SingPost issues Zodiac Pig stamps, completing 12-year series
SINGAPORE, 3 January 2019 – Singapore Post Limited (SingPost) celebrates Chinese New Year with the launch of a set of stamps on 4 January 2019 commemorating the start of the Chinese Year of the Pig. The new stamps complete SingPost’s Zodiac stamp series, which began in 2008 in step with the current Chinese zodiac cycle.
The stamp issue consists of three graphical illustrations of the pig, the 12th animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac calendar. The Zodiac Pig stamps are designed in a similar artistic style as the rest of the stamps in the Zodiac stamp series. The established artist behind the illustrations for the entire series is Mr Leo Teck Chong, who has designed some 40 sets of national stamps since 1988.
The Chinese Zodiac is a repeating cycle of 12 years, with each year of the Chinese lunar calendar represented by an animal and its reputed attributes. In order, the animals are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.
According to tradition, those born in the Year of the Pig are said to be carefree, peaceloving, and fun. They are honest, sincere, and brave, with a deep desire for knowledge. Famous personalities born in the Year of the Pig include the Dalai Lama, Hillary Clinton, and Elton John.
Zodiac Pig Series
The set of mint stamps comes in three denominations: 1st Local, 70 cents and $1.30.
Pre-cancelled First Day Covers affixed with the complete set of stamps and cancelled with a special Zodiac Pig postmark are available at $3.75 each. Collector’s Sheets with commemorative $5 and $10 stamps may be purchased at $16.80, and the Presentation Pack retails at $4.80.
Zodiac Pig set of mint stamps: $2.30
Zodiac Pig Pre-cancelled First Day Cover: $3.75
Zodiac Pig Collector’s Sheet: $16.80
Zodiac Pig Presentation Pack: $4.80
Zodiac Series – 12-Year Complete Cycle Special Edition and Special Lo Hei Stamp
Two special stamp sheets, each displaying six Zodiac animals, may be purchased at $16.80 each. Collector’s Sheets featuring all 12 Zodiac animals will be available at $8.80.
The Complete Zodiac Series Presentation Pack, featuring special rainbow foil stamping and UV background, will retail at $38.
A special Lo Hei stamp featuring ingredients of the iconic Chinese New Year appetizer will be sold at $8.55.
Zodiac Series Special Stamp Sheet I: $16.80
Zodiac Series Special Stamp Sheet II: $16.80
Zodiac Series Collector’s Sheet: $8.80
Complete Zodiac Series Presentation Pack: $38
Special Edition Lo Hei Stamp: $8.55
The stamps will go on sale from 4 January 2019 at all post offices, the Philatelic Store @ GPO (where a special Year of the Pig cachet will be available) and the Singapore Philatelic Museum. They may also be purchased online at https://shop.singpost.com/. The Lo Hei stamp and the Zodiac Series Collector’s Sheet will be available from 4 February 2019.
Mr Leo will be at the Philatelic Store on 4 January 2019, from 5pm to 7pm, to autograph his stamp designs. Mr Leo is the founding executive creative director of O’Meteor Creative Artel and has won numerous international and local awards in advertising and design, including The One Show, D&AD, Cannes Lion, New York Festivals Advertising Awards, and Adfest.
Postage labels bought at SAM kiosks at the General Post Office will feature a limited-run Chinese New Year design from 25 January 2019.
SingPost is also launching the following gifts as part of the Zodiac series, the full range of which will be available at the Philatelic Store and at shop.singpost.com, as well as at the SingPost booth at the River HongBao 2019 festival from 3 February 2019 to 10 February 2019.
Zodiac MyStamp Folder (Pig) and Spring Decorative MyStamp Sheet: $21.80
Zodiac Pig MyStamp Sheet: $12
Zodiac Pig Special Collector’s Set: $28
Zodiac Pig Stamps Special Collection: $21.80 (from 4 February 2019)
Gem Encrusted Pig: $238
Special Edition Zodiac Pig Frame: $38
12 Zodiac Cycle Lacquer Tray: $188
Special Edition 12 Zodiac Lacquer Tray: $188
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