2019 55¢ Tyrannosaurus Rex
Value: 55¢ 1-ounce First-class rate (Forever)
Issue Date: August 29, 2019
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Type of Stamp: Commemorative
Printed by: Banknote Corporation of America
Printing Method: Flexo, Lenticular
Format: Pane of 16
Quantity Printed: 50,000,000
In 2019, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History introduced a new Tyrannosaurus rex exhibit. It featured the specimen known as the "Nation's T. rex," feeding on a Triceratops.
The Nation's T. rex was discovered in Fort Peck Reservoir, Montana, in 1988 by rancher Kathy Wankel. The Tyrannosaurus rex was originally named the "Wankel rex" and was excavated by paleontologist Jack Horner and his team. The dig took two years, after which the dinosaur was moved to Montana's Museum of the Rockies. In 2014, the Smithsonian secured a 50-year contract allowing them to display the Wankel rex in Washington, DC.
The National Museum of Natural History sent the fossilized bones to Research Casting International in Ontario, Canada. The Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton spent four years there, where it was built a custom metal display frame for its return to Washington. At the same time, the Smithsonian was also updating the David H. Koch Hall of Fossils – Deep Time.
On June 8, 2019, both the Nation's T. rex exhibit and the renovated fossil hall were opened to the public for the first time. In honor of the event, the USPS released a set of four Tyrannosaurus rex Forever stamps. They were fitting tributes to this unforgettable and influential dinosaur.