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Mako Shark - Isurus Oxyrinchus


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Name Value
Date of Issue July 26, 2017
Year 2017
Quantity 8,000,000
First-Class Mail® Forever
Denomination Value $0.49
Perforation or Dimension 1.56 x 0.98 in/39.62 x 24.89 mm
Series Sharks
Series Time Span 2017
Issue Location Newport, KY 41071
Postal Administration United States

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Pane of 20 (5 Designs)

Quantity Produced - 2,000,000
Original Purchase Price: $9.80
SKU: 474504
Dimension: 7.24 x 8.00 in/183.90 x 203.20 mm
Printer: Banknote Corporation of America
Printed at: Browns Summit, NC
Printing Process: Offset, Microprint
Gum Type: Pressure-sensitive
Paper: Phosphor Tagged Paper, Block Tag
Layout Number: “B” followed by four (4) single digits
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About Stamp

This stamp features the swift, streamlined shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus) knifing through the water near the surface. Its great speed and soaring leaps, epitomizes shark athleticism.

About Stamp Series

On July 26, 2017, in Newport, KY, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Sharks stamps (Forever® priced at 49 cents), in five designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps. The stamps will go on sale nationwide July 26, 2017.

This issuance celebrates the wonder of sharks with a pane of 20 stamps featuring realistic images of five species that inhabit American waters:

  • The mako shark, represented here by a shortfin mako (Isurus oxyrinchus)
  • The whale shark (Rhincodon typus)
  • The thresher shark, here a pelagic thresher (Alopias pelagicus)
  • The hammerhead shark, this one a scalloped hammerhead (Sphyrna lewini)
  • The great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias).

On the selvage, the stamp image of the great white shark is repeated at the top of the pane. The background blue color deepens in shade as one looks down the pane, evoking inky ocean waters barely penetrated by sunlight. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp pane with original artwork by Sam Weber.

Mythologized and misunderstood, few creatures capture the imagination as sharks do. Emerging long before the first dinosaurs, sharks have masterfully adapted for their ecological and predatory roles within the marine food chain—refinements of 400 million years of evolution. With qualities like teeth replaced without limit and the ability to detect electrical signals given off by prey, the 500+ known shark species are wonders of our oceans’ depths.

The adaptations of sharks include light, flexible skeletons of cartilage, teeth replaced without limit, and skin covered by a hydrodynamic surface of tiny tooth-like structures. Their enviably keen senses include one that detects electrical signals given off by prey and enables navigation by Earth’s magnetic field. Their nervous systems are adapted to sense miniscule water movements — from a struggling, far-off fish for instance.

Primal fears aside, people threaten sharks more than they do us. Sharks are overfished — often before reaching reproductive maturity. Cutting off fins for a soup delicacy also collapses populations. There is hope. Shark ecotourism allows us to witness their grace. Increased study expands our knowledge of these fantastic creatures.


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Designer: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC.
Art Director: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC.
Typographer: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC.
Artist: Sam Weber, Brooklyn, NY.
Modeler: Sandra Lane/Michelle Finn.

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