Stamp Services

Stamp Announcement 19-28: Tyrannosaurus Rex Stamps


On August 29, 2019, in Washington, DC, the United States Postal Service® will issue the Tyrannosaurus Rex stamps (Forever® priced at the First-Class Mail® rate) in four designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive pane of 16 stamps (Item 479200). The stamps will go on sale nationwide August 29, 2019, and must not be sold or canceled before the first-day-of-issue. The Tyrannosaurus Rex pane of 16 stamps may not be split and the stamps may not be sold individually.

The Postal Service™ brings Tyrannosaurus rex to life some 66 million years after its demise with four designs, which include:

n A face-to-face encounter with a T. rex approaching through a forest clearing,

n The same young adult T. rex with a young Triceratops shown in fossil form,

n A newly hatched T. rex covered with downy feathers, and

n 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 on display at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamps with original artwork by scientist and paleoartist Julius T. Csotonyi.

Availability to Post Offices: Item 479200, Tyrannosaurus Rex (Forever Priced at the First-Class Mail Rate) Commemorative Pane of 16 Stamps

Stamp Fulfillment Services will make an automatic push distribution to Post Offices of a quantity to cover approximately 30 days of sales. Distribution quantities for the automatic push distribution will be available by logging on to SFS Web at Post Offices may begin ordering stamps on the first-day-of-issue through SFS Web; offices must also check the amount they will receive on their automatic push distribution.

How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark

Customers have 120 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office™ or at The Postal Store® website at They must affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

FDOI – Tyrannosaurus Rex Stamps
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark up to a quantity of 50. There is a 5-cent charge for each additional postmark over 50. All orders must be postmarked by December 29, 2019.

How to Order First-Day Covers

The Postal Service also offers first-day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the USA Philatelic publication and online at Customers may register to receive a free USA Philatelic publication online at

Locally produced items are not authorized. Only merchandise that has been approved and assigned an item number by Headquarters Retail Marketing may be produced and sold.



Tyrannosaurus Rex Stamps

Item Number:


Denomination &
Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever


Pane of 16 (4 designs)



Issue Date & City:

August 29, 2019, Washington, DC 20066

Art Director:

Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA


Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA


Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA


Julius Csotonyi, Vancouver, British Columbia


Sandra Lane/Michelle Finn

Manufacturing Process:

Flexo, Lenticular


Banknote Corporation of America

Press Type:

Gallus RCS

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

50,000,000 stamps

Paper Type:

Phosphor, Block Tagged

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Banknote Corporation of America


Black, Yellow, Rubine Red, Cyan

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.42 x 1.085 in/36.068 x 27.559 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.56 x 1.225 in/39.624 x 31.115 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

7.9 x 7.15 in/200.66 x 181.61 mm

Press Sheet Size (w x h):

14.3 x 23.7 in/363.22 x 601.98 mm

Plate Size:

96 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“B” followed by four (4) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Header: TYRANNOSAURUS REX • Plate numbers in bottom 2 corners


©2019 USPS • USPS Logo • Two barcodes (479200) • Plate position diagram • Promotional text