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Year of the Monkey

Chinese New Year

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue January 12, 2016
Year 2016
Quantity 5,000,000
Perforation or Dimension 32 mm x 32 mm
Series Chinese New Year
Series Time Span 1997 - 2020
Printer Colour Innovations
Postal Administration Canada

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Condition Name Avg Price
M-NH-VF Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine
Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine $1.70
U-VF Used - Very Fine
Used - Very Fine $0.40
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Booklet of 10 stamps

Quantity Produced - 250,000
Original Price: $8.50
Dimension: 32 mm x 32 mm
Printing Process: Lithography in 7 colours

Pane of 25 stamps

Quantity Produced - 100,000
Original Price: $21.25
Dimension: 32 mm x 32 mm
Printing Process: Lithography in 7 colours, embossing, 1 foil stamping
Gum Type: PVA

Official First Day Cover

Quantity Produced - 28,000
Cancellation Location: Toronto ON
Original Price: $1.85
Dimension: 191 mm x 113 mm

About Stamp

The eighth stamp in the Lunar New Year series celebrates the Year of the Monkey, which begins February 8, 2016, and ends January 27, 2017.

The ninth creature in the lunar cycle is an all-powerful symbol of honour, luck, riches and longevity, according to Chinese custom. Monkey symbols traditionally include an element of “-godliness”– one of the reasons they are ubiquitous in classic Chinese art and architecture.

Those lucky enough to be born in the Year of the Monkey count brilliance, flexibility, skillfulness and inventiveness among their traits, along with an excellent memory, an iron will and a strong drive to succeed. On the downside, Monkeys are said to be easily frustrated by delays, tend to look down on others and have a fast-flaring temper that (fortunately) cools quickly. Canadians born in this lunar year include singer Céline Dion, actress Kim Cattrall and legendary pianist Glenn Gould.

These domestic and international stamps were inspired by the legend of the Monkey King Sun WuKong, one of the main characters in the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West. Also transformed into a famous Chinese opera, the story tells of how the sovereign accompanied the monk Xuanzang on a journey to India to retrieve Buddhist texts known as sutras.

In keeping with previous issues, the domestic and international stamps come together on a stylized souvenir sheet and an uncut press sheet. A transitional souvenir sheet heralding the end of the Ram’s reign and the start of the Monkey’s year is also available.

Designed by Albert Ng and Linna Xu, the stamps not only depict the Monkey imagery but also feature popular New Year’s greetings, which appear at the edge of the pane and on all of the souvenir sheets.


Design: Albert Ng and Linna Xu. Illustration: Albert Ng.

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