|Date of Issue
|January 9, 2017
|Perforation or Dimension
|32 mm x 32 mm
|Chinese New Year
|Series Time Span
|1997 - 2021
|Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine
|Only available to paid users
|Used - Very Fine
|Only available to paid users
Hoping to catch more shut-eye January 28? Don’t count on it! You just might wake early to the crowing of the Rooster as it announces the arrival of its namesake year in the Chinese lunar calendar. Those born under this cocky sign – which rules the roost until February 15, 2018 – are said to be honest, hardworking and punctual. Although their tendency to boast might rub some the wrong way, Roosters also have a knack for winning friends with their wit and charm.
The ninth issue in our most recent series celebrating the Chinese New Year, these domestic- and international-rate stamps showcase striking designs by Montréal-based Paprika. The gold-line work on the international stamp captures the Rooster’s stately profile, while the undulating pattern on the domestic stamp features the fowl in full form – its chest puffed out with pride. The pane of 25 complements the wavy design by rotating the stamps throughout the sheet – a first for Canada Post.
To start the sesquicentennial, these elegant designs strut their stuff for Canada’s birthday – as will each issue in 2017. "CANADA 150" is hidden in tagging around the stamps and revealed only in black light, while the official Canada 150 logo adorns the uncut press sheet and pane of 25 in the same gold used to enhance the stamps.
The image below shows the "CANADA 150" message under black lighting.
Canada Post started issuing Chinese New Year stamps in 1997. Since then, Canada Post has been issuing a stamp for the Chinese New Year each year.
From 2009 to 2020, Canada Post issued an exquisite Chinese New Year stamp that was part of one of Canada Post’s most popular and longest-running series, which featured such elaborate techniques as gold and silver foiling and multi-level embossing.
In 2021, Canada Post issued a special tribute to the culmination of more than a decade of award-winning stamps. This retrospective brought together in a single issue all the stamps from their 2009-2020 Lunar New Year series.
The Lunar New Year cycle showcased all of the animals in the Chinese zodiac: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Ram, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. Conceived well before the series was launched, this collection features 24 stamps based on the designs of all the previous domestic and international rate stamps in the last 12 years.
“Even before we began this series of Lunar New Year stamps, we envisioned bringing them all together for a grand finale,” explains Jim Phillips, Director of Stamp Services. “That required a plan from the very beginning. We developed standardized specifications that made the stamps consistent across issues in terms of dimension, format and palette, but still allowed sufficient creative freedom for each to be spectacular in its own right.”
Brought together by Paprika from Montréal, these eye-catching stamps feature the work of the many design firms and designers who contributed to the series over the years. The result is a unique collectible that is a fitting tribute to Lunar New Year celebrations everywhere.