The year 2000 is a sacred year to the western Christian world. All around the world, people are holding all kinds of celebrations to welcome this once-in-a-thousand-years event. As the twentieth century is coming to an end, people of the world are greeting the 21st century with high spirits, hoping that the new century will be blessed with advanced technology, prosperity and world peace. In accordance with the coming of the millennium, this Directorate is issuing a set of four Y2K stamps and a souvenir sheet about the millennium, on the themes of information, environmental protection, industrial and economic development and peace. Two stamps will have denominations of N$5.00, one a denomination of NT$12.00 and the last a denomination of NT$15.00 The stamps are scheduled to be released on December 31, 1999. The stamp designs were painted by Mr. Chang Sheng-chuan. Mr. Wang Ping-nan served as creative director for these stamps, and China Color Printing Co. Inc. handled the color deep etch offset printing. The designs are as follow: 1.) The Information Millennium The launching of the ROCSAT-1, the first satellite over which our nation has full control, should help Taiwan to become an Asian-Pacific operations hub. The ROC is making great strides to enter the ranks of the leading high-tech nations. 2.) The Environmental Protection Millennium We only have one earth. If we don't pay attention to environmental protection now, maybe in the future we will have neither the agile Formosan Sika deer nor clear creeks. We hope that the world will take pause for greater reflection and pay attention to environmental issues, so that nature can survive forever. 3.) The Industrial and Economic Millennium Hi-tech industry is the trend of the future. The super modern buildings and the high-speed railway currently under construction in Taiwan are but two of the many fruits that show that the ROC is a developed nation with stable and prosperous industrial economy. 4.) The Millennium of Peace With St. Peter's as a background (the Vatican is a country in Europe that has diplomatic relation with the ROC) and the white dove of peace as the main theme, this stamp attempts to show the power religion has to promote world peace.
(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$6.00 apiece. (6)Pre-cancelled First Day Cover affixed with acomplete set of stamps to be sold at NT$38.00 apiece. (7)Pre-cancelled First Day Cover affixed with asouvenir sheet to be sold at NT$39.00 apiece. (8)The Y2K Postage Stamps Pictorial will be sold at NT$200.00 apiece with a total of 50,000 copies issued jointly. Ben Wang, the original creative director of the stamps, delicately plans this pictorial. The Pictorial will consist of one set of four Y2K postage stamps, one pre-cancelled FDC affixed with a complete set of stamps, 4 pieces of colorpostal cards, which can be torn apart for mailing and a souvenir sheet card with the signature of the planner. Chinese and English interpretations with relative photographs will be used to describe the four subjects: "information", "environmental protection", "industrial and economic development" and "peace."Although the date of issue is a holiday, the seven philatelic centers,which are founded in Taipei, Taichung, Kaohsiung, Hsinchu, Chiayi,Tainan and Hualien, will set up temporary post offices selling the pictorials inserted with the above-mentioned souvenir sheet cancelled with a special cachet by each temporary post office in order to servestamp collectors.