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Special 126 New Year’s Greeting Postage Stamps (Issue of 1976)

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Stamp SN D126
Stamp Name Special 126 New Year’s Greeting Postage Stamps (Issue of 1976)
Stamp Cat Standard Special Stamps
Stamp Cat Lunar New Year, Zodiac
Issue date 1976-12-15
Suspersion date
Dimension of stamps(mm.)
Size of souvenir Sheet (mm.)
Printer China Color Printing Co. Inc., R.O.C.
Designer Day Der & Chen Hung-wei
Creative Director
Sheet composition 10×10
Print color
Process Deep etch offset
Paper Locally-made mat finished, watermarked stamp paper with gum

Perforation 13 1/2
       1977 is the Year of the Snake, a brazen staff with a serpent coiled around it-the emblem of medicine, was adopted as the motif of this set of stamps.  According to Roman mythology, Aesculapius, the son of Apollo-the God of Light-was a great physician. He was able to heal all manner of maladies. Even those who were sick to death were delivered from their agony. Consequently, he was honored as the God of Medicine. It is said that serpents, the sacred servants of Aesculapius, had a part in each cure. His clublike staff with a serpent coiled around it was regarded as a sign of kindness to save people by practicing medicine. In addition, there is the Biblical story of the Brazen Serpent made by Moses to save the Israelites. Thus, in western tradition the coiled serpent become the symbol of the art of healing-kindness, goodness, and health.