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Sp.686 New Year's Greeting Postage Stamps (Issue of 2019)

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Stamp SN D686
Stamp Name Sp.686 New Year's Greeting Postage Stamps (Issue of 2019)
Stamp Cat Standard Special Stamps
Stamp Cat Lunar New Year
Issue date 2019-12-03
Suspersion date
Dimension of stamps(mm.) 26 × 34 (mm)
Size of souvenir Sheet (mm.) 110 × 76 (mm)
Printer Cardon Enterprise Co., Ltd.
Designer UP Creative Design and Advertising Corporation
Creative Director
Sheet composition 20(4 × 5)
Print color Colorful
Process Offset
Paper Phosphorescent stamp paper
Perforation 13
To welcome the arrival of the New Year, Chunghwa Post is releasing a set of two stamps and a souvenir sheet on the rats. The stamps resemble wood-block prints, and their clean lines evoke the vitality of the Year of the Rat. Their individual designs are described below:
1. NT$6 stamp: This stamp features images of rat and old-style coins. The Chinese word for “counting” is a homonym for “rat,” so the image suggests the auspicious idea of counting one’s money as a new year arrives.
2. NT$13 stamp: This stamp features a pulsating mouse framed by clouds to convey an image of the arrival of a happy and vibrant new year.
3. NT$15 souvenir sheet: This souvenir sheet features a pair of rats, one red and one purple, which are facing each other. With a radiant sun and a money tree, the image suggests the idea of “hitting the big time” (“big red, big purple” conveys that meaning in a Chinese expression) with regard to one’s finances.
To add philatelic interest, a set of “New Year’s Greeting Postage Stamps (Issue of 2019) Uncut Press Sheets,” which will come in a special tube, will be released along with the stamps. The release will feature one certificate of authenticity, one uncut press sheet of souvenir sheet (comprising nine small sheets), and two uncut press sheets (one containing two panes of 20 NT$6 stamps and the other containing two panes of 20 NT$13 stamps). The margins will feature marks left over from the printing process, including traffic lights and cut lines. Since 2009 Chunghwa Post has successively released philatelic products of this type, which are highly valued as collectibles. This item will not apply to any discount measures.
(1) First Day Cover (162 mm × 114 mm): NT$2 apiece
(2) FDC for souvenir sheet (235 mm × 120 mm): NT$3 apiece
(3) Folder (with or without mount): NT$5 apiece
(4) Folder with mount for souvenir sheet: NT$8 apiece
(5) Loose-leaf album page: NT$16 apiece
(6) Pre-cancelled FDC affixed with one NT$6-denominated stamp: NT$8 apiece
(7) Pre-cancelled FDC affixed with a complete set of stamps: NT$21 apiece
(8) Pre-cancelled FDC affixed with a souvenir sheet: NT$18 apiece
(9) Uncut press sheets in a poster tube: NT$1,400 a unit

To purchase the relative philatelic products, please go directly to the post office branches, Postal Museum or order on line at https://stamp.post.gov.tw.