Thursday, December 29, 2011

Republic of China issues New Years Stamps

To welcome the Chinese New Year of the Dragon, Chunghwa Post is issued a set of two New Year’s Greeting Postage Stamps  and a souvenir sheet on December 1, 2011 featuring the upcoming year’s animal sign. Continuing the pop modern art and traditional Chinese ink-wash styles of the 2010 issue, the vignette of each of the stamps features a dragon or dragons colored with regal purple and nature’s green against an orange background with random yellow splatters. The bright color scheme brings a joyous atmosphere to the Year of the Dragon. The designs are as  follows:

1. NT$3.50 Stamp: Staring into each other’s eyes, this pair of dragons represents the idea of “belonging to each other” and symbolizes that “all one’s wishes will come true.”

2. NT$13.00 Stamp: Holding its head up high and ready to spring into action, the image of this dragon represents “pride” and symbolizes “joy and good health.”

3. NT$12.00 Souvenir Sheet: The image of a proud dragon soaring in the sky conveys the idea of “promotion” and “success.”

To add to collectability and philatelic interest, two press sheets are included in this year’s issue. Each of these uncutsheets is composed of two panes of 20 stamps, with denominations of NT$3.50 and NT$13.00 respectively. Printer’s markings remain on the sheet margin. Also included are a poster tube for storing the press sheets and a certificate of authenticity. Launched in 2009, this series of philatelic items provides a glimpse into the printing process of postage stamps. Produced in limited quantities, the item is very much worth collecting.

The Technical Details of this issue are presented below.

Sheet composition: 20 (5 x 4)

First day cancel
 Paper used: Phosphorescent stamp paper                         

Designer for this issue: Chen Peiyi

Printer used for this issue: China Color Printing Co., Ltd.

The individual stamps have a size of:  34 x 26 (mm)

The multi color stamps were printed by the offset method of printing and have a perforation of 13. the NT3.50 value has a printing total of 4,000,00 while the NT13.00 total was 1,500,000

The size of souvenir sheet  110 x 76 (mm)  while the stamp in the center of the souvenir sheet has a size of  64 x 40 (mm) and has a perforation of  12 ½ . The printing total was 1,400,00.

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