius Csotonyi, paleoart and scientific illustration, T-Rex stamp artist, and creator and contributor to new Smithsonian Dinosaur exhibit
  • Matthew Carrano, curator of “Dinosauria,” Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

The Tyrannosaurus Rex stamps are being issued as Forever stamps. Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

Customers may purchase stamps and other philatelic products through The Postal Store at usps.com/shop, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic or at Post Office locations nationwide.

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Curious about the Tyrannosaurus rex on stamps? They're more common than you'd think! Here are just a few for comparison:

1955 San Marino 5-lire Tyrannosaurus1992 $4 Dominica Tyrannosaurus rex 1999 Scott 3191k - US 33c Jurassic Park front & back  CTC 1990s - 3 in 2012 Turkey 2-lira 'T Rex'  lenticular stamp-1

  1. San Marino Scott 616 was issued on June 30, 1965.
  2. Commonwealth of Dominica Scott 1474, issued on June 23, 1992.
  3. US Scott 3191k was printed between 1998 and 2001 to "Celebrate the Century 1990s" - specifically, the popular film Jurassic Park.
  4. Turkey Scott A980a was issued on June 5, 2012 for World Environment Day, and includes a three dimensional hologram effect. 
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