Stamps featuring the 12 Animals of Lunar New Year Cycle

12 Animals of the Lunar New Year Cycle
12 Animals of the Lunar New Year Cycle

The Philippine Postal Corporation will issue a sheetlet of 12 stamps and a set of 2 special limited-edition souvenir sheets featuring the 12 animals of lunar new year cycle.

Kind of Issue:Special
Denomination & Quantities(P6.00 x 12) – – – 12,500
Souvenir Sheet (A)P75.00 – – – – 5,000
Souvenir Sheet (B)P75.00 – – – – 5,000
Date of IssueSeptember 9, 2004
Last Day of SaleSeptember 8, 2005 (as stock allows)
Size of Stamps40mm x 30mm
Size of Souvenir Sheets140mm x 175mm
Printing Process:Litho-Offset (4 colors)
Paper:Imported Unwatermarked
PrinterAmstar Company, Inc.
DesignerDavid U. Dujunco
Design CoordinatorDr. Ngo Tiong Tak
DesignModified versions of 12 animal designs featured in previous series of New Year Stamps

Starting 1991, Philpost has issued a set of stamps for every Chinese New Year, featuring the animal associated with the coming lunar new year. The first set of 2 stamps was issued in December of 1991 to usher in the year of the Monkey, which starts on February 4, 1992. From 1992 to 2003, a set of 2 stamps and 2 souvenir sheets (one perforated and the other imperforate) were issued.

Since a complete cycle has been issued already (each with 2 stamps and 2 souvenir sheets), it is just appropriate for Philpost to issue a collective sheet featuring all the 12 animals in a complete Lunar New Year Cycle. The 2 special souvenir sheets have adjoining labels listing the dates that each Lunar New Year begins and ends in the Western calendar. These 2 souvenir sheets each has total face values of P36 but they are being sold at P75 each. The premium is earmarked for the Philpost Philatelic Reserve Fund (PPRF), which will be used for the development and promotion of Philippine Philately.

The sheetlet of 12, the 2 souvenir sheets and the 2 first day covers will be available starting 9 September 2004 at the Philatelic Service, Door 203, Liwasang Bonifacio, 1000 Manila and all Regional Offices of the Philippine Postal Corporation.

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