Mint set of four gummed stamps.
Individual stamps included in this set
Chinese calligraphy is the art of writing Chinese characters with a brush. It’s a key part of Chinese culture, traditions and everyday life. Couplet writing and calligraphy continue to have an essential role in Chinese New Year celebrations today, and feature in the design of this year’s $1.30 Year of the Rat stamp.
Chinese paper-cutting is a type of folk art that has been part of Chinese culture for thousands of years. Paper-cutting art is known to be very intricate, with clever use of negative space. While used mostly for decorative purposes, paper-cutting is a common art form for Chinese New Year decorations.
$3.30 The Rat
The ship rat is the most commonly found rat in New Zealand, having stowed aboard the vessels of early European settlers. Common on New Zealand’s main islands, the rat poses a threat to native species who are vulnerable to this imported predator. This stamp celebrates the spirit of the Rat in the Chinese zodiac.
$4.00 Sky Tower
The Chinese New Year celebration is one of Auckland’s event highlights. The Sky Tower is a landmark of Auckland city and is represented in this year’s $4.00 stamp. The bright red light on the Sky Tower represents the Chinese New Year and Auckland’s multicultural community and diversity.
|Date of issue:||4 December 2019|
|Number of stamps:||Four gummed stamps|
|Denominations:||$1.30, $2.60, $3.30, $4.00|
|Stamps, miniature sheet and first day covers designed by:||Asiaworks, Auckland, New Zealand|
|Printer and process:||Australia Post by offset lithography|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours|
|Stamp size and format:||30mm x 40mm (vertical)|
|Miniature sheet size and format:||150mm x 90mm (horizontal)|
|Paper type:||Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor, OBA free, PVA gummed paper|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||25|
|Perforation gauge:||13.33 x 13|
|Special blocks:||Plate/imprint blocks may be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks are available in A and B formats.|
|Period of sale:||Unless stocks are exhausted earlier, these stamps will remain on sale until 3 December 2020. First day covers will remain on sale until 29 January 2020.|