Stamp Issue “Lunar Year of the Rat”
03/01/2020 16:03


Macao Post and Telecommunications Bureau will release the first issue of the fourth series of Chinese Zodiac philatelic products with the stamp theme “Lunar Year of the Rat” on 5th January, 2020. The conceptual design of the fourth series is based on the four seasons “spring, summer, fall and winter”, the change of seasons, and the cycle of time. The four stamps are illustrated the images of the adorable mouse in the four seasons, specifically the Lunar New Year, Hot Summer, Mid-Autumn Festival and Christmas.


Here to share some insight from the perspective of traditional Chinese culture, namely the influence of the “thought of change” and “spirit of parity”, the reasons of why the rat is included in the Chinese zodiac and even ranked as the head of the twelve Chinese zodiac animals. On the occasion of the upcoming year of the rat, hoping the Macaoexquisite philatelic products will bring you bountiful New Year’s greetings and the cultural wisdom of the Chinese zodiac over vast time and space.


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 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 4 Stamps 17.00 patacas 260,000
Sheetlet 68.00 patacas  
Souvenir Sheet 14.00 patacas 300,000
Prestige Stamp Booklet (With 2 sets of 8 stamps) 40.00 patacas 20,000
First Day Cover with Stamps 23.00 patacas 9,000
First Day Cover with Souvenir Sheet 20.00 patacas 9,000
Information Brochure 7.00 patacas 4,500
Information Brochure with Stamps 24.00 patacas  
Information Brochure with Souvenir Sheet 21.00 patacas  
Set of 4 Postcards 12.00 patacas 3,500
Set of 4 Maximum Cards 29.00 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 one set of four 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 MOP120.00.


Gift Set of Gaiwans and Stamps :

A prestigious gift box contains two “purple clay” gaiwans of “Lunar Year of the Rat”, with the theme “spring and summer” and “fall and winter” respectively, and a presentation pack with one set of four stamps, priced at MOP468.00.  It is certainly an excellent product, either as a collectable or as an elegant gift, 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 issued a commemorative envelope of “Lunar Year of the Rat” with the printing quantity of 20,000 envelopes, it affixed with one set of four Macao stamps at MOP17.00 of the above issue and one set of two China stamps at RMB2.40 and cancelled with the postmarks of Macao and China respectively, the total of 3,000 to be sold in Macao is priced at MOP30.00.


The stamp designer of this issue is Mr. Ng Wai Kin, and the text of the information brochure is written by Mr. Lei Kun Teng.


This is the first theme of 2020 issues.


Technical Data of Stamp “Lunar Year of the Rat”


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