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The 2001 National Games Commemorative Issue

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Stamp SN B283
Stamp Name The 2001 National Games Commemorative Issue
Stamp Cat Standard Commemorative Stamps
Stamp Cat Games
Issue date 2001-10-18
Suspersion date
Dimension of stamps(mm.) 34 x 26 (mm)
Size of souvenir Sheet (mm.)
Printer China Color Printing Co., Inc., R.O.C.
Designer J. C. Chen
Creative Director Ben Wang
Sheet composition 20 ( 5 x 4 )
Print color Colorful
Process Deep etch offset
Paper Phosphorescent stamp paper
Perforation 12 x 12

The R.O.C. National Games has inherited the mantle of the Taiwan Provincial Games, which had been held since 1946. In 1974 the name of the provincial games was changed to the "Taiwan Area Athletic Meet." This year, at the dawn of a new century and in the 90th year of the Republic of China, the games are--for the first time ever--being held jointly by the counties of Kaohsiung and Pingtung and the City of Kaohsiung, in order to make use of the best athletic resources within the three places. The Directorate General of Posts will issue a set of two stamps entitled "The 2001 National Games Commemorative Issue" on October 18, 2001. The stamps, which will have denominations of NT$5.00 and NT$25.00, have been designed by UP Creative Design, and China Color Printing Co., Ltd. is handling the deep-etch color offset printing.

The stamps combine athletics and art, displaying the power and beauty of the athletically engaged human body. They take as their themes sports at which Taiwanese excel in international competitions, including table tennis, weight lifting and Taekwondo, as well as events especially representative of athletics, such as track and field, and swimming. Crisscrossing lines of contrasting shade in the background impart a sense of speed and suggest the image of Kaohsiung as a "city of water"; a torch is used to symbolize the Olympics; and a map of Taiwan is included to show the location of the games. The stamps also include symbols of the sponsoring local governments: a phoenix head (Kaohsiung County), ocean waves (Kaohsiung City), steep mountains (Pingtung County), and a 100 paces snake totem (symbolic of the culture of southern Taiwanese aborigines). All of the above are combined in the shape of a phoenix with wings spread, which represents the special environment and culture of the sponsoring localities.

By- issues:

(1)First Day Cover in small size to be sold at NT$2 apiece.

(2)Folder especially prepared for the stamps to be sold at NT$5 apiece.

(3)Folder with crystal mount for better protection of the stamps to be sold at NT$5 apiece.

(4)Loose-leaf stamp album page with plastic cover to be sold at NT$8 apiece.

(5)Pre-cancelled First Day Cover affixed with a low-valued stamp to be sold at NT$7 apiece.

(6) Pre-cancelled First Day Cover affixed with a complest set of stamps to be sold at NT$32 apiece.

(7)Stamps Pictorial to be sold at NT$150 apiece.