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Sp 420  The Zodiac Postage Stamps-Earth Signs

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Stamp SN D420A
Stamp Name Sp 420  The Zodiac Postage Stamps-Earth Signs
Stamp Cat Standard Special Stamps
Stamp Cat Constellation
Issue date 2001-04-20
Suspersion date
Dimension of stamps(mm.) 橢圓長徑34mm﹐短徑24mm
Size of souvenir Sheet (mm.)
Printer China Color Printing Co., Inc., R.O.C.
Designer Chen I-sung
Creative Director Ben Wang
Sheet composition 20 ( 5 x 4 )
Print color
Process Deep etch offset
Perforation 橢圓11 1/2;外框12
With the excellent public reception for “Air signs,” the first in a series of astrological stamp sets, the Directorate General of Posts is now issuing the second set in the series. This time it’s the “Earth Signs”: Capricorn, Taurus and Virgo. The given sign’s constellation chart will be the main theme of each stamp. Each stamp will also include smaller designs showing the constellation’s location, as well as the sign’s symbol, its Chinese and English names, and its dates. In addition to the regular rectangular perforation on the edge of each stamp, there will be a perforated oval within each stamp to suggest the orbit of a planet. Ancient Western astronomers divided the Zodiac into 12 signs based on the constellation of the sky. (Likewise, the ancient Chinese had their own astrological system that divided the zodiac into 12 sections, each of which had a corresponding terrestrial branch). The signs (and branches) are Aries (hsu), Taurus (yu), Gemini (shen), Cancer (wei), Leo (wu), Virgo (szu), Libra (chen), Scorpio (mao), Sagittarius (yin), Capricorn (chou), Aquarius (tzu) and Pisces (hai). Knowing about the different characteristics of each sign can help you better understand yourself and others, and with this knowledge you can perfect your life.         
(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 complete set of stamps to be sold at NT$44 apiece.