Stamp Issue "Lunar Year of the Pig"
03/01/2019 16:30


Macao Post and Telecommunications Bureau will release the last issue of the third series of Chinese Zodiac philatelic products with the stamp theme “Lunar Year of the Pig” on 5th January, 2019. The conceptual design of the stamp is combined with the different forms of the pig and the distinguishing characteristics of “Metal, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth”. The year of pig, the pig’s nature from the “Five Elements” is “Earth Pig”, so it becomes the main character of the five stamps.

The “Earth Pig” stamp is applied with emboss printing technique together with symphony holographic to highlight the “purple clay” teapot image of Lunar animal, and with a jade-carved teapot. Being the clay and jade of the same element, and in Cantonese the word “jewel” homophonous “pig”, the design in a creative way of using both to represent the nature of the earth element. In the souvenir sheet, the couplets “The bell tolls to announce prosperity, The pearl shines with the arrival of peace”, represent that the Year of the Pig celebrated this year is at the intersection of two complementary treasures - the “Ji” stem and the “Hai” branch, where “Ji” is represented by the “Bell made for the Marquis of Ji” and the “Hai” is represented by a legendary, brilliant pearl called “Pearl Haiji”. The bell tolls to announce prosperity of the Year of the Pig while the glow of the pearl welcomes the tranquility brought by this year.

The above issue will be available for sale at the General Post Office and the Communications Museum, from 9:00a.m. to 5:30p.m., the Maritime Ferry Terminal Post Office, from 11:00a.m. to 6:00p.m., and the Airport Post Office, from 10:00a.m. to 7:00p.m. The mail service for the relative philatelic products cancelled with the commemorative postmark will be available on the issue date at the above locations. The philatelic products are as follows:

Philatelic Products Selling Price Quantity
Set of 5 Stamps 15.50 patacas 300,000
Sheetlet 77.50 patacas  
Souvenir Sheet 12.00 patacas 300,000
First Day Cover with Stamps 21.50 patacas 9,500
First Day Cover with Souvenir Sheet 18.00 patacas 9,500
Information Brochure 7.00 patacas 5,000
Information Brochure with Stamps 22.50 patacas  
Information Brochure with Souvenir Sheet 19.00 patacas  
Set of 5 Postcards 15.00 patacas 4,000
Set of 5 Maximum Cards 30.50 patacas  

Besides the above philatelic products, the following three philatelic products with the theme of Chinese Zodiac will also be issued:

Presentation Pack:
This presentation pack contains five stamps, one souvenir sheet, one first day cover with stamps and one first day cover with souvenir sheet of the same issue, this pack is priced at MOP100.00.

Gift Set of Teapot and Stamps:
A prestigious gift box contains an exquisite teapot in the image of “Pig” and a presentation pack with five stamps of the same issue, priced at MOP468.00. It is certainly the first choice of an elegant gift on this Lunar New Year, and it will only be available for sale at the Philatelic Shop of General Post Office. Limited quantity! Get the opportunity to add value to your collection!

Commemorative Envelope (Joint Issue)
Macao Post and Telecommunications Bureau and China National Philatelic Corporation are jointly issue a commemorative envelope with the printing quantity of 20,000 envelopes, it affixed with one set of five stamps at MOP15.50 and one set of two stamps at RMB2.40 of the same issue and cancelled with the postmarks of Macao and China respectively, the total of 3,000 to be sold in Macao is priced at MOP28.00.

The stamp designer of this issue is Mr. Wilson Chi Ian Lam, and the text of the information brochure is written by Mr. Lawrence Lei and Mr. Lao Wah.

This is the first theme in 2019.

Technical Data of Stamp “Lunar Year of the Pig”


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