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Special 302 Chinese Zodiac Postage Stamps (1992)

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Stamp SN D302
Stamp Name Special 302 Chinese Zodiac Postage Stamps (1992)
Stamp Cat Standard Special Stamps
Stamp Cat Lunar New Year, Zodiac
Issue date 1992-02-18
Suspersion date
Dimension of stamps(mm.) 26x34
Size of souvenir Sheet (mm.)
Printer China Color Printing Co. Inc., R.O.C.
Designer Chuang Chu-mei
Creative Director
Sheet composition 6×10
Dimension (mm.) :26×34
Print color
Process Deep etch offset
Paper Locally-made mat finished,<br>watermarked stamp paper with gum<br>
Perforation 12 1/2

   The permutations and combinations of the Decimal Cycle (Heavenly Stems) and the Duodecimal Cycle (Earthly Branches) are usually used to mark a complete cycle of every sixty years. It is named the Ganjy system, also known as Jiahtzyy, a traditional way to reckon years in China. The Duodecimal Cycle (Earthly Branches) is represented by twelve species of animals including Rat, Ox, Tiger, Hare, Dragon, Serpent, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Cock, Dog and Pig. Therefore, they are called the twelve Chinese Zodiac animals.

   The first set of New Year's Greeting Postage Stamps was issued in 1968. Since then, 24 sets of Chinese Zodiac Postage Stamps have been released. The monkey stamps issued on November 30, 1991, have just completed the two series cycle of Chinese Zodiac Postage Stamps. The second series of Chinese New Year's Greeting (Chinese Zodiac) Postage Stamps had concise and abstract sketches, roundness and a series which symbolized reunion every year. This Directorate composed these twelve stamps in order and released a set of stamps and a souvenir sheet (182×102 mm.) with face values of 5.00, in se-tenant of twelve stamps in two horizontal lines of six stamps each.