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2024 Year of the Dragon Set of Mint Stamps

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Mint set of four gummed stamps.

Individual stamps
$2.00 Longevity Noodles

This stamp depicts a dragon spilling forth from a fern-laden bowl of noodles, mixing Kiwi and Chinese iconography. Noodles are often eaten during Chinese New Year, their length representing the wish for a long and prosperous life.

$3.30 Garden of Prosperity

In this stamp, a dragon aids a toddler in harvesting a Chinese cabbage, emblematic of market gardeners’ contribution to New Zealand horticulture.

$4.00 Land of Good Fortune

In 1865, the gold rush in Otago attracted miners from Canton, China. This stamp displays cherubs holding mining tools, their work guarded by the watchful eye of a dragon.

$6.90 Festive Fireworks

Thomas Wong Doo, born in Canton around 1903, founded a shop that sold fireworks on Hobson Street, Auckland in 1940. This stamp depicts a puppet-like dragon, with starbursts of fireworks exploding in the distance.

This stamp issue celebrates the Chinese New Year in the Year of the Dragon. Click here for more information.

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Date of issue: 6 December 2023
Number of stamps: Four gummed stamps
Denominations: $2.00, $3.30, $4.00 & $6.90
Stamps and first day covers designed by: YMC Design, Wellington, New Zealand
Printer and process: Brebner Print, Napier, New Zealand by offset lithography
Number of colours: Four process colours
Stamp size and format: 30mm x 40mm (vertical)
Miniature sheet size and format: 135mm x 90mm (horizontal)
Paper type: Arconvert Securpost premium gummed stamp paper 110gsm
Number of stamps per sheet: 20
Perforation gauge: 13.33
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 5 December 2024. First day covers will remain on sale until 31 January 2024.
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