TORONTO, Jan. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - Canada Post today honoured the Year of
the Dragon by issuing a pair of stamps and collectibles to mark the
Lunar New Year. A dragon year is said to be a time of innovation, risk
and achievement. These stamps are the fourth release in a twelve-year
Lunar New Year series.
"Lunar New Year is celebrated around the world, in countries and
territories with significant Chinese communities. Canada Post is proud
to celebrate the occasion by issuing these popular stamps," said Jim
Phillips, Director of Stamp Services at Canada Post. "The stamps in the
Lunar New Year series are always well received by both members of the
Chinese community and collectors. As in past years, these images are
complex and striking, and the foil and embossing techniques are
The dragon on the domestic-rate PERMANENT™ stamp is fully embossed and
gold foil is used prominently in the creature's scales. Swirls, a
graphic element from ancient Chinese designs, are placed at the bottom
of the stamp to represent the water element. The Chinese characters in
the top right corner spell out "dragon."
A fiery red dragon bursts from the water on the souvenir sheet bearing
an international-rate stamp. The embossing on the dragon's head is
carved by hand, with touches of foil to give it vibrancy. The
background is red, a colour used prominently during Chinese New Year
celebrations to symbolize good fortune and joy.
For the first time, Canada Post is introducing additional products
related to the Lunar New Year:
A second souvenir sheet—a 'transitional' collectible—that features both
Rabbit and Dragon international stamps, as well selvedge depicting last
year's Rabbit exiting from the left as the Dragon enters from the
A wallet-sized mini-booklet with six gummed International stamps that
will enable stamp and New Year enthusiasts to keep a convenient supply
of Dragon stamps on hand for their New Year greetings;
Packages of Lunar New Year greeting cards—with matching stamps—which
provide the opportunity to share the festive dragon that graces the
stamps with friends and family;
Two different framed collectibles: one offering a full pane of domestic
stamps and a souvenir sheet, and a second one featuring an enlargement
of the souvenir sheet.
In addition, the always highly collectible uncut press sheet features 12
souvenir sheets. The Chinese characters on the selvedge bear the names
of all the Zodiac creatures, and the calligraphy along the bottom
offers greetings and wishes for luck in the New Year, in a tone similar
to messages found in fortune cookies.
About the Stamps
The Year of the Dragon PERMANENT domestic stamp measures 32 mm x 32 mm
(square) and the souvenir sheet measures 40 mm x 140 mm (vertical).
The stamps have 13+ perforations and are general tagged on four sides
(domestic) and three sides (international). The stamps were designed by
Louis Fishauf and Charles Vinh with calligraphy by James Tan. The
stamps are printed by Lowe-Martin and Gravure Choquet on Tullis Russell
paper using lithography in six colours plus gold foil stamping,
embossing plus varnish. The Official First Day Cover bears the
cancellation of Toronto, Ontario. Canada Post is issuing 5.25 million
of the PERMANENT domestic stamps and 500,000 souvenir sheets. The
International Rate stamp is available only on the souvenir sheet.
As in past issues in this series, the text of the stamps and related
products is in Chinese, English and French.
Stamps and related products are available at participating post offices.
They can also be ordered online by following the links at canadapost.ca/collecting or by mail order from the National Philatelic Centre. From Canada and
the United States call toll-free: 1-800-565-4362. From all other
countries, call: 1-902-863-6550. Additional information about Canadian
stamps can be found in the News section of the Canada Post website
(canadapost.ca), including photographs.
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