Stamp Issue "Lunar Year of the Dragon"
03/01/2024 15:30

Macao Post and Telecommunications Bureau will release the fifth issue of the fourth series of Chinese Zodiac philatelic products with the stamp theme “Lunar Year of the Dragon” on 5th January, 2024. It is said that “the Dragon brings prosperity to China, and the swallows dance with the Spring.” On the joyous arrival of the Lunar Year of the Dragon, the well designed commemorative stamps are issued to wish everyone “Vigorous as Dragon and Horse”.

 

The conceptual design of the fourth series is based on the four seasons. This issue includes a set of four stamps and one souvenir sheet. With the different images and elements of the dragon, the stamps were inspired by three representative festivals and a solar term in the four seasons, namely the Chinese New Year, the Dragon Boat Festival, the Mid-Autumn Festival, and the Winter Solstice, showing the colorful changes of the seasons. Collectively resembling the shape of a rectangular grid, the four stamps share one festive square pattern which depicts the Chinese character“龍”(dragon) in cursive script.

 

The above issue will be available for sale at the General Post Office (9:00a.m. to 5:30p.m.), the Communications Museum (9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m., 2:30p.m. to 5:30p.m.), and the “Rua do Campo” Post Office (9:00a.m. to 6:00p.m.). The mail service for the philatelic products cancelled with the commemorative postmark of this issue 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 250,000
Sheetlet 68.00 patacas
Souvenir Sheet 14.00 patacas 250,000
Prestige Stamp Booklet (With 2 sets of 8 stamps) 40.00 patacas 10,000
First Day Cover with Stamps 23.00 patacas 6,000
First Day Cover with Souvenir Sheet 20.00 patacas 6,000
Information Brochure 7.00 patacas 3,500
Information Brochure with Stamps 24.00 patacas
Information Brochure with Souvenir Sheet 21.00 patacas
Set of 4 Postcards 12.00 patacas 3,000
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

The 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. It is priced at 120.00 patacas.

 

Gift Set of Gaiwan and Stamps

The prestigious gift box contains one “ceramic” gaiwan of “Lunar Year of the Dragon” with the theme of Spring, and a presentation pack with one set of four stamps. It will only be available for sale at the Philatelic Shop of General Post Office. The gift set is priced at 368.00 patacas and available in a limited quantity. Grasp the opportunity to expand your collection!

 

Commemorative Envelope (Joint Issue by China and Macao)

The commemorative envelope is affixed with stamps issued by China and Macao, including one set of two China stamps at a total of RMB2.40 and one set of four Macao stamps at a total of 17.00 patacas, and cancelled with the postmarks of China Post and Macao Post and Telecommunications respectively. Among the total printing quantity of 17,500 envelopes, the total of 2,500 envelopes to be sold in Macao are priced at 30.00 patacas each.

 

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

 

“Lunar Year of the Dragon” Joint Stamp Products by China, Hong Kong and Macao

 

This is the first time that China Post, Hongkong Post, and Macao Post and Telecommunications have jointly issued a souvenir sheet containing Chinese zodiac stamps. It reflects a diversified expression of the traditional Chinese dragon culture, and shows a well-integrated cultural bloodline of the same root. This is the thirteenth joint issue of the three postal administrations.

 

Philatelic Products Face Value Quantity
Set of 4 Stamps 17.00 patacas 775,000
Stamp 2.50 patacas 78,000

 

Among the total printing quantity of stamps, 775,000 sets of stamps are integrated into souvenir sheets, and the remaining of 78,000 stamps are printed as sheets of 50 stamps. The souvenir sheets and stamps of Macao Post and Telecommunications are transformed and sold as two types of presentation packs.

 

Presentation Pack with Souvenir Sheet (Joint Issue by China, Hong Kong and Macao)

The presentation pack contains one souvenir sheet jointly issued by the three postal administrations. It contains two sets of four imperforated China stamps at a total of RMB4.80, one set of four Hong Kong stamps at a total of HKD17.10, and one set of four Macao stamps at a total of 17.00 patacas. The total of 70,000 packs to be sold in Macao are numbered with the code “C” to represent Macao and priced at 60.00 patacas each.

 

Presentation Pack with Souvenir Sheet and Commemorative Envelope (Joint Issue by China, Hong Kong and Macao)

The presentation pack contains one souvenir sheet and one commemorative envelope jointly issued by the three postal administrations. The commemorative envelope is affixed with a China stamp at RMB1.20, a Hong Kong stamp at HKD2.20 and a Macao stamp at 2.50 patacas, and cancelled with the postmarks of China Post, Hong Kong Post and Macao Post and Telecommunications respectively. The total of 5,000 packs to be sold in Macao are priced at 78.00 patacas each.

 

This is the first theme of the 2024 issues.

 

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