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Special 407 New Year’s Greeting Postage Stamps (1999)

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Stamp SN D407
Stamp Name Special 407 New Year’s Greeting Postage Stamps (1999)
Stamp Cat Standard Special Stamps
Stamp Cat Lunar New Year, Zodiac
Issue date 1999-12-01
Suspersion date
Dimension of stamps(mm.) 26x34(mm)
Size of souvenir Sheet (mm.) 78 x 102(mm)
Printer China Color Printing Co., Inc., R.O.C.
Drawer
Designer Lin Chun-liang
Photographer
Engraver
Creative Director
Sheet composition 20 ( 4 x 5 )
Print color Colorful
Process Deep etch offset
Paper Phosphorescent stamp paper
Back
Perforation 12 1/2 x 12
To accommodate the public's need to send New Year's greeting cards, the Directorate General of Posts plans to issue a set of two New Year's Greeting Postage Stamps (issue of 1999), as well as a souvenir sheet and stamp booklet. China Color Printing Co., Inc. is handling the color deep-etch offset printing. The stamps' date of issue is December 1,
1999. Next year, 2000, is the keng-chen year (keng is the seventh of the Ten Celestial Stems and chen is the fifth of the Twelve Terrestrial Branches and signifies the year of the dragon). To welcome the year of the dragon, the Directorate has chosen the work of Mr. Lin Chun-liang, who won a competition in which artists drew the animals of the
Chinese zodiac.

The Chinese have traditionally used double-revolving combinations of the Ten Celestial Stems and the Twelve Terrestrial Branches to designate years. The full 60-year cycle is called a chia-tzu, for the first stem and first branch. The Twelve Terrestrial Branches also have animal representations: izu (rat), chou (ox), yin (ti-er), mao (rabbit), chen(dragon), szu (snake), wu (horse), wei (sheep), shen (monkey), yu (rooster), hsu (dog) and hai (pig). Each year the Directorate issues New Year's Greeting Postage Stamps taking the upcoming year's animal sign as the theme.

(1)First Day Cover in small size to be sold at NT$1.00 apiece.
First Day Cover in large size to be sold at NT$2.00 apiece.
(2)Folder especially prepared for the stamps to be sold at NT$2.00 apiece.
(3)Folder with crystal mount for better protection stamps of the stamps to be sold at NT$4.00 apiece.
Folder with crystal mount for better protection of the souvenir sheet to be sold at NT$8.00 apiece.
(4)Loose-leaf stamp album page with plastic cover to be sold at NT$16.00 apiece.
(5)Pre-cancelled First Day Cover affixed with alow-valued stamp to be sold at NT$4.50 apiece.
(6)Pre-cancelled First Day Cover affixed with acomplete set of stamps to be sold at NT$17.50 apiece.
(7)Pre-cancelled First Day Cover affixed with asouvenir sheet to be sold at NT$35.00 apiece.